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Beaded Rosary Byzantine Bracelet Tutorial

The beaded Rosary bracelet is an adaptation from my first book's 16-inch Rosary necklace (pages 62-67). Replacing the tapered round-nose pliers for the constant 3.5mm diameter of the new mandrel-tip pliers to bend the 18-gauge wire into double-loops to encase the gemstone bead on an s-curving wire. The handtools needed for this project are two flat-nose pliers, mandrel-tip pliers (3.5/4.5), and side-cutters. The material needed are four 6mm beads, four 18-gauge bronze wire at 3-inch lengths, one hundred and fourteen 18-gauge:3.5mm ID bronze jump rings, three 14-gauge:5.5mm ID bronze catchrings, and a bronze s-clasp.


1. Grip the end of the 18-gauge bronze wire with the mandrel-tip pliers and bend the wire around the 3.5mm mandrel. You will need to stop before the wire bends over the next 4.5mm 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. Add one 6mm bead, as seen in red carnelian.


3. Grip the opposite wire end and bend an opposite spiraling double loop to encase the bead.

4. Trim off any excess wire past two full loops.


5. Add eight 18g:3.5mm jump rings (shown in copper), assembled two-on-two onto each double loop.

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. Add four 18g:3.5mm jump rings (shown in copper), two rings through each knot formation's opening.

8. Add eight 18g:3.5mm jump rings (shown in copper), assembled two-on-two onto the previously added pairs in step 7, to continue the Byzantine chain pattern.

9. Repeat steps 1-8 three more times to create four lengths of chain, each with a wire-wrapped bead center.


10. 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.

 


11. Connect the folded-back knot formations from two chain sections with a pair of 18:3.5mm jump rings (shown in copper).

12. The outside ends of Byzantine chain will need to be lengthened to match all five chain segments.

13. Add the s-clasp and catchrings, size to your wrist.

 


Please note that this tutorial is an abbreviated version of a project published in my first book, Handcrafting Chain and Bead Jewelry, 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 for past beaded chain designs. thank you, sdp.
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