Kristal Wick's Whimsy Heart Links Bracelet, Contemporary Wire Jewelry. Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling. One of my fave reasons for living in Colorado is the colors! That's why Colorado's nickname is
Whimsy Heart Links Bracelet
by Kristal Wick
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Technique(s): Coiling
  • Skill Level: Beginner
One of my fave reasons for living in Colorado is the colors! That's why Colorado's nickname is "Colorful Colorado." The mountain scenery, sky, rivers, lakes and plains are constantly changing with the shadows of the day and seasons. As an artist, I find these changes constantly fascinating and inform my artistic expression. I'm definitely not alone as so many creators throughout history have painted and been inspired by those magnificent mountain ranges and magical blue skies!

I took this picture with my cell phone in the car (from the passenger seat - don't worry, I wasn't driving). As we drove around a bend in the highway, this view literally made us gasp in awe and I knew someday I'd use this color pallet in future jewelry creations. Mother Nature is the best colorist in my opinion!

Materials

20 Gauge Round Silver Plated Peacock Blue Copper Craft Wire - 25 ft
H17-L20-25FT
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $6.90
  • Gold Club Price: $5.18
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20 Gauge Round Amber Enameled Craft Wire - 30 ft
H5-M20-30FT
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $5.80
  • Gold Club Price: $4.35
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20 Gauge Round Silver Plated American Blue Copper Craft Wire - 25 ft
H17-J20-25FT
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $6.90
  • Gold Club Price: $5.18
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Rose Gold Filled Head Pin (.020) 24GA 2 inch - Pack of 10
L8-11
  • Lesson Quantity: 5.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $6.02
  • Gold Club Price: $4.52
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Rose Gold Filled Oval Lobster 9mm - Pack of 1
L3-16
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
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  • Price: $2.91
  • Gold Club Price: $2.18
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4mm Aquamarine 5328 Bi-Cone Swarovski Crystal Beads - Pack of 10
A13-56A
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
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  • Price: $1.97
  • Gold Club Price: $1.48
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6mm Light Topaz 5328 Bi-Cone Swarovski Crystal Beads - Pack of 10
A13-21B
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $2.57
  • Gold Club Price: $1.93
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Gold Filled Jump Ring Open (.030) 20ga 3mm - Pack of 25
J11-179
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $5.50
  • Gold Club Price: $4.13
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Gold Filled Jump Ring Open (.035) 19ga. (OD) 8mm (ID) 6.2mm - Pack of 25
J11-180
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
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  • Price: $21.78
  • Gold Club Price: $16.34
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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
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  • Price: $170.72
  • Gold Club Price: $128.04
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Wubber Oval Mandrel Pliers - Small
PLR-1560
  • PLR-1560
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
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  • Price: $36.97
  • Gold Club Price: $27.73
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Premium Nylon Jaw Pliers
G2-35
  • G2-35
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $14.95
  • Gold Club Price: $11.21
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Instructions
Step 1
Using your nylon jaw pliers straighten your wire on the spool and cut ten 5" pieces of amber wire.
Step 2
Place the Wubbers oval pliers in the middle of the wire and bend each end up.
Kristal Wick's Whimsy Heart Links Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, spiral link bracelet
Step 3
Keep bending the wires and cross them over each other.

Kristal Wick's Whimsy Heart Links Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, spiral link bracelet
Step 4
Using your round nose pliers, make a tiny loop at one end of the wire and role the wire tightly into a spiral toward the inside of the wire.
Pro Tip: Be sure your tiny loop is large enough to fit your jump rings through in a later step.
Kristal Wick's Whimsy Heart Links Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, spiral link bracelet
Step 5
Repeat on the other wire end and make 9 more links the same way.
Kristal Wick's Whimsy Heart Links Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, spiral link bracelet
Step 6
Make 2 end links, one for each bracelet end. Cut two 4" pieces of amber wire. Repeat Step #2 and roll the wire ends toward the outside into spirals.
Kristal Wick's Whimsy Heart Links Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, spiral link bracelet
Step 7
Make 5 dangles. Slide small bicone, large bicone, tubular shape bead, large bicone, small bicone onto a head pin and make a simple loop at the top.

NOTE: I used my hand painted silk beads, Sassy Silkies, for this project but any shaped large bead will work.
Kristal Wick's Whimsy Heart Links Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, spiral link bracelet
Step 8
Connect two heart links using a large jump ring through the middle of each spiral.

NOTE: Use large commercial jump rings or make your own. I made my own using 20 gauge Peacock Blue wire. See Denise Peck's tutorial on making jump rings in our video section.
Kristal Wick's Whimsy Heart Links Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, spiral link bracelet
Step 9
Connect all links to the bracelet end using a small jump ring adding the dangle loop before closing the jump ring.
Kristal Wick's Whimsy Heart Links Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, spiral link bracelet
Step 10
Connect the end links you made in Step #6 to each end of the bracelet using large jump rings. Add a lobster clasp using a small jump ring to one end.
Kristal Wick's Whimsy Heart Links Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, spiral link bracelet
Kristal Wick's Whimsy Heart Links Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, spiral link bracelet