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Beachy Keen Bracelet Project
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Beachy Keen Bracelet Project
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Project Description:

I wanted to make a cuff bracelet that was several strands and contained a nice color pattern. I didn't have a 7 strand spacer available to me, so I decided to create my own using 24 gauge wire that subtly and gently wraps around the coils to hold them in place.

Shanna Steele, Auntie's Beads DesignerAuthor Shanna Steele
Shanna Steele
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Instructions:


1. Using your memory wire shears, cut your memory wire bracelet into 7 separate coils. Each coil should have an overlap of about 1.5 to 2 inches.

2. Using your wire looping pliers, make a small loop at one end of each of your 7 coils. String 60 seed beads on each coil. You will want to have the following: 2 chocolate coils with 60 seed beads each; 2 turquoise coils with 60 seed beads each; 2 bronze coils with 60 seed beads each; and 1 pearl ceylon coil with 60 seed beads.

3. Using your memory wire shears, cut your each coil so you still have about an inch of space to make a loop at the end of the coil. Using your wire looping pliers, make small loops at the end of each of your 7 coils. NOTE: You will not want to make the coils too tight because you are going to need some room to wrap the coils together.

4. Using your nipper tool, cut a piece of 24 gauge wire measuring about 12 inches. Leave about a 1 inch "tail" and wrap your wire between seed beads 1 and 2 in one of your chocolate coils. Wrap it so the wire is looped firmly in between the seed beads and the wire comes down on the back of the coil.

5. Take your turquoise coil and place it underneath the chocolate coil. Take your wire up, around, and over the memory wire in between beads 1 and 2 on the turquoise coil. Wrap it so the straight part of the wire comes out in the back of the bracelet. (You are doing this so you will not see a line on the top portion of the bracelet; you want to keep your wire hidden.)

6. Continue to repeat step 5. You want to wrap your coils into place so they are anchored. The coils should be wrapped in the following order: chocolate, turquoise, bronze, pearl ceylon, bronze, turquoise, chocolate.

7. When you have wrapped your wire around the last chocolate coil, use your nipper tool to cut any excess wire you have. Cut the "tail" you formed at the top. Use your round nose pliers to tuck any sharp edges.

8. Repeat steps 4 through 7 at the opposite end of the coil cuff. You will want to wrap the wire in between beads 59 and 60.

9. Repeat steps 4 through 7 between beads 19 and 20 and again between beads 39 and 40. After you have wrapped all of your coils, you should have them perfectly aligned and anchored to have a bracelet that looks like a solid cuff bracelet.

Materials and Tools Needed:

Miyuki Seed Beads, Opaque Chocolate, 6/0 (120 pieces)
Miyuki Seed Beads, Opaque Turquoise Green, 6/0 (120 pieces)
Miyuki Seed Beads, Matte Matallic Dark Bronze, 6/0 (120 pieces)
Miyuki Seed Beads, Antique Ivory Pearl Ceylon, 6/0 (60 pieces)
Bracelet Memory Wire, Large
Artistic Silver Plate Wire Spool, 24 gauge, Non-Tarnish Silver
Memory Wire Shears
Wire Looping Pliers
Nipper Tool
Beadsmith "La Femme" Ergo Pliers, Round Nose

Material and Supplies Used in This Project:
6/0 Opaque Chocolate Miyuki Seed Beads
6/0 Opaque Chocolate Miyuki Seed Beads
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6/0 Opaque Turquoise Green Miyuki Seed Beads
6/0 Opaque Turquoise Green Miyuki Seed Beads
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6/0 Matte Met Dk Bronze Miyuki Seed Beads
6/0 Matte Met Dk Bronze Miyuki Seed Beads
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6/0 Antique Ivory Pearl Ceylon Miyuki Seed Beads
6/0 Antique Ivory Pearl Ceylon Miyuki Seed Beads
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Bracelet Memory Wire, Large
Bracelet Memory Wire, Large
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Artistic Wire, 24 Gauge, Non-Tarnish Silver Plate, 15 Yards
Artistic Wire, 24 Gauge, Non-Tarnish Silver Plate, 15 Yards
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Memory Wire Shears
Memory Wire Shears
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Wire Looping Pliers
Wire Looping Pliers
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Classic Nipper Tool
Classic Nipper Tool
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Beadsmith La Femme Ergo Pliers, Round Nose
Beadsmith La Femme Ergo Pliers, Round Nose
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5/5
Rating Beautiful
 
I made this last night and was pleased with how it turned out. The colors go beautifully together! For me, using the wire for spacers was kind of difficult. But the bracelet is fantastic.
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Reviewed by:  from Indiana. - 9/23/2010
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Rating Beachy Keen Bracelet
 
Cool summery cuff! The colors are wonderful and it would be very easy to make using the memory wire. Try making others with other beach color combos -- pink, salmon, turquoise, aqua, amethyst would be great together as would carnelian, deep amethyst, and cream. Or you could just "go crazy" with a rainbow of colors or a "Salvation Plan" bracelet. The possibilities are endless.
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Reviewed by:  from Alabama. - 7/24/2010
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