Your Daily Bracelet Bead Kit contains:
- Bracelet beads
- Dangle beads
- Seed beads (you will have extra)
Your Daily Bracelet Metal Kit contains:
- 1.5-inch 24 gauge headpins (Quantity=40)
- 2.75-inch 22 gauge half-hard round wire pieces (Quantity=10)
- 3mm Bali-style heishi spacers (Quantity=60)
- 13mm lobster clasp (Quantity=1)
- 7mm soldered jump ring (Quantity=1)
- 3mm round cable chain (Quantity=1.5 inches)
You will need the following tools to complete your bracelet:
- Round-nose pliers
- Chain-nose pliers
- Wire cutters
STEPS 1-6: CREATE THE DANGLES
Step 1 - Assemble four dangles for each bracelet bead. Daily Bracelets No. 1, 6-10, 12, 14, 16, 18-20, 24, 27, 28, and 34-38 all have 10 bracelet beads/40 dangles. Daily Bracelets No. 3, 4, 11, 25, 30-33, 39, and 42-44 all have 9 bracelet beads/36 dangles. Daily Bracelets No. 2 and 13 have 8 bracelet beads/32 dangles. Daily Bracelets No. 17, 21-23, 40, and 41 all have 7 bracelet beads/28 dangles. On each of the required number (40, 36, 32 or 28) of headpins, add (in order) one seed bead, one dangle bead, and one metal heishi spacer bead. Note: Refer to the photograph of your Daily Bracelet on Anita's Daily Bracelet Blog as you work. Click the photograph for an enlarged view.
Step 2 - Bend one assembled headpin to a 90-degree angle using chain-nose pliers. Pinch the headpin wire just above the metal heishi spacer bead with the TIP of the chain-nose pliers and bend the remaining top section of the wire 90 degrees. The portion of the wire held in the tip of the pliers is the SPACE which will allow you to make three wire WRAPs (3 complete turns) to close the LOOP which will be make in Step 3. The straight piece remaining after the bend is the TAIL.
Step 3 - Turn a LOOP using the round-nose pliers. Position the wire near the tip of the round-nose pliers so a small LOOP will be made. (Make note of this position and use it for all of your dangles so the LOOPs will be of uniform size.) Pinch the wire TAIL just after the bend. With the round-nose pliers in a vertical position (viewed straight on the tips of the pliers will look like this: 8) bend the TAIL up and over the top and then down until it forms a partial Loop. When the TAIL touches the other wire and you cannot wrap it any further, slide the wire off of the top of the pliers and move it to the bottom. Now you can continue wrapping the TAIL around until it forms a complete LOOP.
Step 4 - Using your chain-nose pliers, grasp the LOOP across two wires for a secure hold. With your other hand bend the remaining TAIL around the space which remains between the LOOP and the metal heishi. It should take approximately 3 WRAPS to fill the space.
Step 5 - Using your wire-cutters, clip off the excess wire TAIL that remains, cutting as close to the WRAPs as possible. If a small snag is left, you can push it close to the WRAP with the tips of your chain-nose pliers.
Step 6 - Repeat Steps 2 through 5 to complete the remaining dangles.
STEPS 7-10: FORM FIRST LOOP ON BRACELET WIRES
Step 7 - Using your chain-nose pliers, grasp one piece wire at a point one-third from the end and bend the wire in a 90-degree angle to form the shape of the letter L. Note: One of the wires in your kit has already been bent and looped as a sample.
Step 8 - Using your round-nose pliers, grasp the wire by the short section just at the bend. You will need to make a LOOP which is approximately 2mm in diameter (like your sample) so you will be grasping further back on you round-nose pliers in comparison to where you formed the LOOPs on your dangles. (A larger LOOP is required to give your dangles room to move around once the bracelet is assembled.) With the round-nose pliers again in the vertical position (8) bend the TAIL up and over the top and down until it forms a partial LOOP. When the TAIL touches the other wire, slide the wire off of the top of the pliers and move it to the bottom. Now you can continue wrapping the TAIL around until it forms a complete LOOP.
Step 9 - Repeat steps 7 and 8 until you have one wire for each of your bracelet beads. The number will vary depending on which bracelet you are making. See: Step 1.
STEPS 10-18: CREATE THE BRACELET
Step 10 - With your chain-nose pliers, open the LOOP of one piece of wire enough to slide on one dangle, then the ring of your lobster clasp, and then another dangle. Close the LOOP with your chain-nose pliers.
Step 11 - Using your chain-nose pliers, grasp the LOOP across two wires for a secure hold. With your other hand, grasp the TAIL and wrap it around one complete turn. Trim off the remainder of the TAIL close to the wrap with your wire-cutters. You should have what resembles an eye pin with a closed LOOP holding your clasp with a dangle on each side of the clasp.
Step 12 - Add a heishi spacer, followed by a bracelet bead, and then another heishi spacer to the wire. Then bend the wire 90 degrees with your chain-nose pliers directly after the second heishi bead. There should be no space between the heishi and the bend in the wire because you will only be wrapping the TAIL once after forming another LOOP.
Step 13 - Using your round-nose pliers, grasp the wire just at the bend. You will make a second LOOP which is approximately 2mm in diameter (matching the size of your first LOOP). With the round-nose pliers in a vertical position (8) bend the TAIL up and over the top and down, forming a partial LOOP. When the TAIL touches the other wire, slide the wire off of the top of the round-nose pliers and move it to the bottom. Now you can continue wrapping the TAIL until it forms a complete LOOP.
Step 14 - With your chain-nose pliers, open the LOOP you just made enough to slide on one dangle, the the first link of your length of chain, and then another dangle. Close the LOOP with your chain-nose pliers.
Step 15 - Using your chain-nose pliers, grasp the LOOP across two wires for a secure hold. With your other hand, bend the remaining TAIL around to form one complete WRAP. Trim off the remainder of the TAIL close to the WRAP with your wire cutters. Then cut the second link of chain (leaving a single link attached to your bracelet) by cutting first one side of the second link and then the other side. You now have the first bracelet UNIT with four dangles and a link of chain to which you will attach another piece of wire.
Step 16 - With your chain-nose pliers, open the LOOP of another piece of wire. Add one dangle to the LOOP, then slide the LOOP onto the piece of chain attached to the previous bracelet UNIT. Add a second dangle and then close the LOOP with your chain-nose pliers.
Step 17 - Using your chain-nose pliers, grasp the LOOP across two wires for a secure hold. With your other hand, bend the remaining TAIL around to form one complete WRAP. Trim off the remainder of the TAIL close to the WRAP with your cutters. You should again have what resembles an eye pin with a closed loop and two dangles attached to the link of chain at the end of your previous bracelet UNIT.
Step 18 - Repeat steps 12 through 17 until you come to the second LOOP of your last bead. Instead of adding chain to the last LOOP, add a dangle, then the soldered jump ring, and then the last dangle before closing the LOOP.
TO KEEP IN MIND:
The most common mistake is to forget to add dangles before closing the loop.
It is easier to keep the piece of chain intact until you add it to your work and then cut the second link of chain to leave a single link attached. Using two cuts to sever the second link avoids stress on cutters and your hand.
I can make a bracelet in about 1.5 yours (one hour to create dangles and then 1/2 hour to assemble). If you have not had much experience working with wire, figure on 3-4 hours to complete.
This is an advanced project. Take frequent breaks if you feel the need.
Visit the shop during business hours with your wire and bead kit materials and I will gladly assist you if you get stuck.
I also offer instruction to individuals by appointment. My fee is $25. per person for a 1.5 hour session. With my assistance you will complete your bracelet in one session. Telephone the shop at 603-522-6529 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
Bead Kits and Metal Kits (in sterling silver or gold-filled) are available at Anita's Beads. Finished bracelets may also be purchased at the shop or on Etsy. See all the designs on Anita's Daily Bracelet Blog.