Thank you to all that have replied. Where can I find the Idiot's
Delight pattern, and how much 16 ga wire needed for bracelets.
You can find instructions in Tim McCreight’s book “The Complete
Metalsmith”. This book is indispensable and I highly recommend
you get it if you don’t have it. It will answer many of your
questions in a very clear and thorough way.
You'll need aprox. 20-24 links per inch at 16ga, with an inside
diameter of 3/16" or 4.8mm, so your mandrel will need to be
slightly smaller. A finished bracelet in 16 ga can weigh almost 2
ounces. I would recommend practicing in silver before you move to
gold. I went through several ounces of silver getting the rings
the size/gauge I wanted, you get a lot of variation depending on
how loose the chain is. And If you do make them in gold, remember
the spring back of the coils will be different depending on the
alloy and annealing, so just make a few at first to experiment,
otherwise you may have a lot of rings not quite the right size.
I made one Idiot's delight that was soldered and it was pretty
tricky. If you can get the links tight enough, you can rotate the
seams to the inside and they’ll stay there and won’t be seen.
Good Luck and Enjoy!