By Deborah Kelly
Now available made-to-order from DCDK.Jewelry
7 pieces of 22 gauge wire 13 inches long
7 6mm beads
8 6mm or 8mm beads
2 ear wires
1 ½ inches 16 gauge wire for clasp
round nose pliers
flat or chain nose pliers
bail making pliers for clasp
Take one of the pieces of wire and make a loop on it about two inches away from one end.
Wrap the short end around the long wire eight times.
Cut off short end and use pliers to smooth wire around long wire.
Slide one 6mm bead on to the wire all the way up the wire to where it is coiled around.
Use pliers to measure how long the eight coils on the starting side is.
Bend the wire at the same distance away from the bead, as the wire coils take up on the other side.
With the round nose pliers make a loop in the wire at the bend, while making the loop wrap wire up and away from the bead so as to not shorten the measured amount of wire.
Wrap tail end around measured out space, it should wrap eight times.
Position the bead so the tail wire is on what will become the top of the herringbone when done.
Wrap the wire around the side of the bead and over the top of the coiled wire on the other side.
Wrap around the coil once so wire is coming up over the top.
Go from the top of the coiled wire around the other side of the bead to the top of the opposite coil.
Go around the coil coming out over the top and wrap the wire around the bead right under the wire from the first time around.
Continue doing this till you have four wires on each side of the bead.
Take the wrapping wire to the back side of the herringbone bead and cut off, use pliers to crimp end down so it is in scratchy.
Put extra wire that is cut off to the side to connected the beads latter on.
Make six more herringbone beads.
Take a piece of left over wire and make a loop about ½ an inch from the end.
Put one herringbone bead onto the loop
Wrap the small tail around the bottom of the loop twice.
Cut and smooth with pliers.
It may be easier to wrap the wire around the base of the loop while holding the loop with pliers.
Slip one of the other beads onto the wire.
Make loop above the bead that was just added.
Put round nose pliers next to bead and bend wire to the side.
Move pliers to sit right in the bend that was just made.
Pliers will be at a forty five degree angle from where they where.
Bend the end of the wire up around the round nose pliers forming the loop.
Put another herringbone bead onto the loop that was just made.
Grab the loop with chain nose pliers and twist the end wire around the base of the loop.
Repeat till five herringbone beads are chained together with beads between them.
On the ends when you put the final bead on end the loop by twisting the end wire around right under the loop.
To make a figure eight clasp take the 16 gauge wire and wrap it around the third step on a 6 step bail making pliers or the largest part of round nose pliers.
Put the pliers right next to where the first loop made, wrap the wire around the same step on the bail making pliers to form a figure eight.
Cut wire off where they end of the wire crosses over the eight figure.
Put clasp on by opening one side of the figure eight and passing one end loop into the clasp.
Close the end of the clasp.
Make a loop on one of the left over pieces of wire and put a herringbone bead onto it like when connecting the loops of the bracelet.
Put on bead instead of making a loop bend wire up around the bead.
Wrap wire around the base of the loop attaching the bead to the herringbone bead.
Cut off the extra wire and tuck the end of the wire next to the wire wrapping around the bead.
Repeat with the last herringbone bead.
Put an ear wire onto the top of the herringbone bead.