The bow is a fitting symbol for a bride tying the knot or for her friends celebrating the occasion with her—and it looks especially pretty when added as a motif to jewelry. Janet Crowther of For the Makers explains how to use the company’s complete kit, a collaboration with 100 Layer Cake, to create the custom pieces in shades of gold, silver, or rose gold.

By Janet Crowther
April 30, 2015

THE TOOLS

  • Wire Jewelry Kit (makes multiple rings and bows), or the following:
  • Round wire
  • Round-nose pliers
  • Cable chain
  • Chain-nose pliers
  • Semi flush clippers
  • Jump rings
  • Lobster clasp

FOR THE BOW-SHAPED NECKLACE OR BRACELET

1. To create the wire bow for your necklace or bracelet, start by cutting approximately 5 inches of wire.

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2. Bend the first loop of wire over the round-nose pliers.

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3. Bend the second loop in the opposite direction. You'll start to notice your bow taking shape; adjust so that your loops are even.

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4. Take the end of the left loop and wrap it around the center one time, pulling tight.

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5. Once you have the bow to your liking, trim the ends of the wire. If the ends are sharp, you can file them down to create dull edges.

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6. Now that your bow is complete, it's time to connect the clasp and the bow to your chain using pliers and jump rings.

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7. Adjust the chain accordingly, depending on if it's for a necklace or bracelet.

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FOR THE BOW-SHAPED RING

1. Cut 6 inches of wire for your ring. In the middle of the wire, create a loop to fit your finger.

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2. With your round pliers, grab the top wire and bend it over the top of the pliers to create the right loop of the bow.

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3. Grab the bottom wire. Bend over the top of the pliers to create the second loop.

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4. Take the end of the left loop and wrap around the center, through the ring, pulling tightly.

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5. Once you have the bow to your liking, trim the ends of the wire. If the ends are sharp, you can file them down to create dull edges.

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It's that easy! Wear the ring alone or stacked with some simple bands.

For more details, check out the full tutorial.

Photography by Haley Sheffield.

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