Wire Charm Wrap Anklet (Tutorial)

by Rena Klingenberg.

Wire Charm Wrap Anklet - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

This free-spirited ankle wrap is a fun warm-weather style.

Wire Charm Wrap Anklet - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Wire Charm Wrap Anklet – tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

It’s a perfect project to make on summer vacation – or at a teen slumber party.

Wire Charm Wrap Anklet - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

And because one size fits all, these anklets are a fun summer gift for everyone who will be baring their ankles.

You can even make them in your colors for lovely beach wedding jewelry!

Supplies:

  • 16-gauge round soft wire – I used copper.
  • Soft, comfortable, colorful cord – approximately 45″ (114cm) long.
    I used 2mm wide ultrasuede, which is ideal for this project:

    Ultrasuede cord for Wire Charm Wrap Anklet - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

  • 5 Sturdy jump rings – mine are 10mm antiqued copper:
    Jump rings for Wire Charm Wrap Anklet - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg
  • 2 Rustic beads with holes big enough to thread onto your cord.
    I used brown wooden beads:
    Large hole beads for Wire Charm Wrap Anklet - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg
  • Wire cutter.
  • Round nose pliers.
  • Flat nose pliers.
  • Chain nose pliers.
  • Scissors – for cutting your cord.
  • Optional: Plastic, nylon, or rawhide hammer, plus jeweler’s steel block – for straightening and hammer-hardening your wire charms.

How to Make a
Wire Charm Wrap Anklet

We’ll start by making five wire charms.

And because we don’t know exactly how much wire we’ll use for each charm, we’re going to work directly from the roll of wire:

16-gauge copper wire for Wire Charm Wrap Anklet - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

We’ll make 2 different primitive symbols for our wire charms – one representing the sun, and one representing water.

That gives this finished anklet a “sun and sea” theme.

Make Sun Symbol Wire Charms

This sun symbol is primitive, so we’re not making a perfectly smooth spiral.

Instead, we’re going to make it very irregular – with some curves and some angles.

Start by using your round nose pliers to curve the wire end into a small hook.

Then create a loose spiral around the hook by making irregular bends in the wire.

Keep making your rugged spiral until you’ve gone around about 3 times:

Making primitive sun charm for Wire Charm Wrap Anklet - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now use your round nose pliers to bend the end of your wire straight upward.

Use your wire cutter to cut your spiral off of the main coil of wire. Leave a tail about 10mm – 15mm (0.4″ – 0.6″) long.

Now turn the wire tail into a loop by rolling the tip of the wire downward:

Finishing off the primitive sun charm for Wire Charm Wrap Anklet - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Your finished primitive sun charm should look something like this:

Primitive sun charm for Wire Charm Wrap Anklet - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now make 2 more sun charms, so you’ll have a total of 3 of them.

Make Water Symbol Wire Charms

Water has traditionally been symbolized by a wavy line.

So our water symbol charm will have a few waves and then a loop.

Start by using your flat nose pliers to grasp your wire about 10mm – 15mm (0.4″ – 0.6″) from the end.

Bend the wire so the the end points upward.

Then use your flat nose pliers to make wave-shaped bends in your wire.

After the last wave, use your wire cutter to cut your charm off the main coil of wire:

Making water symbol charm for Wire Charm Wrap Anklet - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now use your round nose pliers to grasp the tip of the straight end of your water-symbol charm.

Make a loop by rolling the tip of the wire downward:

Making the loop for a water symbol charm - Wire Charm Wrap Anklet - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Your finished primitive water charm should look something like this:

Finished water symbol wire charm for Wire Charm Wrap Anklet - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Make 1 more water charm, so you’ll have a total of 2 of them.

When you’re finished, you should have a collection of 5 “sun and sea” charms:
Primitive "sun and sea" wire charms for Wire Charm Wrap Anklet - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Optional: You can flatten, straighten, and harden your wire charms by hammering both sides of them with your plastic, nylon, or rawhide hammer:

Hammer hardening wire charms for Wire Charm Wrap Anklet - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Measure and Cut Your Cord

Measure around your ankle, where you will wear the ankle bracelet.

Multiply that number by 3, and add 15″ (38cm).

Example:

Let’s say the ankle measures 9 inches. The cord length will be:

(9 inches x 3) + 15 inches = 42 inches total cord length.

Measuring ultrasuede cord for Wire Charm Wrap Anklet - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Assembling the Ankle Bracelet

It’s time to attach a jump ring to each of your wire charms.

Use your flat nose and chain nose pliers to twist open 5 jump rings:

Opening jump rings for Wire Charm Wrap Anklet - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Thread a jump ring through the loop of each charm, and twist the jump rings shut again:

Wire charms with jump rings - for Wire Charm Wrap Anklet - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Choose one of your sun-symbol charms to be in the center of your anklet.

Thread the charm’s jump ring onto your cord, and slide it down to the midpoint of your cord.

Tie the cord in a simple overhand knot around the jump ring, and pull the knot tight:

Fastening wire charm to cord for Wire Charm Wrap Anklet - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now add one of your water charms, spacing it about 1.5″ (38mm) away from the sun charm.

Then add your other water charm about 1.5″ (38mm) away from the other side of your sun charm:

Three charms added to Wire Charm Wrap Anklet - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now add your remaining 2 sun charms, about 1.5″ (38mm) away from your water charms:

Five charms added to Wire Charm Wrap Anklet - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

It’s time to finish off the ends of your cord.

String one of your large-hole beads onto one end of your cord.

Below the bead, tie a simple overhand knot in the cord to keep the bead from sliding off the cord.

String the other bead onto the other end of your cord, and tie a knot below it:

Finishing the cord ends for Wire Charm Wrap Anklet - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now your finished ankle bracelet should look something like this:

Wire Charm Wrap Anklet - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

How to Wear Your Ankle Bracelet:

Wrap the cord around your ankle 3 times, arranging it so that your charms are positioned where you like.

Then tie the cord ends together with a simple overhand knot, plus a second overhand knot on top of the first one.

Wire Charm Wrap Anklet - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Wire Charm Wrap Anklet - 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. Thanks, Rena. I just finished mine & am wearing it right now. I just love it! I had made a copper disc with a sea turtle on it the other day using the etching method that I learned on this site. I used that for my center charm.

  2. That’s lovely to hear, Nicole! I’m glad you love wearing your new ankle-wrap – and how cool that you had your handmade sea turtle disc to use as the center charm on it!

  3. Julia says:

    Going to make right now!!

  4. That is just too kewl! On my list of “got to do it”. Where can I find the instructions Nicole is speaking of? ( etching)

  5. This looks lovely! Thanks for sharing the tutorial on how to make the charms etc 🙂

  6. Cute! I always wondered how to make that stuff! I may have to attempt it.

  7. awesome tute, lovely bracelet! thanks for sharing 🙂

  8. I really like this idea of mixed textures and colors! But I’m thinking this might slide down my ankle as I walk. Is it comfortable to wear? I’ve got to make one and see! Thank you!

  9. Hi Rena – I can totally see wearing this at the beach and enjoying a lazy summer day with some great summer bling.

  10. Rena, you are the top of the top of tutorial makers! Pinned, featured and shared on social media. Amazing. Your friend, Linda

  11. This is such an easy and different ankle bracelet….can’t wait to try to make one. I just love this site…..

  12. LOVE THIS PROJECT! VERY CUTE!! Can you tell me how to get the “curliness” out of the faux suede cord? It never lies straight. THANK-YOU IN ADVANCE!!!

  13. Thank you so much, Cheryl! You might try my technique for straightening leather cord. I have never used this method on faux suede, but you may want to try it for straightening a small piece of your cord.

    Also I know jewelry artists who hang up the length of cord they’ll be using, and tie a heavy bead to the bottom end of the cord. Gravity and the weight of the bead help to straighten the cord. Not sure if I’ve heard of this used on faux suede, but you could test it on a small piece of your cord.

    And finally, Michelle Buettner (one of our friends here at JMJ) shared her technique for Straightening Griffon Silk or Nylon Beading Cord. Again, you’d have to test it on a small piece of your cord to see if it works on faux suede.

    Good luck, Cheryl! Please let us know which method helped you straighten your faux suede cord! 🙂

  14. I’ve seen your tutorial on how to straighten “leather cord”…but can you tell me how to straighten “faux suede cord”? THANK-YOU!!

  15. The anklet is very pretty, and your tutorial is fantastic!

  16. This is cool and your tutorial is easy to follow. Love the copper!

  17. I just love this! So simple and yet, the perfect touch. I am inspired to make a couple to match my summer dresses. Cute!

  18. I love this! The instructions are so thorough, I think even I could do this! My nieces would love to have these – perfect to wear with sandals or flip-flops!

  19. Pinned. Very lovely, Rena. ALL of your tutorials are perfect!! Your friend, Linda @Crafts a la mode

  20. Great ankle bracelets, I am going to make some for my great granddaughters for summer. I know they will love them the little 6 year old and the 16 year old, and the 2 in the middle. seems like it would work for any age don’t you think. Love your site Rena, you are my go to.

  21. Thank you, Lou! That means a lot to me.

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