Gumball Bracelet

by Deborah Kelly

Materials Needed

  • 8 – pieces of 18 gauge round wire 3 inches long

  • 5 – pieces of 18 gauge round wire 5 inches long

  • 1 – piece of 24 gauge round wire 3 ½ feet long

  • 1 – piece of 14 gauge round wire 5 inches long

  • 4 – 10mm beads of one color

  • 5 – 10mm beads of matching or contrasting colors

Tools need

  • Round nose pliers

  • Flat nose or chain nose pliers

  • Wire cutters

  • Files

  • 6 step bail making pliers


Step 1

Take the 24 gauge wire and wrap it around one of the 18 gauge wire about 1 ½ to 2 inches from the end (wrap going away from the measured end)

Step 2

Put a 2nd 18 gauge wire next to the wire with the wrap on it.

Wrap around both wires twice.

Step 3

Repeat this weave 7 times.

End wrapping wire by wrapping around first base wire 3 times.

Cut off weaving wire close to weave and smooth with pliers.

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

Step 4

Bend the base wire the weave began on where the weave started at a 90 degree angle away from the weave.

Slip on of the 4 beads that are the same color onto the wire which was just bent.

Step 5

Bend the weave around the bead.

Step 6

Bend the weave around the wire sticking thru the bead.

Cut off the two wires bend around the one going thru the bead about 1/8 an inch from where they cross the wire thru the bead.

Crimp the wires around the wire going thru the bead.

Step 7

Make a loop in the wire sticking thru the bead, close to the bead.

Step 8

Put a bend in the last wire right under where the hole in the bead is.

Cut off wire ¾ to 1 inch from the bottom of the bead.

Use round nose pliers to put a loop in this last wire.

Step 9

Make 3 more of these wrapped beads.

I like making 2 of the weaves around one side of the beads and 2 around the other side of the beads.

Step 10

Take one piece of the 5 inch long 18 gauge wire and make a loop in it about 1 inch from the end.

Use the short end of the wire and wrap it twice around right under the loop.

Cut off any excess wire and smooth down with pliers.

Step 11

Slip on one of the remaining beads (that contrast or match the beads already wrapped)

Make a loop on the wire sticking thru the bead with enough room between the bead and the loop to wrap the wire around twice.

Wrap Wire twice right under the loop around the wire come thru the bead.

Step 12

Take the end of the wire and spiral around the bead to the other side of the bead (from the last loop made to the first loop make)

Wrap the end of the wire loosely around the first loop made.

Cut the extra wire off right where it meets the wire going around the bead.

Step 13

Tuck the cut end of the wire next to the wire spiraling around the bead.

Step 14

Repeat with the other 4 beads.

Step 15

On the woven bead open one of the loops by twisting it out to the side.

Step 16

Put one of the spiraled beads on the opened loop.

Close the loop to connect the beads together

Step 17

Connect all the beads together alternating woven and spiraled beads.

I like alternating the direction on the side of the weaves are put on while connecting them together.

End both sides of the bracelet with a spiral beads.

Step 18

Take the 14 gauge wire and make a loop with the round nose pliers on the end of the wire.

With one jaw of the round nose pliers in the loop made, wrap the wire around in a spiral and around the other jaw of the pliers, making a space in the spiral.

Spiral the wire around to the side away from where the pliers jaw made a space, ending the spiral with the wire on the side away from the space.

Step 19

Use the bail making pliers on the 2nd largest step and bring the wire around the bail making pliers.

Bring the end of the wire down by the spiral creating a hook in the wire.

Step 20

Cut off the wire about even with the bottom of the spiral.

Use a file to smooth the cut end of the hook.

Step 21

Attach the hook to one end of the bracelet by going thru the loop with the hook end.

Bend the spiral of the hook open by twisting sideways and slip the loop on the end of the bracelet end into the space made by the round nose pliers.

The bracelet is now ready to be worn.

Add more links to make anklets or necklaces.

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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