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Video:How to Make a Coil Bracelet

with Heidi Dehncke

Coil Bracelets are a fun and easy jewelry design. Learn how to make your own coil bracelet.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make a Coil Bracelet

Hi. I'm Jeanette Caines, at Jewelry Arts Institute and I'm here for About.com. We're going to make this double- ended bangle bracelet out of Sterling Silver. I've got Valerie Bloom here, my apprentice; she's here to learn along with you.

Tools Needed to Make a Coil Bracelet

  • 3 millimeter Sterling half round wire
  • Leather mallet
  • File
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Bracelet mandrel

File and Shape the Coil Bracelet to Fit You

The first thing I'm going to do is use my file to soften the edges. I usually just lean it up against the bench. When you want to file you want to let the file do the work for you. After I've filed it I'm just going to use a piece of sandpaper. This happens to be micron graded sand paper. But the 400 sandpaper that you can get at any hardware store works just as well. You just want to make sure it's nice and smooth to the touch.

Now that I have both ends nice and soft and rounded, I'm going to have Valerie hammer it around my bracelet mandrel and get the right shape. Basically, each person is going to need to shape it individually to them.

Clean and Polish the Coil Bracelet

Part way through the hammering process you'll start to notice that the metal gets springier and springier and sort of fights back against you. That just means we need to stop and anneal. With Sterling Silver you'll notice that it's going to oxidize when you anneal. Which means it's just sort of going to get this dark skin on it. What we need to do is pickle it for 3 to 5 minutes until it's nice and clean.

I pretty much have it to fit now. I was just giving it a last couple of whacks to make sure that the ends curved in really nice. Then I put mine in the tumbler to give it a polish, but you could use Triple E or Rouge or sandpaper if you prefer really more just like a mat finish.

And the only thing left to do is wear it. Make this quick and simple bracelet and wait and see how impressed your friends are and how many requests you get for ones of their own. Thanks for watching. To learn more, join us at the web at About.com.
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