Kristal Wick's Misty Mountains Spiral WIre Bracelet, Contemporary Wire Jewelry. Spirals, Wire Spiral, Spiral Wire Wrap, Oxidizing Wire, Oxidizing, Antiquing Wire, Antiquing, Texturing. Recently, I've had many customers request more lighter weight jewelry so I wanted to give aluminum wire a try.
Misty Mountains Spiral WIre Bracelet
by Kristal Wick
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Technique(s): Making Spirals, Oxidizing / Antiquing, Texturing
  • Skill Level: Beginner
Recently, I've had many customers request more lighter weight jewelry so I wanted to give aluminum wire a try. I love the results! Light weight and very easy to work with so double the fun. I usually gravitate to large links for bracelets as I did in this one, but you could make this same design using the smaller oval mandrel pliers for a more delicate look.

Materials

12 Gauge Silver Enameled Aluminum Wire - 40FT
H14-V12-40FT
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $8.97
  • Gold Club Price: $6.73
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Sterling Silver Jump Ring Open (.030) 20ga. 9mm - Pack of 10
K11-30
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $4.06
  • Gold Club Price: $3.05
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Sterling Silver Oval Lobster 11mm - Pack of 1
K3-132
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $2.82
  • Gold Club Price: $2.12
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Tools

WireJewelry - Ultimate Wire-Pliers Jewelry Pliers with Case, Set of 5
G15-20
  • G15-20
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $170.72
  • Gold Club Price: $128.04
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Wubbers Oval Mandrel Pliers - Large
PLR-1580
  • PLR-1580
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $44.97
  • Gold Club Price: $33.73
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Wubbers Medium Bail Making Pliers
G2-1302
  • G2-1302
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
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  • Price: $27.95
  • Gold Club Price: $20.96
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Texturing Hammer with 9 Faces
HAM-470.00
  • HAM-470.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $47.00
  • Gold Club Price: $35.25
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Wubbers Artisan's Mark 4 Pc Texture Hammer Set
HAM-6100
  • HAM-6100
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $98.95
  • Gold Club Price: $74.21
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Steel Block--Deluxe Hardened Steel
DAP-525.50
  • DAP-525.50
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  • Price: $18.97
  • Gold Club Price: $14.23
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Instructions
Step 1
Cut a 5" piece of wire and wrap around the large jaw of the oval mandrel pliers leaving ¬ĺ" at the top. Repeat to make 6 links total. This bracelet ends up 7.5" long. Make as many or few links to fit your wrist.
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Step 2
Wrap a loop at the top using the smallest jaw of the round mandrel pliers. Repeat for all links.
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Step 3
Push the wire to the inside of the oval and wrap a loop inside the circle. Repeat for all links.
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Step 4
Avoiding the top loop, hammer the entire link first with a flat chasing hammer and then using a texture hammer until you're pleased with the amount of texture. Repeat for all links.
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Step 5
Using 2 chain or flat nose pliers, twist the top loop 90 degrees with the split towards the back. Repeat for all links.
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Step 6
Patina the links using liver of sulfur or my cheater patina method:
www.wirejewelry.com/jewelry_making_tips_techniques/Cheater-Patina_488.
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Step 7
Open the top loop on a link and slip in the bottom of a link; close top loop and repeat until you've attached all links.
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Step 8
Attach a lobster clasp to one end of the bracelet and a couple of jump rings to the other end.
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