So, it had been a while since I allowed myself to splurge on a really nice clasp. And while I was browsing for beads online one day, I just happened to come across this gorgeous sterling silver box clasp from A Grain of Sand
made with a 1939 World's Fair cabochon. It was love at first sight! Once I had this little treasure in my hands, I knew I wanted to do something special with it, so I dug through my stash of vintage glass beads and found a little bag full of assorted Czech glass beads that came in one of my Bead Hoard Curiosities Club shipments. I nestled the clasp in the beads and realized that the colors worked perfectly with each other, and I was ready to start doing some wire wrapping.
Now, most of you know that I am not terribly skilled at wire wrapping. But this latest wire wrapping project, the World's Fair Wire Wrapped Bracelet, is so easy because it doesn't require any real sort of precision when making your wraps! Just twist your wire together, and you're done! It's also a great way to use up a little baggie of leftover glass beads from a larger beading project. Mix up some colors for a rainbow in every bracelet!
- 26 gauge silver plated wire, 10 feet
- World's Fair clasp from A Grain of Sand, or clasp of your choice
- 20-30 grams of small (4mm - 10mm) assorted glass beads
- Wire cutters
- Flat nose pliers
- Round nose pliers, OR
- Combination pliers
And....ta-da! The finished World's Fair Wire Wrapped Bracelet! This project was so much fun, I'm already thinking I need some more high-quality clasps to show off! This is one of those wire wrapping projects that I'd like to think are good for those of us who feel like we're wire-challenged. It was so much easier than I thought it would be, I don't know why I didn't try this before!
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