DIY Wire Wrapped Gold Quartz Cuff
I have two fun jewelry DIYs for you, made from raw quartz pieces! Inspired by a few pieces of jewelry I had seen on Instagram (particularly from Anarchy Street), I decided to make a quartz cuff and quartz earrings! Both projects are pretty easy, and leave you with some pretty awesome, unique, and bold jewelry, for a pretty low cost - only ~$6 to make! I love love love how the bracelet turned out, and can't wait to wear it - it's a edgy, but feminine, and really different from any other jewelry I've seen people wearing. I think this bracelet is a pretty good day-to-evening piece; it spruces up a more casual work outfit, while still glam enough for more fancy attire. I think bracelets like these could be the start of a new trend - the statement bracelet! :)
This project does have a bit more required supplies than most, but it's still an easy project! I was a little worried that it would be hard to locate the quartz pieces I wanted, but was successful during recent visits my local bead store and Treasure Island Flea Market - about $1 per stone. I did have to search a bit for the cuff I wanted - I got mine at Forever 21, which I think will probably have a good selection of cuffs at any time. I would also check your local bead store or online to find a plain cuff to use. You also don't need to necessarily match your wire and cuff -I saw a picture of a similar bracelet that used mixed metal tones - gold wire and a silver cuff - which actually worked really well!
Cost of materials: $6
Time: 15 minutes + drying time
Things you will need:
- 3 raw quartz pieces (check your local bead store, or online here)
- Cuff (I got mine from Forever 21 - my specific cuff isn't available, but this or any other would work well!)
- ~16-20 inch piece of artistic wire (I used Artistic Wire)
- E6000 glue
- Jewelry pliers (optional)
- Scissors (optional)
Excuse my chipped nails! :)
- Dab three fairly generous drops of glue onto your bracelet.
- Press your quartz pieces onto the drops.
- Let dry - it'll probably be most stable drying upside down. Mine took a good couple of hours for the quartz pieces to be solidly attached to the bracelet.
- Wrap your wire around the quartz pieces and cuff. A few tips:
- You can use jewelry pliers to help pull the wire tight
- However, don't pull too tight, in case your stones aren't 100% attached and may move with too much tension
- Make sure your wrapping goes around the bracelet several times to ensure the quartz pieces stay extra secure, even if the glue wears down
- For looks - Vary your wrapping between going diagonally across the stone, horizontally across the stone (on the tops and bottoms), or vertically across the cuff
- Use your hand or plier to pull the last ends of the wire tight and tuck them into a corner where they won't poke you or get caught. Use scissors to cut off any extra wire, if needed.
Isn't it SOOOO cute?!? I'm so happy with it - I can already tell it'll be one of my go-to jewelry pieces!