Duo spiral bracelet

You will need 20-gauge pink wire 20-gauge green wire Round- and flat-nose pliers Wire cutters

Earty man observed the beauty of nature's spirals, using them as a symbol of eternity, symbolizing life, death, and rebirth. Spirals can be found in the art of most earty civilizations, but it was the Celts who found a way of weaving two. three, four, or even more coils together.

These fun. colorful bracelets, made from two tones of wire, can also be made in gold and silver for a more reserved, classic effect. You could also make matching earrings by suspending one or two spiral units from ready-made earwires.

1 . Cut four 5-in. lengths of 20-gauge green wire and three of pink. Using your flat-nose pliers, curl a circle at one end and begin to form a tight spiral around it, holding the circle firmly in the |aws of the pliers.

OPPOSITE

Both of these Duo Spiral Bracelets are made from two tones of colored wire— purple with dark blue, and pink with pale green. Experiment with your favorite color combinations.

2!. Continue spiroling the wire until you are obout 2 in. from the end.

Using your round-nose pliers, curl o small loop at the end of the wire, curling it inward.

4\ Place the tips of your round-nose pliers in the center of the wire, and push the spiral and loop in toward each other.

O. Holding the loop of wire firmly in your flat-nose pliers, form a tight spiral, spiraling it inward until it sits just below the larger spiral.

f). To moke the clasp, cut another 5-in. length of 20-gauge pink wire. Spiral both ends in toward each other, leaving approximately I in. of unspiraled wire in the center.

/ . Place the tips of your round-nose pliers in the center of the unspiraled wire, and push the spirals together with your fingers until they overlap. Gently press the spirals together, so thot they sit on top of each other.

BELOW

The end clasp on flic I hio Spiral Bracelet chain is a very effective and decorative way ojfastening a bracelet.

(S. Moke eight lorge jump rings from green wire (see page 16), and connect the spiral units together as shown, alternating the colors.

9. Attach the clasp to one end of the brocelet.

10. Loosen the lost coil of the lost pink spiral. Hook it over the clasp to close the bracelet.

(S. Moke eight lorge jump rings from green wire (see page 16), and connect the spiral units together as shown, alternating the colors.

10. Loosen the lost coil of the lost pink spiral. Hook it over the clasp to close the bracelet.

9. Attach the clasp to one end of the brocelet.

wavy chain

This chain unit lias been one of my favorites for many years. Here have given it a Celtic twist by extending the ends of the curved units into spirals.

Scotland and Ireland were the heartlands of Celtic civilization, and the coastal areas of these two countries have some of the most dramatic scenery. This design is intended to evoke the waves hitting the cliffs, with the blue-green wire representing the waves and the silver wire representing the hard granite of the rocks.

You wi'l need

20-gauge silver wire

20-gauge green wire

24 gauge silver wire

40 x 5 mm s>tver beads

Round- and Hat-nose pliers

Wire cutters

Cylindrical dowel 1 in. in diameter

1 . Cut ten 3-in. lengths of 20-gauge silver wire and ten of green. Find the center of each piece, and bend it around a cylindrical dowel to curve it into a shallow "U" shape.

2. Using the tips of your round-nose pliers, curl one end of each unit into a small circle. Thread two 5mm silver beads onto the other end of the wire.

OPPOSITE

This highly decorative chain necklace is made using two contrasting colon» of wire, with pearly silver heads adding fullness to the piece. Try making the chain with smaller spirals and without beads:you'll l>e amazed at how different it can look!

Curved Wire Threader EarringsCulture Celtique

Curl another small circle on fhe other side of the curved wire.

Curl another small circle on fhe other side of the curved wire.

Cut 21 /-in. pieces of 24-gouge silver wire. Using the tips of your round-nose pliers, form a circle at each end of each piece, curling them in opposite directions to make a figure eight.

OPPOSITE

This silver wire and gold bead version of the Wavy Chain would look shinning for a formal occasion. Alternatively, a combination of gold wire iimi pearls would Ik ¡he perfect complement for a bridal dress.

/ . Repeat Step 6 until you hove linked all the units together and formed o chain, alternating the colors as shown.

K Form a small, tight spirol (sec page 15) at each end of the wire, curling the wires inward, until you ore left with about 1 in. of unspiraled wire, with the two beads at the center.

b. To complete, moke a fish-hook clasp and eye (see pages 18 and 20).

("). To join the units together, open one side of a figure eight piece and attach it to one of the green curved units, between the two beads. Attach the other side of the figure eight piece to a silver unit in the some way, making sure that both curves face inward.

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