Monday Make :: Swirled Cuff Bracelet
Do you have a set of large beads that you fell in love with but don’t quite know how to use? They’re too big for earrings, and you’ve got plenty of pendants already. Why not make one–or 20!–of these great swirled cuff bracelets? Michelle Mach chose these blue dyed agate beads that have a great crackle texture that beg for singular attention when she put together this design, and I love it, but you can find quite a few other large beads that will work at your local bead store.
The best part is that the cuff bracelet can fit any size of wrist. So if you’re a jewelry maker getting ready for the holiday sale season, these are custom pieces that won’t break the bank as far as your materials costs go and the size is adjustable, so you don’t have to worry about fitting a wrist perfectly or remaking a piece for a specific customer.
You need (all of which you can find at Michaels):
- your favorite large beads with a flat back; round beads don’t like to sit still atop the round wire
- 16-gauge Artistic Wire
- 20-gauge Artistic Wire
- round-nose pliers
- flat-nose pliers
- wire cutters (memory wire shears work great here)
Michelle has made a great step-by-step photo instructions for us. Enjoy!