By : Stella Wardale
I am an avid beachcomber and love the different colors and shapes of sea washed pebbles, shells and smooth glass fragments. I live in North Yorkshire and all the stones and shells are collected from the beaches along the coastline between Robin Hood’s Bay, Whitby and Sands End- one of my favorite British coastlines.
As each shell, pebble and bracelet will be different, it’s impossible to give exact quantities for the wire you will use.
Begin by making your s-links. Cut an 8cm length of 1.25mm wire. Form small loops at each end, each facing in the opposite direction. Use your round nose pliers to form larger loops at each end and form your s-shape. If required, you can hammer your wire to harden it and add texture. Make as many s-links as you will need for your wrist size.
Wind a length of your 1.25 wire around the 7mm mandrel of your jump ring maker.
Remove the coil from your mandrel and use your wire cutters to cut it into individual jump rings.
Make a wrapped loop at one end of a 15cm length of 0.5mm wire.
Wrap the remainder of the wire around your shell or pebble, adding seed beads if required, until it is secured. You can take the wire through holes and across itself to ensure it is secure. Once safely held, bring your wire up to the wraps on your loop and wrap around to secure. Trim your wire and then you can ‘tweak’ it with your pliers to ensure it holds tight.
Linking your s-hooks with 2 jump rings, and then hanging your wrapped pieces from the larger loops, finishes the bracelet.
As you’re wrapping your shell or pebble, you can also wrap a very fine wire around the thicker wire to add more decoration.