Kristal Wick's Rainforest Wire Bracelet, Contemporary Wire Jewelry. Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, Oxidizing Wire, Oxidizing, Antiquing Wire, Antiquing, Texturing. This bracelet was inspired by the Hoh Rainforest with lush green carpets of mosses growing on the trees and is the perfect combo of greens, coppers and browns.
Rainforest Wire Bracelet
by Kristal Wick
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Technique(s): Forging, Oxidizing / Antiquing, Texturing
  • Skill Level: Beginner
This bracelet was inspired by the Hoh Rainforest with lush green carpets of mosses growing on the trees and is the perfect combo of greens, coppers and browns. I did a slight patina on the main copper links to add an element of vintage to the bracelet, but you could patina the entire bracelet when complete.

Materials

Sterling Silver Jump Ring Open (Oxidized 20ga .030") 5mm - Pack of 10
K11-42
  • Lesson Quantity: 16.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 2.00 each
  • Price: $2.40
  • Gold Club Price: $1.80
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6mm Emerald 5000 Round Swarovski Crystal Beads - Pack of 10
A13-102
  • Lesson Quantity: 4.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $4.77
  • Gold Club Price: $3.58
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6mm Peridot 5000 Round Swarovski Crystal Beads - Pack of 10
A13-16B
  • Lesson Quantity: 4.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $4.97
  • Gold Club Price: $3.73
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18 Gauge Round Dead Soft Copper Wire - 1LB
H11-18D-1LB
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $22.57
  • Gold Club Price: $16.93
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Gold Filled Oval Lobster 11mm - Pack of 1
J3-84
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $4.92
  • Gold Club Price: $3.69
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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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20 X 15 Inch Padded Work Mat
MAT-620.00
  • MAT-620.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $14.95
  • Gold Club Price: $11.21
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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: $99.95
  • Gold Club Price: $74.96
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Steel Bench Block 4x4 Inch - Pack of 1
G17-10
  • G17-10
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $21.95
  • Gold Club Price: $16.46
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Wubbers Round Mandrel Pliers - 5 Plier Set
G15-18
  • G15-18
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $149.95
  • Gold Club Price: $112.46
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Flat Nose Nylon Flat Jaw With Spring
PLR-831.00
  • PLR-831.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $13.80
  • Gold Club Price: $10.35
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CLEAR SAFETY GLASSES
GLS-120.40
  • GLS-120.40
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $4.95
  • Gold Club Price: $3.71
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Liver of Sulphur Gel, 2 Ounce Bottle
SOL-610.02
  • SOL-610.02
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $12.95
  • Gold Club Price: $9.71
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Instructions
Step 1
Straighten the wire if needed using nylon pliers. Flush cut 8 pieces of wire 2.5".
Kristal Wick's Rainforest Wire Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, Oxidizing Wire, Oxidizing, Antiquing Wire, Antiquing, Texturing, wire link bracelet
Step 2
To create the wire links, center and bend the wire around the Wubbers medium pliers (large jaw).
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Step 3
Bend the ends down slightly and make a loop at each end using the Wubbers pliers smaller jaw.
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Step 4
Work harden and texture the links using a texture hammer and block. Close the loop ends if needed after hammering.
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Step 5
Flush cut 8 pieces of wire 1.5" and make a loop on one end. Create an eye pin by bending the straight part of the wire down a tad using chain nose pliers.
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Step 6
Slide a crystal onto the eye pin and make another loop at the other end. Create 8 total crystal links. I used 2 different colors in the project.
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Step 7
Attach a crystal link to a wire link using jump rings. * Learn to make your own twisted wire jump rings here: https://www.wirejewelry.com/jewelry_making_patterns_tutorials/Twisted-Wire-Jump-Rings_764.html
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Step 8
Attach a crystal link to the connector by opening the crystal link loop, inserting the connector loop and closing the loop. Repeat for all four connectors creating the bracelet.
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Step 9
Attach a lobster clasp to a crystal link at one end of the bracelet.
*Optional step: Patina the links using liver of sulfur or my cheater patina method.
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