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by: Dwyn Tomlinson
A dragon's tail, all covered in scale
It's easy to make - you can not fail.
Start by making a wrapped loop on each of the ripple beads. Slide the
bead onto the headpin, grasp the headpin behind the bead (leave a mm or
so of space), using your round nose pliers. Grab the very end of the
head pin with your chain nose pliers, and wrap it around the base of the
bead two or three times. Let go with the chain nose pliers, and still
holding with the round nose, trim the wire end with the wire cutters. It
won't be a neat wrap, but it is fast, and you won't see the backs once
this is assembled.
When done - string 3 ripple beads, then 2 x 4 mm firepolish. Continue
like this. When done, three ripple beads will sit on a firepolish bead
and space themselves around the circle. You need a second firepolish
bead as the ripple beads are comparatively large.
Attach half of the clasp at one end - then shake and wiggle the beads
all down till they snug together tightly with no gaps. Then add the
clasp on the other end.
This made a bracelet 8.5 inches long - it needs to be a bit longer than
usual because it is fairly fat.
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