Friday, December 7, 2018

Glowing Red and Gold Christmas Tree Cuff

Add some Christmas cheer to your holiday outfits with this glowing red, gold and silver cuff. Would you believe me if I told you it is made on memory wire? 
Red and Gold Christmas Tree memory wire cuff
Finished size: Internal diameter 2 11/16” (67mm)
Memory wire is such an under utilised stringing material. It's a great place for beginner jewellery-makers to start, but there's so much more that you can do with it when you get creative, making it an ideal stringing material for advanced jewellery-makers too! This Christmas cuff shows how it can be used to create sculptural pieces that will belie it's humble status as a beginner's stringing material. But the clever thing is, it uses just one technique: hot to turn loops. Read on to see how to make it.

Here's what you'll need:

3 50mm silver eye pins

Tools: Memory Wire shears, Flush cutters, Chain nose pliers, Round nose pliers

Cut two 2” lengths of wire.  Create a loop on one end of each wire.  String on a red bicone and a curved tube, making sure that the eye of the pin is sideways to the tube.  String a second red bicone and turn another loop in the same direction.
Eye pin strung with twisted silver tube and red bicone.

String a Christmas tree and a star on each eye pin and turn a loop.

Cut two coils measuring 1¼ rings from the memory wire using the memory wire shears.  Turn an outward facing loop at one end of each coil using the round nose pliers.
Turning a loop on the memory wire with round nose pliers.

With the loops of the two coils together string on a red rondelle.

Separate the wires and string two curved tubes and 3 glass pearls on each one.

String on a Christmas tree component upside down.
Pearl beads and Christmas tree bead strung on memory wire

On the top coil, string six glass pearls.  On the bottom row, string two glass pearls.

Double memory wire coils strung with pearl beads and a Christmas Tree

String a curved tube component with the outside of the curve facing towards the center of the bracelet.

On the top coil, string two glass pearls and on the bottom coil, string six pearls.
Two coils of memory wire strung with a hollow tube component and glass pearls.

String a Christmas tree right way up.

On the top coil string two glass pearls and on the bottom coil string six glass pearls.

String the second curved tube component with the outside curve facing towards the centre of the bracelet.
Stringing a hollow tube component between the memory wire coils.

On the top coil, string six pearls and the bottom loop of the third Christmas tree.  On the bottom coil, string two pearls and the top loop of the Christmas tree.
Upside down Christmas tree bead strung between two memory wire coils.

String three pearls and two curved tubes on to each wire and then bring them back together.  String on a red rondelle.
Adding glass pearls after the Christmas Tree bead to finish the stringing pattern

Push all the beads along the wire so that there are no gaps between them.  Trim the wire using memory wire shears to 3/8” (10mm).  Turn a loop on each wire.
Using memory wire shears to trim the memory wire

Techniques used in this project:
Turning loops on memory wire
Turning simple loops

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Glowing Christmas Tree bracelet Inspiration Sheet

'Til next time....

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