Karen Meador, Ph.D.'s Wire Roses Bracelet, Contemporary Wire Jewelry. Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling. Coiling some wire for focals on the bracelet reminded me of tiny roses adorning the wrist.
Wire Roses Bracelet
by Karen Meador, Ph.D.
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Technique(s): Coiling
  • Skill Level: Beginner
Coiling some wire for focals on the bracelet reminded me of tiny roses adorning the wrist. Work this up in any metal for a different look from the copper.

Materials

18 Gauge Round Dead Soft .925 Sterling Silver Wire
H8-18D
  • Lesson Quantity: 4.00 feet
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 5FT
  • Price: $16.84
  • Gold Club Price: $12.63
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18 Gauge Round Dead Soft Copper Wire
H11-18D
  • Lesson Quantity: 4.00 feet
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 5FT
  • Price: $2.94
  • Gold Club Price: $2.21
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18 Gauge Round Magenta Enameled Craft Wire - 21 ft
H5-G18-21FT
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $5.80
  • Gold Club Price: $4.35
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16 Gauge Round Dead Soft .925 Sterling Silver Wire
H8-16D
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 feet
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1FT
  • Price: $6.45
  • Gold Club Price: $4.84
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16 Gauge Round Dead Soft Copper Wire
H11-16D
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 feet
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1FT
  • Price: $0.94
  • Gold Club Price: $0.70
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Tools

Stainless Steel Ring Mandrel Sizes 1-15
G7-2
  • G7-2
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $19.44
  • Gold Club Price: $14.58
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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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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
  • Gold Club Price: $16.48
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Flat Face Chasing Hammer with Wood Handle - Economy
G3-14
  • G3-14
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $11.57
  • Gold Club Price: $8.68
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Instructions
Step 1
Cut an 8" length from the18g wire and mark the center (4") with a permanent marker. You will make several of these and the number of wire lengths required depends upon the size bracelet you are making.
Karen Meador, Ph.D.'s Wire Roses Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, wire roses bracelet
Step 2
Secure the ring mandrel in a holder or vise, if possible, and place a mark about ¾ inch from the smaller diameter end.
Karen Meador, Ph.D.'s Wire Roses Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, wire roses bracelet
Step 3
Line up the mark on the wire and the one on the ring mandrel. The wire is on top of the mandrel facing you. Bend both ends of the wire away from you around the mandrel.
Karen Meador, Ph.D.'s Wire Roses Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, wire roses bracelet
Karen Meador, Ph.D.'s Wire Roses Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, wire roses bracelet
Step 4
Wrap both ends back around to the front making sure they do NOT cross in the back. Twist the wires together in the front of the mandrel.
Karen Meador, Ph.D.'s Wire Roses Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, wire roses bracelet
Karen Meador, Ph.D.'s Wire Roses Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, wire roses bracelet
Step 5
Wrap the wires around the twist forming an enlarging circle. Keep the wires flat against the mandrel.
Karen Meador, Ph.D.'s Wire Roses Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, wire roses bracelet
Karen Meador, Ph.D.'s Wire Roses Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, wire roses bracelet
Step 6
Remove the link from the mandrel when about ½ of wire remains. Use the round nose pliers to form loops in the wire ends and tuck these under the flower.
Karen Meador, Ph.D.'s Wire Roses Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, wire roses bracelet
Karen Meador, Ph.D.'s Wire Roses Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, wire roses bracelet
Step 7
Turn the link to the back and use your fingers to open the circles that previously went around the mandrel.
Karen Meador, Ph.D.'s Wire Roses Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, wire roses bracelet
Karen Meador, Ph.D.'s Wire Roses Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, wire roses bracelet
Step 8
Use a hammer or mallet and bench block to work harden these circles.
Karen Meador, Ph.D.'s Wire Roses Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, wire roses bracelet
Step 9
Create more links in the same manner until you have the number needed for your bracelet. (My wrist is 6' and I needed 5 links.) Connect the links with two jump rings on each side and attach a hook clasp to one end. Any one of the circles in your links serves as the other part of the clasp.
Karen Meador, Ph.D.'s Wire Roses Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, wire roses bracelet
Karen Meador, Ph.D.'s Wire Roses Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, wire roses bracelet
Step 10
You can make larger links if you want; however as you do so, you may want to use a heavier gauge wire. I made a few larger links and added some bead links for this necklace.
Karen Meador, Ph.D.'s Wire Roses Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, wire roses bracelet