Saturday, 26 July 2014

Basic Techniques: Wire Wrapping Beads

Learning to wrap a bead is one of the most important techniques to learn in jewelry making.  The technique I use allows you to connect beads without using solder.

The tools you will need are pliers and wire cutters.

The first step, is to place the pliers about 1cm from the end of the wire.  Next, bend the wire around the round part of the pliers.

Next, wrap the longer part of the wire around the shorter length twice. 

Pull the wire straight and place a bead on the wire. 

Place the pliers about 1cm away from the bead, and bend the wire around the pliers to make a loop. 

Wrap the wire around the shorter length of wire towards the bead.  Wrap the wire around the 'stem' twice, to make sure it is secure. Trim the excess wire and your bead is ready.

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