Pebble and shell charm bracelet

Although no charm bracelets dating back to the Celtic era survive. I am sure that shells and natural objects would have been made into necklaces and bracelets, as the Celts were very fond of decorating and adorning themselves for ceremonial rituals. This bracelet demonstrates how you can attach un-drilled. semiprecious stones or small pebbles to a chain to create a highly individual bracelet.

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The gold wire enhances the warm tones of the semiprecious stone "pehhles" and shells, l or a "cooler"effect, in- usirtg light blue and gray s tones mid silver wire.

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24- arxJ 20-gague gold-plated me

6-in. reacy-marie gold-plated chain

14 x semiprecious "pebbles" and 13 predr^led shells

Round- and fiat-nose pliers

Wire cutlers

1 . Place your round-nosed pliers I in. from the end of a spool of 24-gauge gold-plated wire. Wrap the wire oround the shaft of the pliers to form a loop, then wrap the short end of the wire several times around the wire from the spool, just as when making the eye of a fostener. Cut off any excess and neaten (see page 1 7).

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w. Hold the loop against the top of the pebble thot you want to encase and pull the rest of the wire down the length of the pebble and back up to the top.

w. Hold the loop against the top of the pebble thot you want to encase and pull the rest of the wire down the length of the pebble and back up to the top.

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For an unusual vtiriarion on the basic design, suspend feathers, shells, and shell buttons from braided raitail ribbon. Seed pods and glass beads can also look very effective!

. Wrap the wire two or three times around the pebble as tightly as you con, bringing it back to the top loop to finish. Wrop the end of the wire around the stem, just under the top loop, to secure and cut it off the spool with your wire cutters. Neaten the end (see page 1 7).

3. Make 27 jump rings and a fish-hook clasp and eye from 20-gouge gold-plated wire (see pages 16, 18, and 20). Attach the clasp and eye to the ends of the bracelet. Suspend the pebbles and shells from the chain, using the jump rings.

4. Cut about 1 in. of 24-gauge gold-plated wire, and thread it through a pre-drilled shell. Form a head pin at one end and a link at the other (see pages 13 and 14).

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  • stefan
    How to wrap wire around shells for jewlery?
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