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Beaded Byzantine Bracelet Tutorial

The beaded Byzantine bracelet is is project from my second upcoming book, Chain and Bead Jewelry Creative Connections. Replacing the tapered round-nose pliers for the constant 3.1mm diameter of the new mandrel-tip pliers to bend the 19-gauge headpin wire into a double-loop to encase the gemstone bead. The handtools needed for this project are two flat-nose pliers, mandrel-tip pliers (3.1/3.9), and side-cutters. The material needed are seventeen 6mm beads, seventeen 19-gauge gold headpins at 1&1/2-inch lengths, one hundred and seventy-two 19-gauge:3.1mm ID gold jump rings, two 15-gauge:5mm ID gold catchrings, and a gold s-clasp.

1. Grip the 19-gauge gold headpin tip with the mandrel-tip pliers and wrap a double-loop around the 3.1mm jaw. You will need to stop before the wire bends over the next 3.9mm mandrel, release your pliers pressure and allow the formed loops to rotate back to the beginning position. Then regrip the loops and continue bending the wire till you have two full loops.

2. Use the side-cutters to trim off any excess wire past the two full loops at a 45-degree angle.

3. Repeat to all seventeen headpins to set all beads.

4. Add eight 19-gauge:3.1mm jump rings, assembled two-on-two (seen in copper), onto the double-loop.

5. Repeat to all seventeen bead settings.

6. Fold back and angle open both Byzantine chain knot formations, revealing the rectangular opening within the four-ring knot formation, held open with a paperclip.

7. Connect the folded-back knot formations from two chain sections with a pair of 19-gauge:3.1mm jump rings (shown in copper). Add a 15-gauge:5mm ring to one end to create a beginning point, so that you add all the preceding bead setting so the headpin angles the same.


Please note that this tutorial is an abbreviated version of a project to be published in my upcoming second book, Chain and Bead Jewelry Creative Connections, and is not intended to be a substitute for the information in this book, but merely an illustration of how the new mandrel-tip pliers can be used in new and unique ways.
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