Friday, November 28, 2008

How to create wire links

Wire links can be used for a number of different things, they can be used for earrings, bracelets, necklaces or you can turn that special bead into a pendant using a head pin.
Here is a little explanation on how to create a wire link for a bracelet.

Tools: round nose pliers, chain nose pliers, wire cutters and wire. (the size of wire depends on your project. For a wire linked bracelet, i like to use between 18 and 22 gauge. Any smaller than 22 may be a little to fragile.

1.Cut a 3 1/2 in piece of wire. ( I usually cut the wire approx 2 inches longer than the bead).
1 inch from the top of your wire position you round nose pliers (I usually put the wire in the round nose about 1/4 inch), and using the twist of your wrist, make a right angle towards you. Each step is going to put you in the correct position for the next step.

2.So now you have your right angle, with your thumb and forefinger of other hand, grab the wire that is angled, and pull it over the top jaw of your pliers.

3.Now reposition your pliers so the bottom jaw is now sitting on top of your loop.

4. Pull the piece of wire (the one you pulled over the top) pull it across the bottom jaw of the plier.

4.With your chain nose pliers, grab the excess wire and begin twisting around the stem nice and snug. Each time you go around, you want each circle to sit just below the last.

Now you have your first loop.
Add bead and do the same thing on other end, beginning about a mm above your bead.
Now you have your link.
When you do your next link, make sure before twisting your other end that you attach it to your last link.
keep following these steps until you have bracelet to desired length.
Make sure you add your clasp to your last link.
Have fun creating!!

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