ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

Hi there and welcome to a new episode of Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV (ECT TV)!

Today you’ll learn how to make this pretty bracelet.  I show you how to make a wire wrapped bead, how to make coiled cord ends and open and close jump rings.

Here’s today’s video episode:

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

These are the exact step-by-step photo instructions of the exact tutorial in the video.

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

Tools and Materials:

  • Focal bead (your choice)
  • Silk ribbon (I used silk ribbon and silk fairy ribbon from Happy Mango beads)
  • 20 gauge, half-hard, round wire, any metal
  • 22 gauge, half-hard, round wire, any metal
  • Clasp ( I used this toggle clasp)
  • 7mm jump rings
  • Scissors
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

Cut a piece of wire that’s the length of your focal bead plus 3 inches.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

Hold the wire about 1 1/2″ from the top in round nose pliers.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

Wrap the wire around one barrel of the pliers to form a loop.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

Now we need to straighten the loop.  This is the way I do it.  Hold the loop in chain nose pliers. Then wrap the short end around the longer end of the wire while pulling out the long end straight.

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

Wrap around two more times.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

Trim off the excess wire making a flush cut.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

Make sure the end is not poking out.

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

Slide your focal bead onto the wire.

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

Hold the wire 1/4″ above the bead.

Step #10

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

Wrap the wire around one barrel of the round nose pliers forming a loop.

Step #11

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

Straighten the loop by wrapping the wire around once while pulling the bead out straight.

Step #12

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

Wrap around two additional times, trim off the excess wire making a flush cut and make sure the end is not poking out.

Step #13

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

Open a jump ring and attach the circle part of the toggle clasp.

Now you can measure that portion of the bracelet and figure out how long to make the ribbon section of the bracelet.

Step #14

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

Cut about 5 inches of 22 gauge wire.

Step #15

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

Don’t cut the ribbon yet. Thread a jump ring onto the end of the ribbon. I used both regular silk ribbon and fairy ribbon, so 2 ribbons.

Step #16

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

Fold about an inch of ribbon over.

Step #17

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

Wrap around the ribbon with the 22 gauge wire. Wrap around a few times pulling tightly.

Step #18

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

Trim off the excess wire and make sure the ends of the wire aren’t poking out.

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

Measure the ribbon, add an extra inch or so and then cut the ribbon.  Repeat Steps #14 – 17 for the other side.

Step #19

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

Trim off the excess ribbon.

Step #20

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

Attach one end of the ribbon to one side of the wire wrapped bead link using a jump ring.  Add the other side of the toggle clasp to the other side of the ribbon.

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead


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