This bracelet is a great way to make your own beads and to start making your own components.
Plus the materials are cost very little! Almost all of the bracelet is made from paper and cheap electrical wire (except the clasp but I'll do something on making clasps another time.)
I never buy copper wire specifically for jewellery making since I found a cheap supply. Cooker wire is made up from one central strand of 1mm copper wire and 12 strands of 0.6mm copper wire plus it is so cheap costing about £1.20 (plus postage!) on Ebay. All you need to do is strip away the outer layer of insulation and you have loads of wire!
You will need
Twin core cooker wire
Book or magazine pages
Mod Podge glue
6mm knitting needle or something to wrap wire around like a wooden spoon handle
Two pairs of chain nose pliers
Round nose pliers
Copper toggle clasp
Making jump rings
1. Take a length of 0.6mm wire and the knitting needle
2. Wrap it in a tight coil around the knitting needle.
3. Slide the coil off the knitting needle and cut the coil using the wire cutters.
4. Ta da - jump rings!
Making the beads
1. Take a book page and coat both sides with a couple of layers of mod podge and allow to dry.
2. Once dry divide the paper into 1.5mm strips.
3. Cut up the strips with a craft knife
4. Take one strip and coat both sides with some more mod podge. Before it dries tightly roll the strip around a piece of wire. Leave to dry slightly so the bead holds it shape and remove from the wire. (This bit can be quite messy.)
5. Repeat until you have plenty of beads.
Making the bracelet
1. Take a 20cm length of 0.6mm copper wire and make a loop at one end using round nose pliers.
2. Thread on a paper bead and hold the wire about 5mm above the bead with your round nose pliers.
3. Start to make a wire wrapped loop (Instructions here)
4. Instead of wrapping the wire around the base of the loop loosely wrap it around the bead.
5. Once you get to the other end wrap the wire around the base of the loop and using the chain nose pliers squash the end of the wire flat into the bead.
6. One link finished
7. Connect all the beads together using the jump rings. (Opening and closing jump rings here)
8. Attach the clasp and the bracelet is finished.
To make it more colourful you could use magazine pages or personalise it by using a map of a favourite place to make the beads.
If anyone makes it I would love to hear how you get on.
Until next time!