Forged Diameter Curve Link Bracelet

A Jewelry Design 1 Project

Forming – Forging – Assembly

Create this elegant bracelet while mastering the art of forming precise diameter curves!  By using 14ga wire to form these links, we are able to forge a paddle at the end that allows for a hole to be punched that is large enough to allow the use of 16ga jump rings to assemble.  I will share my tips and tricks to form these links with great precision so when you assemble them opposite each other they form a sleek ellipse shape.  This class offers measuring charts to make this bracelet, but when you pair this project with the reference from Jewelry Design 1, you can create these links in a wide array of sizes and utilize them for many fun projects!

 Where?

Desert Jewel Studio, 26839 N 44th St, Cave Creek, AZ 85331. You will receive directions upon registering for class.

When?

This class is not on the schedule at this time.  If you are interested in taking it, e-mail jen@jewelryclasseswithjen.com with your interest and availability.

How do I sign up?

Class will be $50/person. E-mail jen@jewelryclasseswithjen.com or call Jen at (480)635-2402 to register any time from noon to 10pm.

What will I need to bring to class?

Kit available for sale in class ($20)

  • 14″ length of 14ga dead soft sterling silver wire
  • (1) 13mm teardrop lobster clasp
  • (7) 5/32″ ID 16ga sterling silver jump rings
  • (1) 4/32″ ID 16ga sterling silver jump rings
  • (1) 6/32″ ID 16ga sterling silver jump rings -soldered

Tools:

  • Flush cutter – heavy duty
  • File(s) – needle files are fine for this project
  • Wrap n’ tap pliers (Beadsmith # PL46 or Eurotool equivalent – 13mm,16mm,20mm steps)
  • Bail-making pliers (Beadsmith #PL42)
  • Embossing hammer
  • steel block and silencing pad
  • Chain-nose pliers
  • Flat pliers
  • Sharpie marker (ultra fine tip)
  • 1.5mm hole punch
  • pin vise fitted with: cup bur for 14ga wire (2.3mm); and a 2.5 mm round bur
  • silicone lubricant
  • 3M sanding sponges/ slurry coated polishing cloths
  • Magnifying glasses– most people don’t think they need them until they are faced with seeing the detail of jewelry close-up.
  • Covered water or other refreshing beverage
  • Snacks are always welcome as well. 🙂

The majority of the above items are available locally at C&D SilverSJ Jewelry SupplyLonnie’s Jewelry Supply or other on-line jewelry supply sources. If you have any difficulty or questions about obtaining any of these items, please contact Jen to inquire about your options.