Sunday, July 14, 2013
Metal Vine Thin-Cuff
Metal Vine Thin-Cuff
*2 strands of metal brackets (only have 2 on a strand)
*tube of translucent white beads (or which ever color you prefer)
*Square metal gem spacers (4)
*Magic stretch wire
*needle nose pliers
*Tip 1- Plan It Out* As with all jewelry designs I laid out the design on my bead board before I started doing anything. Had to try out different style gem stones to see which one matched best, as I did not buy any of the beads at the same time. This also includes making sure the clasp and clamp beads match the color pallet.
*Tip 2- Measure* Always measure for each project to make sure the lengths that fit best are correct. This is important when making items for other people. Once you have done them enough times you will know the required lengths and can skip this step.
- Measure out the length of stretch wire you will need to fit around your wrist comfortably and then give yourself about 2 inches to tie together. Use wire cutters to cut correct length. Do this again.
- Take one length and stretch it in sections and then stretch the whole length. This will help the wire to be longer and not to break when you actually stretch it to wear. If you skip this step the cuff will be loose when it does finally stretch out.
-Thread on the brackets, beads, and spacers, in the order of the design you picked ahead of time (see *Tip 1* )
-Continue this until you have the length you determined earlier. (see *Tip 2* )
*Tip 4 - Consider Material and Purpose* You must always be aware of the type of give and strength your supplies have or you could end up with breaks, scrapping, and no flexibility. The heavier the wire the less bend and flexibility it has. String the beads too tightly together and some will rub together and break. String them too tightly and the beads will bunch and not bend well around your wrist. Some times you need to allow for "give room" with bracelets in order to get the bracelet to wrap.
-Once you have finished your design for the length, make a knot as close as possible to the last bead. Also make sure that the whole wire is tight together, or gaps will show. (see *Suggestion 1* and *Tip 4* )
-Take some E6000 glue and put the glue around the knots to help them stay together.
-Take a wire cutters and clip off the extra wire as close as possible.
-That will finish off the bracelet.