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Hill Tribe Bracelet


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This lesson shows how to create a framed bracelet, wrapping a focal bead in the center, all with just one piece of wire. The focal bead and the frame are then embellished with beads, coils, and weaving. Once the basic concept and design of the bracelet are learned, you can embellish the frame to your liking - add crystals, semi-precious stones, maybe a spiral or two! Like any jewelry skills we learn, working with fine gauge wire is a learned skill. Here is some helpful info for you: If a loop forms as the wire is pulled through the frames, it will get smaller and smaller until a kink forms. To remedy this, uncurl and straighten the wire as soon as a loop begins to form which can be done with your fingers. Also, when pulling the wire through your fingers, don't tightly squeeze the wire or run your fingernails along the wire as it can curl the wire. Pull wire with the pads of your fingers with gentle pressure to avoid curling. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Knowledge of how to use basic jewelry tools. Knowledge of basic wire wrapping. SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS In the tutorial, you will be instructed on how to size the bracelet to fit your wrist.

Recommended with this pattern

  • 26-30" 16-gauge dead soft wire
  • 23-25' 26-gauge dead soft wire
  • 1 focal bead. Oval, coin, round, or rectangular shaped beads are all good choices, with oval, coin, or round being best shapes to start with. Pick a bead that measures, hole to hole, 2-3 cm long with the width at its widest point being 1.5-3 cm. The Hilltribe bead used for this tutorial is 2.2 cm long x 1.5 cm wide.

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I am a self-taught jewelry designer, wire wrapping since 2005 and wire weaving since 2008. I am a freelance writer for Step By Step Wire Jewelry magazine and a contributing author to the books Wire Style and Wire Style 2. I am the author of Weave, Wrap, Coil Creating Artisan Wire Jewelry. My second book on wire jewelry will be available Spring 2013. I teach classes at bead shows and bead stores in the U.S., internationally, and in my home studio in Tucson.