Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Tutorial Tuesday Urban Bracelet






In keeping with the urban setting of this month's Art Bead Scene Challenge Painting, I have 
designed a this century city style bracelet for my tutorial using blackened copper ball chain and one of my art bead toggle clasps. This is a 3 strand double wrap bracelet that is simple to construct and fun and fashionable to wear.

Urban Chic Double Wrap Ball Chain Bracelet by Mary Harding

Supplies

1 toggle clasp 1 1/8 inch diameter
42 inches ( approximately) copper ball chain--2.4mm bead
6  2.4mm bead ball chain connectors
3 balled end head pins  20 gauge annealed copper wire 7 inches long or substitute copper end pins
3  size  5 mm jump rings
3  size  7 mm jump rings
1  size  9 mm jump ring
Liver of Sulfur patina
Acrylic Fixative Spray

Tools

Round Nose Pliers
Chain Nose Pliers ( 2 pairs for closing jump rings)
Flush Cutters
Flat needle file
Butane torch if you are making your balled end head pins Use 8 inch pieces of 20 gauge wire and anneal them for easier wire wrapping

Directions

These directions are based on  a 6 1/2 inch wrist.  You may need to adjust the measurement of the ball chain.  Bracelet is designed for a snug fit on your wrist. To figure how much chain to cut for your wrist, use a tape measure and wrap it tightly around your wrist.  Double that measurement.  You should come very close to a good fit with this method.

1. Cut the ball chain into 3 pieces  13  inches long.  Make one of the pieces 2 beads shorter than the other two.   I suggest you make all 3 pieces of chain a little longer than they will need to be to go around your wrist twice.  Then you can adjust later.

2. Add the copper ball chain connectors to both ends of all three pieces of chain.


3.  Make a small wire wrapped loop for 1 end of each of the chain as follows:
Insert the the non balled end of the head pin into the hole at the top of the ball chain connector and align it so that the smooth side faces out.


Then make a wrapped loop and continue wrapping the length of the connector as seen in picture below

When you have finished your wire wrapping flush cut the wire on the back side of your wrap. File the edge smooth.  
                         Back side of the wire wrapped connector

When you have finished wrapping all three  connectors, add the  7 mm size jump rings to the wire wrapped loops and  5mm size jump rings to the connectors that don't have wrapped loops

                                          7 mm jump ring added to the wrap loop





                  adding 5 mm jump ring to connector bead through hole on end of link

 
                            5mm jump ring connected to the connector bead


  Then put all 3 pieces of chain  into a liver of sulfur solution ( be sure to use in a well ventilated area,  wear eye protection and rubber gloves)  and wait until they turn completely black. Rinse with cold water.   Dry thoroughly with a hair dryer before continuing.

Bracelet Assembly
1.  Attach the three wrapped loop chains  to the three holes in the toggle clasp.


2. Lay out your chain, making sure that each strand is straight and attach the three jump rings on the other end to the loop in the toggle bar.




3.  Put on your bracelet by wrapping the chains 2 times around your wrist and closing the toggle clasp with the toggle bar.  If your bracelet is too big you can easily cut off the extra lengths with a pair of scissors or your flush cutters.  Remember to make the middle chain about 2 beads longer than the other 2 chains.

If you want to protect your patina lightly spray the chains  with  the Krylon Acrylic fixative spray.

Enjoy your new urban chic bracelet!!!

Sources:
3 hole Toggle Clasp   MaryHardingJewelry
Copper Ball Chain 2.4mm bead  Rio Grande
Copper Ball Chain 2.4mm bead connectors Rio Grande
Jump rings   Ornamentea
Balled end head pins MaryHardingJewelry
Krylon Acrylic Fixative Spray   Michaels and other art supply stores
Liver of Sulfur Patina   Etsy 

10 comments:

Claire Lockwood said...

Fabulous bracelet! And I love how you finished the ends of the ball chain!

Deb Fortin said...

great idea to wrap the ball chain connectors like that. It makes a very urban chic design. ball chain has never been a favourite of mine due to it's overuse as a key chain in my youth. but this takes ball chain to a whole new concept for me., love the clasp too.

Stories They Tell said...

Wow, Mary, your creativity continues to amaze and delight me! Such a clever way to conceal those dorky ball chain ends. I will definitely be using that trick again! A very trendy and smart bracelet and I will certainly be making one for myself. I also love that silver and copper clasp and how you hammered the copper before applying the silver for extra texture.

Stories They Tell said...

Wow, Mary, your creativity continues to amaze and delight me! Such a clever way to conceal those dorky ball chain ends. I will definitely be using that trick again! A very trendy and smart bracelet and I will certainly be making one for myself. I also love that silver and copper clasp and how you hammered the copper before applying the silver for extra texture.

Patti Vanderbloemen said...

Oh yes....love the wire wrapping on the ends Mary! Your toggle is fabulous, too! Thanks for sharing!

Ann Schroeder said...

Thanks for this great tutorial! I also love the way you finished the ends! Your toggle and the whole bracelet is beautiful.

Rebecca said...

Gorgeous bracelet! I adore the clAsp. But almost more importantly, what a great tutorial. So clear!

Kathy Lindemer said...

Great bracelet and tutorial! Thank you!

Nan Smith said...

Wow! What a gorgeous bracelet, Mary.
Your toggle clasp is perfection and the tutorial so easy to follow. Love your technique for wrapping the ball chain connector end....ingenuous!

Jean said...

this one is so super cool! thanks for sharing! jean