Judy Larson's Scarab Bracelet, Contemporary Wire Jewelry. Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry. Scarabs were popular talismans in ancient Egypt.
Scarab Bracelet
by Judy Larson
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Technique(s): Coiling, Wrapping
  • Skill Level: Beginner
Scarabs were popular talismans in ancient Egypt. Modeled upon the "Scarabaeidae" family dung beetle that rolls dung into a ball for the purposes of eating and laying eggs that are later transformed into larva, the scarab was seen as an earthly symbol of the cycle of the sun god Ra rolling across the sky each day and transforming bodies and souls. It became the icon of Egyptian understanding of death and resurrection.

While playing around with the love knot one day, I decided it needed a bead in the center. I found these scarab beads languishing in one of my bead boxes and knew this was the perfect project for them.

Using the materials listed in the tutorial, a five bead finished bracelet will be 7″ long and a six bead finished bracelet will be 8″ long. Each wire wrapped bead section is 5/8″ wide and 1-1/8″ long. The length of the bracelet can be adjusted by changing the size or style of the clasp or by using larger jump rings to connect the bead sections.

Materials

20 Gauge Round Half Hard .925 Sterling Silver Wire
H8-20H
  • Lesson Quantity: 18.00 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 5FT
  • Price: $9.17
  • Gold Club Price: $6.88
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26 Gauge Round Dead Soft .925 Sterling Silver Wire
H8-26D
  • Lesson Quantity: 120.00 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 10FT
  • Price: $4.47
  • Gold Club Price: $3.35
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18 Gauge Round Half Hard .925 Sterling Silver Wire
H8-18H
  • Lesson Quantity: 3.50 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1FT
  • Price: $2.67
  • Gold Club Price: $2.00
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Carved Scarab Bead 14x10mm
  • Lesson Quantity: 6.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
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Tools

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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Flat Nose Wire Plier
G2-506
  • G2-506
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $32.95
  • Gold Club Price: $24.71
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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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Stainless Steel Ring Mandrel Sizes 1-15
G7-2
  • G7-2
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Price: $32.95
  • Gold Club Price: $24.71
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12 Inch Stainless Steel Ruler
G7-30
  • G7-30
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $2.97
  • Gold Club Price: $2.23
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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
Straighten and cut two 3″ pieces of 20 gauge wire for each wire wrapped bead you need. These will be called core wires. Steps 2 through 10 show you how to make one wire wrapped bead link.
Step 2
Make an eye loop on each end of the core wires using Step 2 (or 1/8″ mandrel) on the 6 step barrel pliers. Make sure both eyes are going in the same direction.
Judy Larson's Scarab Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Making and eye loop.
Judy Larson's Scarab Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Making and eye loop.
Step 3
Straighten and cut a 20" piece of 26 gauge wire. Leaving a 1" tail and starting at one loop, wrap the 26 gauge wire around the 20 gauge core wire component created in Step 2 until you are about 1/16″ from the other loop. Trim the wire tails. Center the wrapped wire between the eyes. Tap the wrap wire ends into the core wire using the tips of your chain nose pliers. Repeat the process with another core wire and 26 gauge wire. Hint: To conserve wire, work from the 26 gauge wire spool.
Judy Larson's Scarab Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Wrapping 26 gauge around the 20 gauge core.
Judy Larson's Scarab Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Wrapping 26 gauge around the 20 gauge core.
Judy Larson's Scarab Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Wrapping 26 gauge around the 20 gauge core.
Step 4
Center and hold a wrapped wire on a 1/2” mandrel. Bend the wrapped wire around the mandrel until the loops meet. Note: It is important that the loops meet and that one side is not longer than the other. Repeat the process with another wrapped wire.
Judy Larson's Scarab Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Bend wrapped wire around mandrel.
Judy Larson's Scarab Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Bend wrapped wire around mandrel.
Step 5
While still holding the wrapped wire unit on the mandrel, use the tips of your flat nose pliers to bend the loops perpendicular to the mandrel. Repeat the process on another wrapped and shaped wire.
Judy Larson's Scarab Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Bend loops perpendicular.
Judy Larson's Scarab Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Bend loops perpendicular.
Step 6
Place the rounded end of a shaped wrapped wire piece on top of the 1/2” mandrel with the eye loops facing up. Push the rounded end over the mandrel, making a slight bend in the end. Repeat with another wrapped and shaped wire.
Judy Larson's Scarab Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Make slight bend using the mandrel.
Judy Larson's Scarab Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Make slight bend using the mandrel.
Step 7
Follow the photo steps to slide the two shaped wrapped pieces together. This is the most difficult step in making this bracelet. Make minor adjustments when the links are together. Note: It is very important that you put all the links together in the same manner.
Judy Larson's Scarab Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Slide the wrapped pieces together.
Judy Larson's Scarab Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Slide the wrapped pieces together.
Judy Larson's Scarab Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Slide the wrapped pieces together.
Step 8
Straighten and cut a scant 1-7/8″ piece of 20 gauge wire. Make an eye loop one end of the wire using Step 2 on the 6step barrel pliers. Slide a bead on the wire. Using Step 2 on the 6-step barrel pliers, make a loop going in the opposite direction on the other end of the wire.
Judy Larson's Scarab Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Make an eye loop and add a bead.
Judy Larson's Scarab Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Make an eye loop and add a bead.
Step 9
Pro Tip: You do not need to do this step if you are using a round bead. This step keeps flat beads from spinning in the wire wrapped unit. Straighten and cut a 31/2” piece of 26 gauge wire. Center the 26 gauge wire on the back of the scarab bead. Wrap the 26 gauge wire three times around the core wire on either side of the bead. Keeping the bead centered on the core wire, continue to add one wrap at a time to each side until you reach the eye loop. Trim the wrap wires. Using the tips of your chain nose pliers, tap the ends tightly to the core. The loop should face down on the head end of the scarab bead.
Judy Larson's Scarab Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Keep flat beads from spinning.
Judy Larson's Scarab Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Keep flat beads from spinning.
Judy Larson's Scarab Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Keep flat beads from spinning.
Step 10
The bead wrap wire sits diagonally across the back of the bead. This wire keeps the bead from spinning. If you find that the wrap wire is a bit loose, you can tighten it up by grasping it in the center with the tips of your flat nose pliers and giving it a slight twist. Use the photo directions to insert the bead into the wire wrapped unit. Make sure that all the scarab heads are facing in the same direction.
Judy Larson's Scarab Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Variations.
Judy Larson's Scarab Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Variations.
Judy Larson's Scarab Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Variations.
Judy Larson's Scarab Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Variations.
Judy Larson's Scarab Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Variations.
Judy Larson's Scarab Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Variations.
Judy Larson's Scarab Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Variations.
Step 11
Repeat Steps 2 through 10 for the other bead units. Using the materials listed in the tutorial, a five bead finished bracelet will be 7″ long and a six bead finished bracelet will be 8" long.
Step 12
Pro Tip: Optional: Gently curve each bead unit on a 1″ mandrel. You may want to push the sides of the wire wrapped core wires in toward the bead at this point if the bead seems to be too narrow and/or loose.
Judy Larson's Scarab Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Curve each bead unit on mandrel.
Judy Larson's Scarab Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Curve each bead unit on mandrel.
Step 13
Using Step 3 (or 3/16″ mandrel) of the 6step barrel pliers and 18 gauge wire, make enough jump rings to connect the bead units and attach your closure with two jump rings each.
Step 14
Connect the links with two jump rings each. You could use one jump ring, but since the jump rings are not soldered, the links will be more secure with two.
Step 15
Attach the closure pieces on either end of the bracelet using two jump rings.
Judy Larson's Scarab Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Attach closure pieces.
Judy Larson's Scarab Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Attach closure pieces.
Judy Larson's Scarab Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Attach closure pieces.