Albina Manning's Eight Chain Bracelet, Contemporary Wire Jewelry. Making Chain, Chain Making . This fun chain can be used to make bracelets, neck chains, and also to link beaded components together.
Eight Chain Bracelet
by Albina Manning
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Technique(s): Chain Making
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
This fun chain can be used to make bracelets, neck chains, and also to link beaded components together. Hammer the wide part of the links for a different look! Enjoy working off the coil or spool in this relaxing design.

Materials

18 Gauge Round Dead Soft Copper Wire
H11-18D
  • Lesson Quantity: 41.00 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 50FT
  • Price: $11.77
  • Gold Club Price: $8.83
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Tools

6 Step Barrel Plier - Pack of 1
G2-503
  • G2-503
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $18.95
  • Gold Club Price: $14.21
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Round Nose Wire Plier
G2-507
  • G2-507
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $32.95
  • Gold Club Price: $24.71
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Chain Nose Wire Plier
G2-508
  • G2-508
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $32.95
  • Gold Club Price: $24.71
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C.H.P Milano Italian Flush Cutter, 5 1/2 Inches
PLR-487.00
  • PLR-487.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $14.97
  • Gold Club Price: $11.23
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Instructions
Step 1
Working off the coil, straighten a length of 18-gauge wire. Using the second step of the 6-step barrel pliers, make a P-loop on the wire end.
Albina Manning's Eight Chain Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , Straightening 18-gauge wire.
Step 2
Place the widest part of round nose pliers 2-3mm away from the loop as shown.
Albina Manning's Eight Chain Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , Round nose pliers near loop.
Step 3
Bend the wire end around the widest jaw of round nose pliers, so the wire looks like a figure-8 and the wire end is positioned above the little loop.
Albina Manning's Eight Chain Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , Round nose pliers making figure eight with the wire.
Step 4
Place the second step of the barrel pliers into the little loop so the wire end is between the first and the second barrels as shown.
Albina Manning's Eight Chain Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , Setting the next figure eight.
Step 5
Wrap the wire around the second barrel. Cut the wire end. Your "eight" has a double loop. Make the second link in the same manner.
Albina Manning's Eight Chain Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , Finish the double loop.
Step 6
Open one of the loops (like you would open a jump ring or an earwire's loop) of the second link.
Albina Manning's Eight Chain Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , Open the loop.
Step 7
Pass an open link through the double loop of the first link, then continue sliding the link.
Albina Manning's Eight Chain Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , Sliding and adding the link.
Albina Manning's Eight Chain Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , Sliding and adding the link.
Step 8
Make the third link, then open one loop. Place the double loops towards each other as shown. Pass the open loop through both little loops of the chain. Slide the link through, and close the loop. Continue creating links and joining them to the chain in the same manner.
Albina Manning's Eight Chain Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , Adding third link.
Albina Manning's Eight Chain Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , Adding third link.
Albina Manning's Eight Chain Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , Adding third link.
Step 9
Making the Clasp. Cut and straighten 5" of 18-gauge wire. Using chain nose pliers, fold wire so one end is 1 1/8" long (28mm).
Albina Manning's Eight Chain Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , 18-gauge wire, fold with chain nose pliers.
Step 10
Grip the very tip of folded end of the wire with chain nose pliers, and bend it slightly at about a 30° angle (red arrow). Grip the two parallel wires with chain nose pliers by the short end of the wire and bend the long tail at about 90° (blue arrow).
Albina Manning's Eight Chain Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , Adding more bends to the wire.
Step 11
Using round nose pliers, make a small loop.
Albina Manning's Eight Chain Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , Using round nose pliers, make a small loop.
Step 12
Slide the last link of the chain with double loops onto the wire end and move it inside the clasp loop. You may want to open slightly the loop for easier sliding.
Albina Manning's Eight Chain Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , Adding last link of the double loops.
Albina Manning's Eight Chain Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , Adding last link of the double loops.
Step 13
Start wrapping two parallel wires with the end of the wire. Make about 2-3 tight wraps. Cut off the wire tail.
Albina Manning's Eight Chain Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , Wrapping two parallel wires.
Step 14
Grip the two parallel wires close to the wrapping with the chain nose pliers. Bend slightly, about 30° (red arrow).
Albina Manning's Eight Chain Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , Bending the parallel wires.
Step 15
Bend the parallel wires around the fourth barrel of pliers to complete the clasp.
Your bracelet is ready to wear!
Albina Manning's Eight Chain Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , Completing the clasp.
Albina Manning's Eight Chain Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , Finished piece.