Two Strand Bracelet

 

2 Strand Wire & Beads Bracelet Jewelry Making Project

This bracelet jewelry making project is called the 2 Strand Wire and Beads Bracelet for the simple reason that it is made of wire and beads connected together to form a two stranded bracelet.  You can view the bracelet in the pictures at right and below. 

The components for this bracelet were made on our WigJig Delphi or Centaur and are perfectly sized for using 6mm beads to make the bracelet.  Using a similar peg layout on our WigJig Olympus or Olympus Lite would create a bracelet pattern that would be optimized for using 8mm beads.   

Because this design involves wrapping wire around itself, this is an advanced beginner's jewelry making project. 

2 Strand Wire & Beads Bracelet Jewelry Making Project long view

Jewelry Making Supplies Tools Required
  • Forty 6mm Swarovski Crystal Pearl Beads (one package)
  • Ten 6mm Swarovski Round Crystal Beads (one package)
  • 16 inches of 20 gauge round, preferably 1/2 hard jewelry wire.
  • Four 2x2mm crimp beads
  • 20" of .019 Soft Flex or Soft Touch Bead Stringing Wire
  • Flush cutter .
  • Round nose pliers
  • Bent chain nose pliers (2)
  • Nylon jaw pliers
  • Fine Step Jaw Pliers
  • WigJig Delphi or Centaur Jewelry Making Tool
  • 3/16" Super Peg for your jig
  • Bead Crimping Pliers
  • Ruler
  • 30 minutes of free time

Skills Required:

  • Ability to make a loop in wire.
  • Ability to bend wire to make wire components on a jewelry making jig.
  • Ability to cut with with a flush cutter.
  • Ability to straighten wire with nylon jaw pliers.
  • Ability to use bead crimping pliers with crimp beads.

2 Strand Wire & Beads Bracelet Jewelry Making Project long view

There are four unique wire components that must be made to complete this bracelet.  The first component, shown on the left hand side of this bracelet is the hook portion of the clasp.  The second component is the component that connects to the hook on one side and the bracelet strands on the other.  We call this component the hook-end component.  The third wire component that must be made is the four spacer bars that keep the 2 strands in this bracelet together.  The final wire component is the end component on the opposite side of the bracelet.  This end component forms the catch portion of the clasp and we call it the catch-end component.   We will begin making these wire components from the left hand side of the bracelet shown above, with the hook and the spacer bar.  After we have completed these components, we will make Step 1 to 2 Strand Wire & Beads Bracelet Jewelry Making Projectthe hook-end component and finally the catch-end component.

Step 1:  Using your flush cutter, cut one segment of wire 2 1/4" long and four segments 1 1/8" long.  The longer segment will be used to make the hook and the shorter segments will be used to make the spacer bars. 

Step 2:  Make a loop in the end of each wire segment with the flush cut.  We used our Fine Step Jaw Pliers to make these loops.

Step 3:  Using your nylon jaw pliers, straighten each wire segment by pulling itStep 5 to 2 Strand Jewelry Wire & Beads Bracelet Jewelry Making Projectrepeatedly through the jaws of your nylon jaw pliers. 

Step 4:  Position four pegs in your jig as shown above-right.  The two pegs on the left are for making the clasp, the two pegs on the right are for making the spacer bar.  Place the initial loop in your wire segment on the jig as shown.

Step 5:  Now wrap your wire around the peg as shown at left.  Push the wire with your finger tips, holding your finger as close to the peg in the jig as you can. Step 6 to 2 Strand Jewelry Wire & Beads Bracelet Jewelry Making Project

Step 6:  At this point you can remove the small spacer bar wire component from your jig.  The wire component should appear as shown at right.

Beginner's Jewelry Wire Clasp

Step 7:  For making the clasp, you will need to continue making your clasp wire component.  Our instructions for making this clasp can be found here. When completed your clasp should appear as shown at right.  Please follow those steps and make your clasp wire component.

Step 8 to 2 Strand Jewelry Wire & Beads Bracelet Jewelry Making Project

 

Step 8:  To complete the spacer bar wire component, you will need to cut the excess wire off the component using your flush cutter.  When this step is completed your wire component should appear as shown at left. 

Step 9 to 2 Strand Jewelry Wire & Beads Bracelet Jewelry Making ProjectStep 9:  To finish the spacer bar wire component, you need to use your round nose pliers to convert each end loop into an eye loop.   Do this for all four of your spacer bar wire components.

Step 10 to 2 Strand Jewelry Wire & Beads Bracelet Jewelry Making ProjectStep 10:  Now we need to make the hook-end wire component.  Begin by cutting a segment of wire that is 2 1/2" long.  In this case, you can start working on this segment of wire by making a 1/2 loop because the loop will be cut off the finished piece.  After making the 1/2 loop, hold the wire by that 1/2 loop and straighten the wire.  Place your 1/2 loop of wire onto your jig, with the pegs as Step 11 to 2 Strand Jewelry Wire & Beads Bracelet Jewelry Making Projectshown at right. 

Step 11:  Wrap the wire around peg 2 as shown at left.  It may be easier to accomplish this by removing peg 3 from your jig until the wire is in the position shown with no pressure applied to the wire.Step 12 to 2 Strand Jewelry Wire & Beads Bracelet Jewelry Making Project

 

Step 13 to 2 Strand Wire & Beads Bracelet Jewelry Making Project long view

Step 12:  Now we need to remove the wire component from the jig and reorient it, then place it back on your jig in the position shown at right.  We do this step so that the wire that is wrapping around the two loops will be on the same side of the wire component. Step 14 to 2 Strand Jewelry Wire & Beads Bracelet Jewelry Making Project

Step 13:  We finish using the jig to make this wire component by wrapping the wire around peg 2 as shown at left.  Push the wire until the wire rests in the position shown with no pressure applied.  It may be easier to accomplish this if you remove peg 1. 

Step 15 to 2 Strand Jewelry Wire & Beads Bracelet Jewelry Making ProjectStep 14:  Remove the wire from your jig.  Your wire component should appear as shown at right.  
 

Step 16 to 2 Strand Jewelry Wire & Beads Bracelet Jewelry Making ProjectStep 15:  At this point you need to add the clasp to the wire component.  You can use your bent chain nose pliers to open up the loops made on peg 3 and 4 to make it easier to get the clasp into the position shown at left. Step 17 to 2 Strand Jewelry Wire & Beads Bracelet Jewelry Making Project

Step 16:  One at a time, grasp the end loops on this wire component with your bent chain nose pliers and hold the loop firmly.  Then using your thumb, push the wire up and over the wire component, essentially wrapping it 1/2 way around.  When you have completed this step, the wire component should appear as shown at right. Step 18 to 2 Strand Jewelry Wire & Beads Bracelet Jewelry Making Project

Step 17:  Cut the excess wire about 1/8" from the start of the bend.  Once you have cut the excess wire, use one pair of bent chain nose pliers to grasp the loop on either end and a second pair of chain nose pliers to squeeze the cut end of the wire flat.  When you have completed both sides of the wire component, it should appear as shown at left.  This completes the hook-end component and you are now ready to add the 2 strands to the bracelet.

2 Strand Wire & Beads Bracelet Jewelry Making Project long view

Step 18:  With our completed hook-end wire component, we need to add two strands of .019 Soft Flex to either loop in the hook-end component.  First we cut two segments of Soft Flex, each about 9" long.  Then we thread a 2x2mm crimp bead onto one end of the Soft Flex, about 1" from the end.  After that you need to thread the 1" portion of Soft Flex through one of the loops in the hook-end component and finally, back through the 2x2mm crimp bead.  Position the crimp bead so that it is close to the hook-end wire component and using your bead crimping pliers (regular size) crimp the crimp bead closed.  You can find instructions for using the bead crimping pliers here.  Perform these same steps for the other loop in the hook-end connector so that you have two strands of Soft Flex ready to receive beads. Step 20 to 2 Strand Jewelry Wire & Beads Bracelet Jewelry Making Project

Step 19:  The pattern of beads for this bracelet is as follows.  First two 6mm crystal pearl beads, then a 6mm crystal bead followed by two crystal pearl beads.  After adding this combination of beads to both strands then you add one of your spacer bars to both strands.  Repeat this pattern five times.  To finish the bracelet you will need to add your catch-end wire component.  Use a plastic hemostat or bead stopper to both strands of wire so that your beads don't slide off your Soft Flex while you are making the catch-end component. Step 21 to 2 Strand Jewelry Wire & Beads Bracelet Jewelry Making Project

Step 20:  Making the catch-end wire component is almost identical to making the hook-end component.  The peg pattern for making the catch-end component is shown at right.  Begin by cutting a 2 3/4" segment of 20 gauge wire.  Make a 1/2 loop in one end of the wire.  Grasp that loop and hold it while straightening the wire by pulling it through the jaws of your nylon jaw pliers repeatedly.  Place the 1/2 loop on peg 1 as shown at right and position pegs 2, 3 and 4, with peg 3 being a 3/16" Super Peg for your jig.  All the steps for making the catch-end connector are the same as the steps for the hook-end connector. 

Finished 2 Strand Jewelry Wire & Beads Bracelet Jewelry Making Project

Here are some final thoughts.

First, please remember that Soft Flex is stainless steel wire and is not suitable for cutting with an economy jewelry wire flush cutter.  Our Flush Cutter Soft Flex or any of our more expensive cutters will probably work fine for cutting Soft Flex.  We do suggest that if you aren't certain whether your current cutter will successfully cut Soft Flex that you make a trial cut, with the Soft Flex as close to the hinge on your cutter as possible.  If this trial cut does cause a problem, it will hopefully be in a location that you would not normally use otherwise. 

Second, when we made this bracelet, we wanted the end of the Soft Flex to be inside the first bead on either side.  Unfortunately, the Swarovski Crystal Pearl Beads that we used could not accommodate this right out of the package.  For this reason, we used a bead reamer to ream out four of the Crystal Pearl beads so that they could easily accommodate two thicknesses of Soft Flex.  This isn't necessary, but it does make the bracelet slightly stronger.  It took us about 4-5 minutes per bead to ream it out sufficiently. 

We hope you like our 2 Strand Jewelry Wire & Beads Bracelet.  We had to make several before we discovered a design that we really liked.  Hopefully, you will find alternative designs that you like as much or more using the same wire components and different combinations of beads.

 


 

 

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