Looped knotwork bracelet

You will need 8 x 6 mm round blue beads 8 x size 8 while seed beads 20-gauge silver wire Round- and flat-nose olteis V. -in. round dowel or mandrel Hammer and steel stake Wire cutters

Celtic warriors dyed their bodies with a substance called woad (a blue wood dye), drawing swirling patterns, much like tattoos, all over their skin to make them look fierce in battle. This bracelet was inspired by both the blue dye and those swirling patterns.

OPPOSITE

This is «1 simple.yet effective chain-unit design that can he created with, or without, In-ads. You could also iiy making it using two different tones of wire.

1 . Cut eight 5-in. lengths of 20-gouge wire. Ploce your dowel or mandrel about 2 in. along the wire, and curl the wire around it to form a complete circle. (If you haven't got o mandrel, o round-barreled pen about '// in. in diameter will do.)

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2. Place the mandrel just next to this circle of wire and curl the wire around it in the opposite direction, to form a second circle next to the first.

). Using your fingers, push the two circles together so that they overlap in the confer and pull the extending wires up, bringing them carefully together.

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Use ¡he knotuvrk unit to mufcf a matching set of earrings, necklace, and bracelet.

'I*. Using your fingers, wrap the shorter end of wire around the longer end. Cut off any excess and neaten the ends (see page 1 7).

0. Gently hammer and flatten the outer frame on a steel stake, being careful not to tap across any wires that overlop each other, os this will weaken them. Repeat Steps 1 through 5 to make a total of eight looped units.

. Thread one blue bead and one white seed bead onto the extending wire.

7. Using your round-nose pliers, form a link of the top of each unit (see page 13) ot right angles to the flattened "knot."

Open up the link, hook the flattened wires of the "knot" of another unit over it, and then close the link with your flat-nose pliers. Connect seven units together in this way to moke a chain.

7. Using your round-nose pliers, form a link of the top of each unit (see page 13) ot right angles to the flattened "knot."

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Here, if ic necklace unit has been made on a larger scale, wil/i a spiral wire terminal added below the suspended bead for extra ornamentation.

9. On the eighth unit, bend the wire above the bead to form o loop, leaving about X in. of wire extending.

1U . Wrap the extending wire around the stem. Cut off any excess wire and neaten the end (see page 1 7). Make a fish-hook clasp for the other end of the bracelet (see page i 8).

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