Leaf & Vine Filigree Wire Bracelet (Tutorial)

by Rena Klingenberg.

Leaf & Vine Filigree Wire Bracelet Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Leaf & Vine Filigree Wire Bracelet Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

This adjustable filigree wire bracelet is made entirely from Artistic wire (a type of craft wire) – plus a leaf-shaped bead.

You could also use a bead that’s shaped like a flower or petal.

Leaf & Vine Filigree Wire Bracelet Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Here’s a view of the back of this bracelet:

Back view of Leaf & Vine Filigree Wire Bracelet Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

This bracelet is super-cheap to make, and much easier than it looks!

And when you’re finished, you can hop over to my Leaf & Vine Wire Earrings Tutorial to make a pair of earrings to match your bracelet:

Leaf and Vine Wire Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Supplies:

  • 18 gauge Artistic wire (or other craft wire) for the frame of the bracelet; I used “Gunmetal” color.

    To figure how long your wire should be, use this formula:

    Measure your wrist and add 3 inches. Multiply that number by 2. Then add another 2 inches.

    So for a 7″ wrist: 7 + 3 = 10. Then 10 x 2 = 20. Finally, 20 + 2 = 22.

    For a 7″ wrist you’ll need 22″ of wire for your bracelet frame.

    This makes an adjustable bangle you can slide on over your hand, and will have a finished circumference of your wrist measurement + 2 inches.

    18 gauge and 20 gauge Artistic wire I used in this tutorial

  • 20 gauge Artistic wire (or other craft wire) for the “filigree” layer; again, I used “Gunmetal” color.
    I didn’t measure and cut this wire – I left it attached to the spool as I worked and only cut it off when I finished the filigree layer.
  • 3.5″ of 20 gauge Artistic wire (or other craft wire) for the bead headpin; again, I used “Gunmetal” color.
    You could also substitute a pre-made headpin for this.
  • A leaf-shaped bead. You could also use a flower-shaped or petal-shaped bead.
    Mine is Czech glass.
    Czech glass leaf bead
  • Wire cutter.
  • Round nose pliers.
  • Flat nose pliers.
  • Chain nose pliers.
  • Cup bur or jewelry file for smoothing and rounding the ends of your wire.
  • Sharpie marker.
  • Bracelet mandrel (or baseball bat, PVC pipe, can of food, or any other object that’s about the size of your wrist + 2 inches).

How to Make the
Leaf & Vine Filigree Wire Bracelet

Cut your 18-gauge piece of wire for your bracelet frame.

Smooth and round your wire ends with a cup bur or jewelry file.

Use your Sharpie marker to make a mark that’s your wrist measurement + 3 inches from one end of the wire (so for a 7″ wrist, that would be 10″ from one end of your wire):

Marking wire for Leaf and Vine Filigree Wire Bracelet Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Using the tips of your round nose pliers, grasp your wire on the Sharpie mark you just made.

Fold the wire in half:

Folding wire for Leaf and Vine Filigree Wire Bracelet Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

We’re not going to worry about making the wires super-straight and smooth.

We’re going for an organic vine look, so it’s OK if your wires stay wavy throughout this project.

Now your wire should look like this (it resembles a giant’s bobby-pin!) – with one end 2″ longer than the other:

Bracelet frame for Leaf and Vine Filigree Wire Bracelet Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now use your Sharpie to make 2 marks:

One mark that’s 1″ from the end of the shorter end of your wire.

One mark that’s 3″ from the end of the longer end of your wire.

These two marks should wind up being right beside each other:

Marking wire

Now get out your 20 gauge wire.

We’ll work with it directly from the spool, without cutting the wire until we’re completely finished with it.

Lay the end of your 20 gauge wire across your folded 18 gauge wire, about 1″ from the folded end.

Leave a tail of 20 gauge wire that’s about 3 inches long.

Use your flat nose pliers to grip both wires and hold the 20 gauge wire in place:

Leaf & Vine Filigree Wire Bracelet Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now wrap the tail of your 20 gauge wire around your folded 18 gauge wire about 3 times, wrapping toward the folded end:

Leaf & Vine Filigree Wire Bracelet Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Use your flat nose pliers to gently squeeze down on the wire-wraps you just made, so they’ll stay securely in place.

Now your wires should look something like this:

Leaf & Vine Filigree Wire Bracelet Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Use your round nose pliers to make a nice little loop in the leftover tail of your wire:

Leaf & Vine Filigree Wire Bracelet Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now we’ll use our 20 gauge wire to make random wraps and loops around our 18-gauge folded wire frame.

Think of your 20 gauge wire as creating a filigree “vine” with tendrils, growing organically around your bracelet frame.

There’s no planned pattern – just Nature taking over.

Here’s the first few inches of my vine:
Leaf & Vine Filigree Wire Bracelet Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

To make the tendril loops:

You can use your round nose pliers for these loops.

But I just used my fingers to form the loops. Here’s how to do that:

First, put one of your index fingertips on the bottom side of your 20 gauge wire.

Then place your other index fingertip on top of the wire – so you’re making a sandwich with the wire between your fingertips.

The rest of the fingers on your top hand are holding onto the long tail of your 20 gauge wire.

Now hold your bottom fingertip still, and pressing your fingertips together, rotate your top fingertip either clockwise or counter-clockwise – making a loop in the wire where it’s sandwiched between your fingertips.

Your finished loop should look something like this:

Leaf & Vine Filigree Wire Bracelet Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

You can even make 2 or 3 “finger loops” in a row:
Leaf & Vine Filigree Wire Bracelet Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

And of course, we’re emulating Nature here, so our loops don’t need to be perfectly round or perfectly even.

I made random groupings of 1, 2, or 3 loops as I moved along the bracelet frame, with occasional wraps around the frame to anchor this filigree vine layer securely to the frame:

Leaf & Vine Filigree Wire Bracelet Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Keep creating your 20 gauge vine around your 18 gauge bracelet base, ending with about 3 wraps around the bracelet base just before you reach your Sharpie marks on the wire:

Leaf & Vine Filigree Wire Bracelet Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now use your round nose pliers to make a small open spiral on the shorter end of your 18 gauge bracelet frame wire.

(If you’re new to making open spirals, or had trouble making them in the past, see my quick video on how to make an open wire spiral):

Leaf & Vine Filigree Wire Bracelet Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Then make an open spiral on the longer end of your 18 gauge bracelet frame wire:

Leaf & Vine Filigree Wire Bracelet Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now use your wire cutter to snip off the end of your 20-gauge wire, and then use your chain nose pliers to gently squeeze down on your last wire wraps to hold them firmly in place:

Leaf & Vine Filigree Wire Bracelet Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now your bracelet frame should be covered with a filigree vine. This is how mine looks:

Leaf & Vine Filigree Wire Bracelet Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Wrap your bracelet frame around your mandrel to shape it into a bracelet:

Leaf & Vine Filigree Wire Bracelet Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

On the front of your bracelet, the ends should line up approximately like this, with the folded end of your bracelet frame resting between the open spiral ends:
Leaf & Vine Filigree Wire Bracelet Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now we’re going to attach the leaf bead.

Use a pre-made headpin, or make your own.

To make your own headpin: Cut a piece of your 20 gauge wire 3.5″ long:
Leaf & Vine Filigree Wire Bracelet Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Use the tips of your round nose pliers to make a tiny loop at one end of the wire:

Leaf & Vine Filigree Wire Bracelet Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Then, holding the loop with your chain nose or flat nose pliers, wind your long wire stem around the loop to make a small spiral tendril:

Leaf & Vine Filigree Wire Bracelet Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now string your bead on this headpin:

Leaf bead on handmade headpin by Rena Klingenberg

Now use the long stem of your headpin to make a wrapped wire loop, attaching it to the loop in the folded end of your 18 gauge bracelet frame.

(If you’re new to wrapped loops, or had trouble with them previously, see my quick video that shows how to attach a wrapped wire loop to another component):

Leaf & Vine Filigree Wire Bracelet Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now the front of your bracelet should look something like this:
Leaf & Vine Filigree Wire Bracelet Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

. . . and the back of your bracelet should look something like this:
Back View of Leaf & Vine Filigree Wire Bracelet Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Here are some views of my finished Leaf & Vine filigree wire bracelet:

Leaf & Vine Filigree Wire Bracelet Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg
Leaf & Vine Filigree Wire Bracelet Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Leaf & Vine Filigree Wire Bracelet Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Want to Learn the Basics of
Designing Your Own Wire Jewelry?

Design and Make Artistic Jewelry Components Class In my Design and Make Artistic Jewelry Components video class, you’ll learn how to get great ideas for wire jewelry designs – and then follow my easy system for turning those ideas into successful pieces of jewelry.

By the end of this online video class, you’ll be designing and making your own artistic earwires, clasps, connectors, and pendant bails.

You’ll also learn my tips for making wire jewelry more easily, with more professional looking results.

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Comments

  1. OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!! This bracelet is AMAZING, I love it, can’t wait to make one myself! Thank you sooooo much for your tutorials Rena, they’re always clear and beautiful!!

  2. Beautiful, organic design! The tutorial is so explicit, I feel I can make it TONIGHT! Thanks for the inspiration!!

  3. ellery says:

    I love it because of the organic quality! thank you for sharing your tutorials!

  4. Thank you for sharing this wonderful design. Directions are so complete no one should have a problem making this bracelet. I especially liked having the pictures that showed every angle of the bracelet at each stage.

  5. Rena, you’ve done it again…this is just gorgeous! Such a sleek and lovely design.

  6. Love it – especially the freeform way it’s made. Everybody who makes their own is guaranteed that theirs will be unique.

  7. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this bracelet!! Can’t wait to make one of my own. Thank you Rena!

  8. Your bracelet is gorgeous and your tutorial is perfect – easy to understand and great photos! Thanks so much!!

  9. Mary Lyda says:

    This bracelet is beautiful! Thanks for sharing the instructions.

  10. Beautiful Rena! Don’t you love that artistic wire? That color and brand are what I use in many of my designs! It is so complimentary to so many types of designs.

    I’ve been wanting to figure out how to do exactly what you shared today.
    There is a jewelry artist on Pinterest that makes her wire look as though it was poured out and took beautiful form by itself.
    Thank you so much for sharing this gorgeous design =)

  11. What a great tutorial, Rena! Thanks for sharing. Can’t wait to try it.

  12. Another awesome tutorial, Rena! Always so complete and clear. This ‘free range’ wire bracelet will inspire many to give it a go, I’m sure.

  13. Wow! This is beautiful! I already have ideas for variations..Thank you!

  14. Lois D says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful design and producing such a great tutorial. Your directions are so clear and easy to follow. Thanks for the inspiration!

  15. I love this style and cannot wait to try it. I see it is going to be quite popular because it is all over pinterest tonight. Thank you for sharing such a unique design.

  16. Wow! I made this tonight! So easy to follow the directions and so neat when it is finished! Love this tutorial.

  17. Ana Lopes says:

    So, so beautiful! Love the leaf bead and the great tutorial! Thanks so much for sharing!
    Have a fabulous week!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft

  18. These is such an interesting bracelet. Thanks for the great tutorial and all the photos. I want to try this.

  19. Oh that’s gorgeous! One of these days, I’m going to do this…
    :)

  20. I’m normally a jewelry-free, make-up-less plain ‘ol me, but seeing this bracelet makes me want to beg to differ with myself. I love it, want to wrap it around my wrist, want to go out and buy cloth napkins just so I can wrap them with this too. Thank you for the tutorial!

  21. This bracelet is beautiful! I would not have thought I could do it but you make it look easy. So, I’ll give it a try. Pinning.

  22. Beautiful! I would try it but I’m all thumbs!

  23. Wow I love this piece, and great tutorial BTW…pinning to make one later!!

  24. Very pretty! You make this look so easy to do. Maybe I will try it one day…

  25. I love this bracelet! It makes me miss playing around with jewelry making. It’s so much fun! Great job and very nice tutorial! Thank you!
    Gina

  26. Amazing! You are so creative! Love this. I think you should just make them and sell them to us!!

  27. I love this! A friend of mine does amazing beadwork and showed me how to wire some pendants, I will need to try this for sure!

  28. OMG beautiful pieces, I collect vintage would love to be able to transform some of the broken pieces in what you do following your newsletter found you my girlish whims.

  29. This is Amazing! I totally want to make this and you made it look so effortless,thank you so much:)

  30. That’s beautiful!! =)

    Danielle

  31. This is unbelievably beautiful! Pinning and planning on making :)

  32. That is impressive! I love it! I don’t think I have the patience to make it, but I’d love to wear it!

  33. What a gorgeous bracelet! I am so impressed with how talented you are! Thanks for sharing at TTF.

    Linda

  34. This looks stunning! I love it, and wow I think I might actually be able to make something like that. Thanks for the great tutorial!!!

  35. So pretty and elegant! :-)

  36. LOVE!! That is just absolutely gorgeous!

  37. What amazing talent you have. WOW.
    Happy homemaking!

  38. Nice. I really like that leaf embellishment for a different look. This could make great napkin rings or tie backs too. Thanks for sharing.

  39. Absolutely stunning! I was so intimidated by the first photo, but your tutorial makes the steps clear and entirely do-able. Thanks for sharing.

  40. This is so pretty! Thanks for sharing! Hope your having a great week. Theresa

  41. This is so beautiful! I love the way the bracelet looks like a vine. Thank you for sharing!

  42. This is WAY too intricate for me. Gorgeous! And the tutorial is impeccable also. Thanks so much for making my party better …

  43. Rena you have done it AGAIN! LOVE this! You come up with the best design ideas! These Czech glass maple leaf beads are among my favorites – I use them in many of my wire crochet necklace/earrings sets – and have a few leftovers in different colors that I was wondering what to do with – this is PERFECT! Also, by using Artistic wire, these can be offered at a very reasonable price! I think my “Mom” customers (who always feel guilty buying themselves a treat) will love this! Can’t wait to try this in different colors.

    BTW – Your bracelet helpers are always a hit! I have them packaged on a card inside plastic bag, stuck to the card with open stick-on ring tags, but since folks always ask – I keep one handy to demo. You are the best – Thanks again for sharing!

  44. This is sooo beautiful! Wow, you are so talented! I have been wanting to get into jewelry making for some time now and you are a great inspiration!

  45. Rena!!! This is so beautiful!!! I love it! I am pinning it and am going to try my hand at this or something like it. Not sure how good I will be at the free-flow, but I really want to give it a try. Thanks for sharing it!

  46. Featured and pinned! Linda

  47. This is so beautiful, Rena! We learn so much from your jewelry tutorials.

    Have a super weekend! Susie @Bowdabra

  48. Wow, that is a gorgeous bracelet! Your tutorial is well done, very easy to follow. Thank you so much for sharing.

  49. This is a fabulous tutorial! Can’t wait to buy the wire I need!

  50. Love it, so simple, & elegant, Great to add to,
    Great base bracelet, to do a lot of creating ideas
    from, Love your site. Cheers Lady Ems

  51. Thank you for sharing such an educational idea

  52. WOW…..that is gorgeous and wanting to make that!!! Love it.

  53. Thank you, thank you for all your lovely comments on this project! I’d love to see your versions of this bracelet! :)

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