Barbara Briggs's Climbing Roses Bangle, . , . What could be more fun than making an elegant, undulating bangle of steel wire and<br />
creating a fantasia of beautiful flowers to adorn it! These colorful climbing roses will<br />
look lovely on your wrist as they wind along their steel trellis.
Climbing Roses Bangle
by Barbara Briggs
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Technique(s): Making Loops, Making Spirals
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
What could be more fun than making an elegant, undulating bangle of steel wire and
creating a fantasia of beautiful flowers to adorn it! These colorful climbing roses will
look lovely on your wrist as they wind along their steel trellis.

Materials

16g annealed steel wire
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Premo Sculpey Polymer Clay
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Liquid Sculpey Transfer Medium
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Pearlescent powders
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Tools

C.H.P Milano Small Sprue Cutter, 6-1/4 Inches, Flush Cut
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Acculoop Precision Round Nose
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5 1/4 Inch Brass Lined Flat Nose Plier - Pack of 1
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wire jig
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Steel Bracelet Mandrels - Round
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9 Inch Brass Hammer with Wooden Handle
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Large Horn Anvil
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Cross Lock Curved Tweezers
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Instructions
Step 1
Pro Tip: It is highly recommended that you read through the tutorial before beginning this project.
Arrange pegs on your jig placing a ½" diameter peg at top center. Arrange 1/16" pegs in a staggered pattern down the center lengthwise separating them about ½" from each other in length and width as shown in the photo. Using heavy-duty wire cutter, cut a 35" length of steel wire from the spool. Bend the wire in half around the top peg so the center of the wire forms a U-shape. Cross the wires under the peg once.
Barbara Briggs's Climbing Roses Bangle - , , , , jig
Step 2
Remove the wire from the peg, hold the loop with your flat-nose pliers and twist the loop the wire once to secure.
Barbara Briggs's Climbing Roses Bangle - , , , , remove from the jig
Step 3
Place the twisted portion of the loop above the top ½" round peg and twist the wire four times more to make the loop smaller in size. Wrap one wire counter-clockwise around the closest 1/16" peg. Making certain that the top loop remains centered; wrap the other wire clockwise around the adjacent peg and it. Wrap the wire at the right side clockwise around the third peg. Wrap the wire at the left side counter-clock wise around the fourth peg. Wrap the wire at the right side counter-clockwise around the
fifth peg. Do likewise with the left wire around the sixth peg. Wrap the wire at the right side clockwise around the seventh peg. Do likewise with the wire at the left side around the eighth peg. Finish by wrapping the wire at the right side clockwise around the ninth peg.
Barbara Briggs's Climbing Roses Bangle - , , , , jig
Step 4
Grasp both wires directly below the last peg at the bottom of the jig and twist the wires several times to secure.
Barbara Briggs's Climbing Roses Bangle - , , , , twist the wires
Step 5
Wrap your work around a steel bracelet mandrel or a round puck. Check the size by trying the bangle on your wrist. Continue adjusting the size of your work if it is too small or too large. Note: you will be adding about one inch more length to the bangle when you make the clasp in Steps 6 through 11 so take this into account when measuring.
Barbara Briggs's Climbing Roses Bangle - , , , , size the bangle
Step 6
Coil one loose wire end on top of the twisted end by grasping the end in your flat-nose pliers and wrapping five to six times leaving about 1 ½" of remaining wire.
Barbara Briggs's Climbing Roses Bangle - , , , , wrap 5 or 6 times
Step 7
Grasp the end of the wire in your round-nose pliers and create a small loop.
Barbara Briggs's Climbing Roses Bangle - , , , , make a small loop
Step 8
Make a loose open coil with the wire so it lies closer to the bangle, projecting about ½" out from the coil.
Barbara Briggs's Climbing Roses Bangle - , , , , make a loose coil
Step 9
Loosely coil the other wire closely to the coil by wrapping several times around your round-nose pliers.
Barbara Briggs's Climbing Roses Bangle - , , , , loosely coil the other wire
Step 10
Using round-nose forming pliers or a ¼" width peg, wrap the wire immediately following the coil and form a small U-shaped hook. Leave a 1 cm (about ½") tail and clip off the excess wire. File smooth any sharp edges at the end of the wire.
Barbara Briggs's Climbing Roses Bangle - , , , , make a hook
Step 11
Using your round-nose pliers, make a tiny loop at the very end of the wire so it rolls back on itself and nests against the hook. Hammer the loop so it flattens slightly.
Barbara Briggs's Climbing Roses Bangle - , , , , make a tiny loop
Step 12
Work-harden and texture the bangle by placing it on an anvil or steel bracelet mandrel and striking it with a hammer. Use the flat end of the hammer to flatten the wire somewhat and further form the round shape of the bangle. Use the narrow end of the hammer to add small textural dents in the wire surface.
Barbara Briggs's Climbing Roses Bangle - , , , , hammer the bangle
Step 13:
Creating the Roses
Condition your polymer clay using a roller or pasta machine. If mixing colors, roll until they are well blended. Assemble cutting tools, premade molds, canapé cutters, and texture sheets on your work
surface.
Barbara Briggs's Climbing Roses Bangle - Creating the Roses, , , , condition your clay
Step 14
Roll a small amount of polymer clay into a pea-sized ball and push up through a loop so a tiny knob forms inside the top of the loop and a larger amount lies beneath the loop. Flatten the bottom portion and trim off any excess that extends more than 1mm - 2mm beyond the wire. Using a needle tool or fine ball-tipped tool, make six impressions in the top portion of the polymer clay.
Barbara Briggs's Climbing Roses Bangle - , , , , push a small ball of clay up through a wire loop
Step 15
Roll chartreuse or green polymer clay to a thickness of about 2mm (between 1/32" and 1/16"). Slice off a 2mm strip from the clay and roll into a snake that is approximately 2mm in thickness. Cut the snake into approximately 5mm lengths. Roll a 5mm long section so it tapers at one end and is blunt at the opposite end. Make a small divot in the top of the thick end of the clay. Dip the pointed tip into Liquid Sculpey Transfer Medium and insert into one of the holes. Repeat until all six holes are
filled.
Barbara Briggs's Climbing Roses Bangle - , , , , add clay to the center of the polymer flower
Step 16
Create tiny petals with teardrop or round shaped cutter. Hold the punched out clay between your thumb and index finger of your non-dominant hand and squeeze until the clay flattens a bit. Using the thumb and index finger of your dominant hand, squeeze a tail at one end so the petal has a tapered shape if your clay shape is round. Use a needle tool to impress a line down the center of the petal. Apply the petal at a 45-degree angle to the flower base with the widest portion of the petal at the
top. Create more petals and encircle the base.
Barbara Briggs's Climbing Roses Bangle - , , , , add petals to the polymer clay flower
Step 17
Repeat Step 16 using a contrasting color of polymer clay to build another layer around the previous petals.
Barbara Briggs's Climbing Roses Bangle - , , , , add another layer of petals
Step 18
Cover the bottom of the metal loop and lower flower base with leaf-shaped cutouts. If you don't have a cutter in the shape I used in this photo, cut out three separate teardrop shapes joining the widest portions of the leaves at the lower base.
Barbara Briggs's Climbing Roses Bangle - , , , , add polymer clay leaves
Step 19
Make tiny cone shapes as you did in Step 15. Nestle these on the flower body between the large leaf shapes.
Barbara Briggs's Climbing Roses Bangle - , , , , add tiny cones of clay
Step 20
Cut out a small star (about 10mm in size) and texture with
small divots using a fine ball-tipped tool. Apply a bit of Liquid Sculpey
Transfer Medium to the underneath side of the star. Affix the star to the center of the leaves at the lower flower base. Secure it by pressing more divots along the outside edges of the star. Your flower is now completed...if you aren't pleased with the finished flower, ball up your clay and start over...it took several attempts before I was satisfied with mine!
Barbara Briggs's Climbing Roses Bangle - , , , , attach of clay star at the bottom of the flower
Step 21
Using a soft bristle artist's paintbrush, lightly dust a bit of pearlescent powder on the entire flower. Note: go lightly...using too much pearlescent powder will obscure the colors!
Barbara Briggs's Climbing Roses Bangle - , , , , dust the flowers with pearlescent powder
Step 22:
Bake the flowers
Bake the Flower: before proceeding with the next flower, grasp your bangle in locking tweezers and bake according to the clay manufacturer's directions.
Note: you can bake Polymer clay multiple times as long as you bake at the correct temperature for the clay type you are using! Premo! clay bakes at 275 degrees for 20 - 30 minutes per ¼" thickness of clay...if using a different brand of clay, temperature and time required to bake the clay may differ! Double check your oven's temperature with a stove thermometer to make sure you have the correct temperature for the brand of clay you are using!
After you have baked a flower, follow Steps 14 through 21 to create four more flowers staggering them from one side of the bangle to the other and make a fifth flower on the free end of the coiled wire near the clasp (as shown in the photo). Switch out color combinations. Be as creative as you
want! Hint: Premo! clay is somewhat flexible...if you'd like it to be more ridged, I find that submerging the clay in ice water when the clay is still hot from baking helps to accomplish this! Leave a free loop here and there as part of the overall design. If you're pleased with your bangle as is, put it on,
wear it, and show it off!
Barbara Briggs's Climbing Roses Bangle - Bake the flowers, , , , bake the bangle