Herringbone Bracelet and Earrings

By Deborah Kelly

Now available made-to-order from DCDK.Jewelry

Materials Needed

  • 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

Tools Needed

  • round nose pliers

  • flat or chain nose pliers

  • wire cutters

  • bail making pliers for clasp


  • Step 1

    Take one of the pieces of wire and make a loop on it about two inches away from one end.

  • Step 2

    Wrap the short end around the long wire eight times.

    Cut off short end and use pliers to smooth wire around long wire.

  • Step 3

    Slide one 6mm bead on to the wire all the way up the wire to where it is coiled around.

  • Step 4

    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.

  • Step 5

    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.

  • Step 6

    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.

  • Step 7

    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.

  • Step 8

    Continue doing this till you have four wires on each side of the bead.

  • Step 9

    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.

  • Step 10

    Make six more herringbone beads.

  • Step 11

    Take a piece of left over wire and make a loop about ½ an inch from the end.

  • Step 12

    Put one herringbone bead onto the loop

  • Step 13

    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.

  • Step 14

    Slip one of the other beads onto the wire.

  • Step 15

    Make loop above the bead that was just added.

    Put round nose pliers next to bead and bend wire to the side.

  • Step 16

    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.

  • Step 17

    Bend the end of the wire up around the round nose pliers forming the loop.

  • Step 18

    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.

  • Step 19

    On the ends when you put the final bead on end the loop by twisting the end wire around right under the loop.

  • Step 20

    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.

  • Step 21

    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.

  • Step 22

    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.

  • Step 23

    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.

  • Step 24

    Wrap wire around the base of the loop attaching the bead to the herringbone bead.

  • Step 25

    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.

Earrings are now done.

  • Step 26

    Enjoy !!!

  • 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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