9 Bead Twist Bracelet


by Deborah Kelly





Now available made-to-order from DCDK.Jewelry




Materials Needed

  • 5 pieces 20 gauge round wire 10 inches long

  • 1 piece 26 gauge round wire 7 feet long

  • 1 piece 26 gauge round wire 4 feet long

  • 9 crystal cut 6 mm beads


Tools Used:

  • Wire cutters

  • Chain or Flat nose pliers

  • Optional- Bracelet mandrel





Instructions




Step 1

Take the longer piece of 26 gauge wire and wrap it around one piece of the 20 gauge wire 3 times about an inch from the end of the wire.

Wrap the wire towards the long end of the 20 gauge wire.

The 20 gauge wire will now be referred to as the base wires.









Step 2

Put another base wire (20 gauge) next to the first one.

Wrap the 26 gauge wire (weaving wire) once around both base wires.











Step 3

Put the 3rd base wire next to the last one added and wrapweaving wire around the new base wire and the last wire added.












Step 4

Put the 4th base wire next to the 3rd base wire added.

Wrap the weaving wire once around both the 3rd and 4th base wires.

On the front of the bracelet the weaving wire should look like it goes over the first base wire 3 times, then the 1st and 2nd base wires, then over the 2nd and 3rd base wires, and lastly over the 3rd and 4thbase wires.








Step 5

Place the 5th base wire next to the 4th base wire.

Take the weaving wire around the 4th and 5th base wire once.

On the front of the bracelet the weaving wire looks like it goes once over the 4th and 5th base wires.










Step 6

Next take the weaving wire around the 4th and the 3rd base wires.

On the front of the bracelet this weave always looks like the weaving wire is going over two wires at a time.










Step 7

Next wrap the 3rd and 2nd base wires with the weaving wire once.












Step 8

Next wrap the weaving wire around the 2nd and 1st base wires.












Step 9

Next wrap the weaving wire around the 1st base wire 3 times.













Step 10

Repeat this weave 5 times.

For a larger bracelet repeat 6 times.

For a smaller bracelet only repeat this pattern 4 times.










Step 11

Next wrap around the 1st two base wires twice.

Then wrap the weaving wire around the 1st base wire 3 times.

Repeat this weave of wrapping the weaving wire around the first two base wires and then the 1st base wire 3 times.

Repeat till this weave is about 1 inch long (on my weave it was 7 repeats) ending with the 2 wraps around the first 2 base wires.







Step 12

Take the shorter piece of 26 gauge wire and coil it around the 5th base wire for about an inch. The coil on the wire should be just longer then the weave on the other side of the wire.












Step 13

Bend the woven wires out to the side as close to a 90 degree as can be without kinking the wire.

Bend the coil wire and the bare wire next to it out to mirror the woven wire on the other side.










Step 14

Slip a bead onto the middle wire of the bracelet.

Bend the woven wires around the bead to the opposite side of the bracelet.

Try to make the curve smooth and tight to the bead.

The weave should pass over the wire the bead is on.








Step 15

Bend the bare wire around the bead, pass this wire under the base wire holding the bead on.

Next bend the coiled wire to follow the bare wire around the bead to the other side of the bead.










Step 16

Put another bead on the center wire.

Shape the woven wires around the bead and bring the ends of the wire parallel to the center wire.

Next bend the coiled wire around the bead and bring parallel to the center wire.

Next bend the bare wire to follow along the out side of the coiled wire.

Cut the wire used for coiling off close to the last coil and smooth with pliers.

Cut the beginning tail of the coiling wire off and smooth with pliers.





Step 17

Take the weaving wire to the outside wire and wrap around 3 times.

Start the weave done in steps 2-9.

These weaves will be opposite from the weaves on the other side of the beads.

The wire which is wrapped around the base 3 times is now on the side where the point of the weave was on the other side of the beads.







Step 18

Repeat the weave till there are 4 repeats of the weave.

Begin the three two weave by wrapping the weaving wire over the two base wires on the side where the three wraps are twice, then the out side base wire 3 times.










Step 19

Repeat the three two weave till it is about 3 ¼ inches long.













Step 20

Take the shorter 26 gauge wire and start coiling around the outside wire on the opposite side of the bracelet of the woven wires.

Coil around the wire for just longer then the weave, so a couple coils longer then about 3 ¼ inches.










Step 21

Bend the two woven wires out from the middle wire at as close as 90 degrees as possible without kinking the wire.

Bend the coiled wire out from the center wire at about a 90 degree angle, followed by the bare wire.

Slip a bead on the middle wire.









Step 22

Bend the woven wires around the bead as close as possible to the other side of the bracelet, take this wire over the wire the bead is on.

Bend the bare wire around the bead going under the wire the bead is on.

Follow the bare wire around the bead with the coiled wire, also going under the center wire.








Step 23

Slip another bead on the center wire and position it right next to where the wires cross right above the first bead.

Take the woven wires and bend it around the second bead, this time going under the center wire.

Keep this bend as close to the weave as possible.









Step 24

Wrap the coiled wire around the bead as close as possible, keep this wire on top of the center wire.

Follow the coiled wire with the bare wire.

Slip another bead onto the center wire.










Step 25

Repeat crossing the woven wires and the coiled and bare wire around the next 2 beads.

Alternate taking the weave and the other wires over and under the center wire the beads go on.

Once the 5th bead is added bring the wires up around the bead and place them parallel to the center wire like in step 16.

Cut off the coiling wire close to the last coil and smooth with pliers.

Cut of the tail of the coiling wire left from starting the coil and smooth with pliers.





Step 26

Repeat the weave from step 2-9.

Make 4 repeats of this pattern.

Start the three two weave on the base wires with the 3 wraps around it and the next base wire.










Step 27

Repeat the three two weave till it is about 1 inch long ending on a two wrap.

Take what is left of the shorter 26 gauge wire and coil the outside base wire on the opposite side of the bracelet then the two woven wires.

Coil about an inch.

Cut off the coiling wire and smooth with pliers.

Cut off the tail end of the start of the coiling wire and smooth with pliers.





Step 28

Bend the woven wires out from the bracelet.

Bend the bare wire then the coiled wire out from the center wire.

Slip a bead on the center wire.

Bend the woven wire around the bead, this wire goes over the center wire.

Bend the bare wire and the coiled wire around the bead, these wires go under the center wire.






Step 29

Take the weaving wire and wrap it 3 times around the closes outside base wire.












Step 30

Repeat the wrap from steps 2-9 as many times as done in step 10.

4 times for a small bracelet.

5 times for a medium bracelet.

6 times for a large bracelet.

Once done with as many repeats as needed end the wire around the base wire 3 times.

Cut off the weaving wire and smooth the end of the wire with pliers.

Cut any hanging 26 gauge wires and smooth with pliers.





Step 31

Cut ends of the base wires about ¼ inch away from where the weaves are.












Step 32

Use pliers to put a slight bend on the ends of the base wires, bend about the last 1/8 of an inch.












Step 33

Bend the wires right at the weave around to the back side of the bracelet to end the bracelet.

Use the pliers to squeeze the ends down.

Feel the ends to make sure there is no sharp edges.










Step 34

After ending both ends of the bracelet, bend the bracelet into a bracelet shape either by hand and shaping around wrist or around a bracelet mandrel.

The bracelet is now finished.










Deborah Kelly

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I grew up on top of a mountain in the middle of nowhere Oregon. Met and married my Husband before going to OSU and getting a BS in Apparel Design in 2002. I started out making beaded jewelry in my early teen years. Both free hand and on a loom. Year after graduating I moved to MO and started making cosmetics and continued experimenting in soap making which I started in college. During my years in MO I started getting into baking and did events as a self employed concession stand vendor. I really did love my cotton candy machine. At events I did more then just cotton candy. I had a 2 head espresso machine, hot dog steamer, made hard candy to sell, and did 21 flavors of snow cones. While doing all of that I also learned to fix my own vehicles because when I did take them to a mechanic I had to fix them when I got them back. After our 3rd child was born in 2010 we lost our house and hit the road in an RV. One winter we ended up in Quartzsite AZ where I started making wire jewelry. Since then I have started designing wire jewelry, became an instructor at the gem club in Quartzsite. Started teaching independent jewelry making classes. Writing and selling tutorials for jewelry making. In the summer I am a property locator, photographer and videographer. I also spend my summer working on my own project to give back to the universe by making and giving away my jewelry because everyone needs something pretty.
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