Jewelry

Flower Chain Bracelet Tutorial

I wasn’t quite sure what to do with these domed flower beads when I bought them, but they were so pretty and unique that I knew I could find something to do with them. I discovered that some glass pearls I had fit perfectly inside them, making them look like actual flowers. I experimented with a couple different ways to keep the pearls inside, and went with wire wrapping. The flowers looked great on some metal chain I had, so this really cool wire wrapped flower chain bracelet was born. I liked the design so much, I made some matching earrings to go with it. Both are available for purchase in my Etsy shop, along with a similar pair of yellow earrings. If you’d like to learn how to make your own, learn a new technique, or get some inspiration, keep on reading!

The Bracelet

gfpb1

Materials

  • 7 – 15 mm domed glass flower beads
  • 7 – 4 mm white glass pearls
  • 28″ (~70 cm) of 30 gauge wire, cut into 7 – 4″ (~10 cm) pieces
  • 6.5″ (~16.5 cm) of chain (32 links about 5 x 7 mm)
  • 2 – 21 gauge silver oval jump rings, 5 x 7 mm
  • 1 toggle clasp

Directions

fbt1
1. Center a pearl bead on a piece of wire. Fold the ends down and poke them through the flower bead. Pull the pearl in tight to the flower.
fbt2
2. On the back of the flower, wrap one end of the wire around the other several times until the wrapped wire is larger than the flower bead hole. Make seven flower and pearl units.
fbt3
3. Place the flower four links in on the chain. Make the wire ends go through the link.
fbt4
4. On one side of the link, wrap one wire end around, going over and then under the link. Pull it tight with a pair of pliers. Repeat with the other side of the link and the other wire end.
fbt5
5. Continue wrapping both sides until they are both wrapped around three times each. Keep the wraps tight and close together. Cut excess wire. Use pliers or a crimp tool to tuck in any sharp edges.

6. Repeat steps 3-5, placing each flower 4 links apart on the chain.

7. Attach the toggle clasp with the oval jump rings to each end of the chain.

The Earrings

gfpe4

Materials

  • 2 – 15 mm domed flower beads
  • 2 – 4 mm white glass pearls
  • 8″ (~20 cm) of 30 gauge wire, cut into 2 – 4″ (~10 cm) pieces
  • 2 – 18 gauge, 6 mm jump rings
  • 2 shepherd’s hook style ear wires

Directions

1. Follow steps 1-2 from the bracelet above to make 2 flower and pearl units.

fbt6
2. Turn the flower over and place the jump ring through the wire ends and centered over the wire cluster. Wrap one end of the wire around the jump ring by going over and then under. Pull it tight with pliers. One the opposite side of the ring and with the other wire end, wrap it around in the same way, keeping the ring centered over the wire cluster. Keep wrapping until you have wrapped each end around the ring three times, keeping the wire tight and the wraps close together. Repeat this whole process with the other flower and ring.
fbt7
3. Open the ends of the ear wires and attach one to each jump ring.
Advertisements

2 thoughts on “Flower Chain Bracelet Tutorial

Leave a Comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s