By Stephanie Riger

This project takes a freeform pattern using loose spirals, loops, and curves, and decorates the inside of a plain cuff frame. You can get the most sensuous curves by holding the 16g wire with pliers in one hand, and pulling and twisting it into shapes with the other hand, rather than wrapping it around the pliers.

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• If you find it awkward to hold the wiggle to the frame while assembling it, tape it together with painter's tape, or use a clamp.

Find the center of a 15" piece of 14g wire. Place a mark on each side with a Sharpie W from the center point. Use chain nose pliers to make a 90° bend at each point. Mark at 51/2" on each side.

Use chain nose pliers to make a 90° bend at each of those points.

O Turn the ends inward, and loop or spiral them. The total height of the cuff should be 1V*". Loop or spiral the wire ends.

C Once you have a section of wiggled wire, pound it to make sure it is all on the same plane.

Use 3" of 22g wire to coil the two necks of the loops together. Trim any excess wire. Pound the entire frame with a nylon or rawhide hammer to work-harden.

C Straighten the 16g wire and cut it into two or three equal lengths. Twist, spiral, and wiggle the wire in a freeform manner into a 1 Va" wide strip. Hold it up against the frame frequently to make sure it fits within the frame wires.

C Once you have a section of wiggled wire, pound it to make sure it is all on the same plane.

O Bend the bracelet around the mandrel and hammer gently to shape. If desired, tumble to harden. ©

7 Cut a 3" length of 22g wire.

Tie the wiggle to the frame by wrapping the 22g wire closely together around the wiggle and the frame. Pull the end of the wrap tightly with chain nose pliers to securely fasten. Trim any access. Tie more wiggle sections together and to the frame with 3" or shorter lengths of 22g wire. Repeat Steps 5-7 until the frame is filled.

O Bend the bracelet around the mandrel and hammer gently to shape. If desired, tumble to harden. ©

Stephanie Riger knitted her way through classes in college and macramed through graduate school. She — quickly became addicted to bead and wire crochet, which she teaches in the San Francisco Bay area. Her wire wrapped mermaid pin won the Creative Wire Jewelry Forum Design Challenge in March 2005. See more of her work on her Web site, stephanieriger.com.

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