Rings Around Your Wrist: Airy Jump Ring Cuff Bracelet by Eva Sherman

Create a cuff bracelet with jump rings, wire, tube sets and stones

By Eva Sherman

Jump rings make this cuff bracelet. By emphasizing positive and negative space as a design element, they give the cuff an airy beauty. They also minimize the amount of metal needed, making the bracelet comfortably lightweight and economical to produce. You can even make your own jump rings to make it even more economical. As a bonus, soldering all those jump rings closed and then to each other will improve your soldering technique.

Rings Around Your Wrist: Airy Jump Ring Cuff Bracelet by Eva Sherman

Rings Around Your Wrist: Airy Jump Ring Cuff Bracelet by Eva Sherman

Skills

Soldering

Materials:

  • 14 gauge sterling silver jump rings of varying sizes, in this sample:
  • 3 11.5mm ID rings
  • 7 7.5mm ID rings
  • 9 5.5mm ID rings
  • 34 3.5mm ID rings (Hintmake a few extra in case of melting)
  • 14 gauge sterling silver wire x 8″
  • 6 6mm tube bezels
  • 6 6mm faceted stones

Tools:

Hand

Chain-nose pliers, round-nose pliers, jumbo bail pliers, oval steel mandrel, rawhide or plastic mallet, fine steel wool

Soldering

Medium and easy solder, flux and brush, fine tweezers, solder pick, cross locking tweezers, butane micro torch, butane, solder board, cookie sheet, crock pot, pickle, copper tongs, soft bristle brass brush

Equipment

Rolling mill

Optional

Tumbler and burnishing compound

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EVA SHERMAN began beading as a way to spend time with her daughters but soon became hopelessly addicted. In 2005, she traded in her architectural career for the opportunity to spend all her time among beads and opened Grand River Bead Studio in Cleveland, Ohio. Eva now happily spends most days in the studio creating, writing, and teaching, but has been known to take her show on the road. She has discovered an affinity for working with wire and metals, and prefers to design in an organic and unstructured style. Eva has authored two books on jewelry design, Organic Wire & Metal Jewelry and Cool Copper Cuffs. Find more at www.grandriverbeads.com.


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