Twisted torque bangle

You will need Six cotors ot 20-gauge wire 4 x 5mm round siiver beads Masking tape

Round- and flat-nose pliers

Wire cutters

Vise and hand drul

Cylindrical dowels or mandrels. 'A in. and 2 in in diameter

The most beautiful torque bracelets and neck rings have been recovered from Celtic burial sites. The torque was a badge of rank and power, and classical writers have reported that Queen Boadicea wore a golden neck ring and bangles when she went into battle against the Romans. This technique can be used to make a variety of choker collars, as well as bangles, and beads can be introduced to plug the ends of the wire.

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The bracelet ami choker neck-ring torque look fun aiul \azzy made in these bright colored wires. For a more classic, elegant look. list' a combination of gold and silver wires.

Celtic Golden TorqueNeck Rings Culture

I . Cut six 14-in. lengths of 20-gouge colored wire, one in eoch color, tope the ends with masking tope, and twist together (see page I 7). Remove the wires from the drill and vise. Wrop the twisted wires loosely around a cylindrical dowel mandrel 2 in. in diameter, ond form into a circle.

£. Remove the mosking tape from the ends of the twisted wires. Place the small dowel or mandrel about 2 in. from one end and curl the twisted wires around it to form a loop. Repeat at the other end of the bangle, coiling this loop in the opposite direction to the first one.

Celtic Torque Bangle

• l\ Form the remaining wire in front of the loop inlo a tight spiral (see page 15), ond press it flat against the wires thot you wrapped around the bongle in the previous step to hide them.

Thot Cuts Tapes

. Unravel the ends of the twisted wires on both sides up to the point at which the loop begins. Push three wires behind the loop on each side, and three in front of it. Wrap two of the wires in front of the loop around the bangle several times, cut off any excess, and neoten the ends (see page 1 7).

• l\ Form the remaining wire in front of the loop inlo a tight spiral (see page 15), ond press it flat against the wires thot you wrapped around the bongle in the previous step to hide them.

0. Form one of the remaining wires on each side into a spiral (see page 15). Thread one silver bead onto the two remaining wires on each side, and spiral the ends (see page 15).

(). Adjust the positions of the spirals and beads with your fingers, so thot they can be seen through the loops.

Celtic Wire Jewelry

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  • robert
    How to make wire neck ring (torque)?
    8 years ago
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    How to make a celtic torque necklace with wire?
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