Karen Meador, Ph.D.'s Loopy Loo Graduated Wire Bracelet, Contemporary Wire Jewelry. Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Spirals, Wire Spiral, Spiral Wire Wrap. This modern bracelet is easy to make and even easier to embellish with your favorite beads.
Loopy Loo Graduated Wire Bracelet
by Karen Meador, Ph.D.
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Technique(s): Making Loops, Making Spirals
  • Skill Level: Beginner
This modern bracelet is easy to make and even easier to embellish with your favorite beads. It's an eye-catcher!

Materials

14 Gauge Round Dead Soft Copper Wire
H11-14D
  • Lesson Quantity: 7.00 feet
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 10FT
  • Price: $9.26
  • Gold Club Price: $6.94
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24 Gauge Round Dead Soft Copper Wire
H11-24D
  • Lesson Quantity: 3.00 feet
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 5FT
  • Price: $0.93
  • Gold Club Price: $0.69
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Tools

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
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5 inch Plato Slim Flush Cutters for Wire Working or Beading - Pack of 1
G35-3
  • G35-3
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $9.57
  • Gold Club Price: $7.18
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Steel and Rubber Bench Block 2.5X2.5 Inches
G17-22
  • G17-22
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $21.97
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Nylon Faced Mallet
HAM-365.05
  • HAM-365.05
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $13.27
  • Gold Club Price: $9.95
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Wubbers X-Large Round Mandrel Pliers
G2-1304
  • G2-1304
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $35.97
  • Gold Club Price: $26.98
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Wubbers Jumbo Round Mandrel Pliers
G2-1305
  • G2-1305
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $35.97
  • Gold Club Price: $26.98
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6 1/2 Inch Solid Stainless Steel Ball Peen Hammer
G3-18
  • G3-18
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
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  • Price: $5.97
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Instructions
Step 1
Flush cut your chosen length of the 14-gauge wire. Form one end of the clasp by using the round nose pliers to make a small closed loop and gently pulling this to form the top half of a small S shape.
Karen Meador, Ph.D.'s Loopy Loo Graduated Wire Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Spirals, Wire Spiral, Spiral Wire Wrap, flush cut the wire
Karen Meador, Ph.D.'s Loopy Loo Graduated Wire Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Spirals, Wire Spiral, Spiral Wire Wrap, make a small loop on one end
Step 2
Hammer this clasp end on your bench block to work harden it.
Karen Meador, Ph.D.'s Loopy Loo Graduated Wire Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Spirals, Wire Spiral, Spiral Wire Wrap, hammer the loop
Step 3
Place the smallest mandrel you selected on top of the wire.
Karen Meador, Ph.D.'s Loopy Loo Graduated Wire Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Spirals, Wire Spiral, Spiral Wire Wrap, place the smallest cylinder on wire
Step 4
Hold the cylinder in place with your right hand and use your left hand to wrap the wire around the tool.
Karen Meador, Ph.D.'s Loopy Loo Graduated Wire Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Spirals, Wire Spiral, Spiral Wire Wrap, wrap the wire around the mandrel
Step 5
Move the same size cylinder to the other side of the wire and wrap it around to form the second loop which is opposite the first loop.
Karen Meador, Ph.D.'s Loopy Loo Graduated Wire Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Spirals, Wire Spiral, Spiral Wire Wrap, make another loop next to the first
Step 6
Repeat steps 3-6 to form the third and fourth loops using the same size cylinder.
Karen Meador, Ph.D.'s Loopy Loo Graduated Wire Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Spirals, Wire Spiral, Spiral Wire Wrap, repeat steps 3-6
Step 7
7. Change to the next larger mandrel for creating loops 5-8 in the same manner as you made the first four loops.
Karen Meador, Ph.D.'s Loopy Loo Graduated Wire Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Spirals, Wire Spiral, Spiral Wire Wrap, use next larger mandrel to create the next 4 loops
Step 8
Change to the next largest cylinder and create 4 more loops.
Karen Meador, Ph.D.'s Loopy Loo Graduated Wire Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Spirals, Wire Spiral, Spiral Wire Wrap, change to the next larger mandrel to make 4 more loops
Karen Meador, Ph.D.'s Loopy Loo Graduated Wire Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Spirals, Wire Spiral, Spiral Wire Wrap, make more loops
Step 9
Change to the next larger cylinder and only create TWO loops. (I used the ring mandrel for this size.)
Karen Meador, Ph.D.'s Loopy Loo Graduated Wire Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Spirals, Wire Spiral, Spiral Wire Wrap, change to the next larger mandrel and make just 2 loops
Step 10
Create two more loops with the largest cylinder. (I used a larger size on the ring mandrel.)
Karen Meador, Ph.D.'s Loopy Loo Graduated Wire Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Spirals, Wire Spiral, Spiral Wire Wrap, make 2 more loops
Step 11
Continue to create loops for the other half of the bracelet working from the next to largest cylinder used in step 9 to the smallest in step 3.
Karen Meador, Ph.D.'s Loopy Loo Graduated Wire Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Spirals, Wire Spiral, Spiral Wire Wrap, create the other side of the bracelet
Karen Meador, Ph.D.'s Loopy Loo Graduated Wire Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Spirals, Wire Spiral, Spiral Wire Wrap, create the other side of the bracelet
Step 12
Create the other end of the clasp. Measure again 1 1/4 inch from the last loop and create a right angle with the extended wire.
Karen Meador, Ph.D.'s Loopy Loo Graduated Wire Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Spirals, Wire Spiral, Spiral Wire Wrap, create the other half of the clasp
Step 13
Then turn the wire straight back toward the loops.
Karen Meador, Ph.D.'s Loopy Loo Graduated Wire Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Spirals, Wire Spiral, Spiral Wire Wrap, bend the wire back toward the loops
Step 14
Flush cut the straight wire leaving about ¾” for making a loop and use the round nose pliers to create this loop in the end of the wire. The loop will lay atop one of the last loops of the bracelet
Karen Meador, Ph.D.'s Loopy Loo Graduated Wire Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Spirals, Wire Spiral, Spiral Wire Wrap, flush cut the wire
Step 15
Grasp both pieces of the wire about 1/2 inch from the turn end and form a hook by bending the end back towards the front side of the bracelet.
Karen Meador, Ph.D.'s Loopy Loo Graduated Wire Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Spirals, Wire Spiral, Spiral Wire Wrap, bend the double wires into a hook
Karen Meador, Ph.D.'s Loopy Loo Graduated Wire Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Spirals, Wire Spiral, Spiral Wire Wrap, bend the wires into a hook
Step 16
Use your hands to carefully manipulate the wire loops into a bracelet shape. You can form it over a bracelet mandrel if desired.
Karen Meador, Ph.D.'s Loopy Loo Graduated Wire Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Spirals, Wire Spiral, Spiral Wire Wrap, carefully bend into a bracelet shape
Step 17
Put the piece on a bracelet mandrel and lightly hammer it with a mallet being careful not to enlarge it. In lieu of a bracelet mandrel, gently hammer the piece from the inside.
Karen Meador, Ph.D.'s Loopy Loo Graduated Wire Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Spirals, Wire Spiral, Spiral Wire Wrap, gently hammer the bracelet on a bracelet mandrel
Step 18
The photo below shows how the bracelet clasp ends fit together. I tell folks to put the swirl end under and up through the hook rather than vice versa. This seems to be much easier.
Karen Meador, Ph.D.'s Loopy Loo Graduated Wire Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Spirals, Wire Spiral, Spiral Wire Wrap, hook of bracelet
Step 19
Embellish the bracelet as desired by attaching beads with the 24-gauge wire. Wrap the wire around one side of a loop at least three times.
Karen Meador, Ph.D.'s Loopy Loo Graduated Wire Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Spirals, Wire Spiral, Spiral Wire Wrap, embellish with beads
Step 20
Feed a bead onto the wire and attach the wire to the other side of the loop. Note: I like to wrap several times around all the heavier gauge wires where they cross in between the loops. This helps to stabilize the bracelet and help it retain shape. I do this in several different spots on the bracelet.
Karen Meador, Ph.D.'s Loopy Loo Graduated Wire Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Spirals, Wire Spiral, Spiral Wire Wrap, string a bead on the wire
Karen Meador, Ph.D.'s Loopy Loo Graduated Wire Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Spirals, Wire Spiral, Spiral Wire Wrap, lash the wire
Step 21
Use the lighter gauge wire to wrap the clasp loop you created in step 15 to the bracelet loop upon which it sits.
Karen Meador, Ph.D.'s Loopy Loo Graduated Wire Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Spirals, Wire Spiral, Spiral Wire Wrap, wrap the clasp
Step 22
Continue until you have completed the embellishment that you want.
Karen Meador, Ph.D.'s Loopy Loo Graduated Wire Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Spirals, Wire Spiral, Spiral Wire Wrap, embellish the bracelet
Karen Meador, Ph.D.'s Loopy Loo Graduated Wire Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Spirals, Wire Spiral, Spiral Wire Wrap, embellished bracelet