Yep, this is how all my chainmaille project start. With wire, a mandrel, and -if I am at work- my wrist action. It is a shame that my drill is too big to take to work. It takes twice to three times as long to coil wire by manually, but I love what I do, and I already painting a picture in my mind of how the piece is going to look.
I have already linked two rings to a hook for a closure and to mark the start of the bracelet. The small diameter coil is going to be the small jumprings I am going to need to make what I call Celtic flowers.
This is the flower. I am going to need three of these for the main part of the bracelet. All I need to do is put a couple of wires into the drill hole of a bead, and place the bead in the middle for a little bit of color. I am going to be using winter
colors so I am already thinking about what kind of bead I am going to use.
I tried a couple by just placing them in the center to see how they looked. I finally settled on a blue glass drop, because the bottom of
the bead settles neatly into the center. I played around with just one wire through it at first, but the setting was not stable. I ended up adding another wire.
So, I thread the wires through the center and pull the wires through until the bead is sitting the middle. The flower turned into a cup,
and I had to put it down on the counter, and take a look at what happened. Then the idea came to me. I can make a ring!