I hope the projects in this chapter will inspire you to consider designing and fabricating matching accessories and wire art to complement your own jewelry pieces. Jewelry is highly personal and these projects, which include a key ring, handbag clip, and hair grip, provide great gift ideas for special birthdays and anniversaries.

Colorful Purses Clip Art

charm cascade clip

Cascading Bubbles Clip Art

Cascading down like bubbles in a waterfall, the beads are encased in spirals of wire to form a unified bunch that can be used to decorate a key ring, handbag, or belt clip, or suspended from a cord as a necklace. Match the color of the beads and cord to the color of your bag or belt. I used relatively small beads, to keep the design light and delicate. To encase larger beads, simply increase the amount of wire that you use.


Clip the charm cascade onto a belt, a handbag. or iTcn a cellphone cover as a colorful and trendy fashion accessor)-. You can make the 'cascade'as light or as full asyou wish.

You will need

10 x 6-8 mm round hematite (or black) beads

6 x 0.4mm silver round beads

20-gauge silver wire

Black cotton cord

Ready-made key-ring clip

Round- and flat-nose pliers

Wire cutters

Superglue (optional)

1 . Cut o 12 14-in. length of block cotton cord. Using the tips of your round-nose pliers, shape 20-gauge silver wire into a coil, just os you would when making jump rings (see page 16). Feed the end of the cord into the coil, making sure that the cord will fit inside the coil when doubled.

2.. Fold the cord about 2 in. from the end to form a loop. Thread the end of the cord through the link of the reody-made key-ring clip and back through the coil of wire. Using the tips of your flat-nose pliers, squeeze the lost ring of the coil on each side to secure the coil on the cord. (If you wish, you con put o tiny dob of superglue inside the coil for extra support.)

3. Cut about 6 m. of 20-gauge silver wire. Find the center of the wire, and twist it around the tips of your round-nose pliers to form a little circle.

0. Plcce o becd firmly against one of the spirals, and fold the opposite spiral over it to encose it.

4. Holding the wire tightly in your flat-nose pliers, curl one end to create an open spiral approximately the some size as the beads that you are going to encase. Spiral the other end of the wire in the same way, moking sure that each side curls in the opposite direction, like the letter "S."

(). Using your flot-nose pliers, pull the central loop of the spiral upright to make a suspension link, and spend a little time making sure that the wire sits tightly ond evenly around the bead. Use your fingers to mold the wire around each bead so that it is snugly encased.

/ . Once you have encased all the beads, moke six tight spirals threoded at the top with 0.4mm silver beads. Make 16 jump rings (see page 16).

8. Connect each spiral and encosed bead to o jump ring. Suspend the spirals and beads from the cord, placing a couple of silver spirals ot the top, middle, and base, and tying ond knotting the cord around each jump ring. When all the encased beads and spirals have been threaded onto the cord, tie o final knot at the end of the cord.

Jump Ring Pendant Pattern


This design could also he used as a key ring (lop), or contirtu ted with more cord to make ii necklace, bracelet, or anklet (bottom).


This key ring makes an ideal gift—rtriti it s ever so quick to make! Try making it with ¿afferent colors of beads and wire for different sets of door or car keys.

Celtic Beads For Jewelry Making

salmon key ring

This easy-to-make key ring incorporates a simple fish shape filled in with beads in pink, salmony colors. The Celts commonly used stylized animal patterns, known as zoomorphs. in their designs, believing that they would thus miraculously be endowed with the animal's characteristics, and the salmon was associated with knowledge. According to Irish Celtic mythology, a salmon ate the nine acorns that fell from the Tree of Knowledge into the River Boyne and gained all the knowledge in the world. A druid foretold that the first person to eat of its flesh would gain its magical powers and have knowledge of all things— and that person was none other than the legendary Celtic hero. Fionn mac Cumhail (Finn McCool).

You will need

20-gauge copper wire

28-gauge copper wire

Size 1' seed Deads in pinWsalmon colors

2mm glass crystals

1 x 4 mm copper bead

Key-ring finding

Round- and flat-nose pfoers

Wire cutters

Hammer and steel stake

Wire Bead Celtic Jewelry

4. As you opprooch the "head" of the fish, thread the 4rnm copper bead onto the wire to make the "eye" and secure the end of the wire around the frame. Cut off any excess wire and neaten the end (see page 1 7).

3. Make a jump ring from 20-gauge copper wire (see page 16), and suspend the salmon motif from a ready-made key-ring finding.

3. Cut approximately 10 in. of 28-gauge copper wire, and wrap it several times around the crossed-over wires ot the base of the spirals. Begin threading this fine wire with small seed beads, wropping the wire around the top and bottom of the frame to fill the void.

1 . To moke a salmon fish frame about ]3/* in. long, cut about 5 in. of 20-gauge copper wire. Using the tips of your round-nose pliers, find the center of the wire and bend each side up until the wires cross over, about 2 in. from the end. Using the tips of your round-nose pliers, cud a small loop ot the end of each wire.

. Holding the loop firmly in your flat-nose pliers, form an open spirol on each side curling outward, away from eoch other. Gently hammer the end of the spirals on a steel sioke, avoiding the crossed-over wires.


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