Wire Wrapped Loop Chain & Bead Bracelet Tutorial [Video]

Wire Wrapped loop Chain & Bead Bracelet Tutorial

I love the wire wrapped loop chain.  I think it looks so dainty and pretty with a little touch of edginess.  It’s sturdy for all of your chain needs.

So today I have another variation, the Wire Wrapped Loop Chain and Bead Bracelet.  We’ll interconnect wire wrapped bead links with the links from the chain and make a lovely bracelet.

Wire Wrapped Loop Chain & Bead Bracelet Tutorial

I like wearing my bracelets stacked, a bunch of favorites on my wrist.  Today’s bracelet and last week’s wire wrapped chain loop bracelet go together really well.  You can find all kinds of bracelet tutorials here on my blog for inspiration.

Wire Wrapped Loop Chain & Bead Bracelet Tutorial

Here’s today’s video tutorial:


I hope you found it inspiring!  Give it a try and let me know what you think.

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Wire Wrapped Loop Chain Bracelet Video Tutorial

Wire Wrapped Loop Chain Bracelet Tutorial

I have been using this chain in most of my jewelry since first coming up with it several months ago.

I use it in anything that I want or need a chain in.  (This wire wrapped bead link necklace or this long wire wrapped pendant necklace, for example.)

I also wear a plain chain necklace with this wire wrapped loop chain almost daily.  Sometimes just by itself, sometimes layered.

I needed to make a simple bracelet to wear as well, so I’m sharing that tutorial here today.

Simple and sweet on its own or great when stacked with other bracelets, you’ll love this chain.

wire wrapped loop chain bracelet

Learn how to make it here:

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ECT TV Episode 83: How to Make a Beaded Strand Bracelet (perfect for stacking)

ECT TV Episode 83: How to Make a Beaded Strand Bracelet

The jewelry trend lately has been all about layers:  layered necklaces, lots of rings and stacks of bracelets.

I love making bracelets, so this trend is the perfect opportunity to make a bunch and pile them on!

Don’t get too caught up in making things matchy-matchy (unless you really love matchy-matchy.)  Just make a bunch that go together.

Here’s an assortment of bracelets I recently wore together:

ECT TV Episode 83: How to Make a Beaded Strand Bracelet

Most of them I made and one I purchased.

Starting at the top with the tassel bracelet and working around to the right:

  • Chain tassel bracelet – I purchased it at a thrift store or used jewelry sale.
  • Yellow beaded bracelet – you’ll learn how to make that in this post and video.
  • Funky wire wrapped link bracelet – this is from Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry eCourse, my Brave Bracelet.  (I run Rediscover in sessions a couple of times a year.  Make sure you’re getting my emails to find out when it’s in session next.)
  • Blue beaded bracelet – same technique as you’ll learn in this post and video.
  • Knotted Link Bracelet – so much fun to make!  I have a workshop here that teaches you the technique.
  • Wire wrapped link bracelet – I just connected wire wrapped bead links to form a bracelet.  (I teach the technique here.)
  • Pink beaded bracelet – another bracelet that was made with the technique I teach in this post.

As you see, you can really decide on any given day how you want to express yourself by changing your bracelets.  I didn’t make these bracelets to go with each other; I just go through my bracelets and decide what I feel like wearing today.

ECT TV Episode 83: How to Make a Beaded Strand Bracelet

In today’s episode of Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV (ECT TV), I’ll show you how to make a beaded strand bracelet with a bead dangle.

In the episode you’ll learn:

  • About beading wire;
  • How to string a strand bracelet using wire guards; and
  • How to make a simple bead dangle.

ECT TV Episode 83: How to Make a Beaded Strand Bracelet

Watch the video tutorial here:

Running time:  18:47

Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

ECT TV Episode 83: How to Make a Beaded Strand Bracelet

Tools and Materials:

  • Beads of your choice (enough to make a bracelet)
  • 4 crimp beads
  • 2 wire guards
  • Lobster clasp
  • 2 – 7mm jump rings
  • Beading wire*
  • 20 gauge, half-hard, round wire in the metal of your choice
  • Crimping tool
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers
  • Tape or a bead stopper

* Beading wire – I like to use 49 strands because (as I explain in the video) it’s the strongest and also drapes nicely.  Use the best you can for your budget.

If you do not want to use wire guards, see this tutorial instead.

The bead dangle is optional (but really cute!)  If you choose not to make the bead dangle, you won’t need round nose pliers or the 20 gauge wire.

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 83: How to Make a Beaded Strand Bracelet

Cut enough beading wire to go around your wrist plus about 6 additional inches.

I just put tape at one end of the wire to hold the beads on.  (If you have a bead stopper, you can use that.)

Note:  I’m just using one type of bead for my entire bracelet, so I’m just going to string them on.  If you’re using a combination of beads or making a design, figure that out now.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 83: How to Make a Beaded Strand Bracelet

String on as many beads as you need.

Hint:  I like to string the beads so the bracelet is tight around my wrist.  Then when I add the clasp the bracelet fits just how I like (which is kind of loose.)

To figure out the correct size, measure a bracelet you already have that is the right size and then subtract the length of the clasp you’re using plus the length of the wire guards on each side.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 83: How to Make a Beaded Strand Bracelet

Slide a crimp bead, a small bead and another crimp bead onto the wire.

Note:  I like to use two crimp beads on each side when I’m stringing.  Other people use only one.

In the video my beads were smaller and I just used the same bead in between the crimp beads.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 83: How to Make a Beaded Strand Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 83: How to Make a Beaded Strand Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 83: How to Make a Beaded Strand Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 83: How to Make a Beaded Strand Bracelet

Thread the wire guard onto the wire.  Go up through one tube around the top and back down through the other tube.

Then thread the wire through the crimp bead, bead and second crimp bead.  Pull the wire snug.

You’ll also want to pull the wire through the first couple of beads of the bracelet as well.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 83: How to Make a Beaded Strand Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 83: How to Make a Beaded Strand Bracelet

Crimp the crimp beads closed.

First hold the crimp bead in the larger notch closer to the handle of the crimp tool and squeeze the crimp bead closed.  You’ll see a crease in the bead.

Then hold the bead in the smaller notch closer to the tip of the crimp tool and close the crimp bead.  The crimp bead will fold in half at the crease you made with the first crimp.

Crimp both beads closed.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 83: How to Make a Beaded Strand Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 83: How to Make a Beaded Strand Bracelet

Repeat on the other side and trim off any excess wire as close to the beads as you can get.

Optional Bead Dangle

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 83: How to Make a Beaded Strand Bracelet

Cut a piece of 20 gauge, half-hard, round wire about 3 inches longer than your bead.  Make sure to make a flush cut.

Note:  A flush cut is a straight cut in the wire.  Use the back of your wire cutters toward the work to make a flush cut.  (For more information on flush cuts, click here.)

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 83: How to Make a Beaded Strand Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 83: How to Make a Beaded Strand Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 83: How to Make a Beaded Strand Bracelet

Hold the wire at the tip with chain nose pliers.  Make a bend in the wire.  Then push that bend down.  You can use chain nose pliers for this, but your crimp tool makes it really easy.

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 83: How to Make a Beaded Strand Bracelet

Slide a bead onto the wire.  The little bend you made should hold the bead on.  (If not, the bead has too big of a hole for this type of headpin.  Try making a headpin with a decorative end that will hold the bead on or try a different bead.)

Step #10

ECT TV Episode 83: How to Make a Beaded Strand Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 83: How to Make a Beaded Strand Bracelet

Hold the wire in round nose pliers about 1/4 inch above the bead.  Wrap the wire around the pliers forming a loop.

Step #11

ECT TV Episode 83: How to Make a Beaded Strand Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 83: How to Make a Beaded Strand Bracelet.The loop will be off-center.  Hold it in chain nose pliers and while you wrap the wire around one time pull the bead out straight so the loop is centered on top of the bead.

Then wrap 2 more times.  Trim off the excess wire and make sure the end is not poking out.

Step #12

ECT TV Episode 83: How to Make a Beaded Strand Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 83: How to Make a Beaded Strand Bracelet

Open 2 jump rings.  (How to properly open and close jump rings.)

Attach the bead dangle to the end of the beaded strand.

Attach the lobster clasp to the other end.

ECT TV Episode 83: How to Make a Beaded Strand Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 83: How to Make a Beaded Strand Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 83: How to Make a Beaded Strand Bracelet

Now you can make a bunch and wear them stacked up in any combination you like.

I like the option of making different single stand bracelets (as opposed to making one bracelet that has several strands) because you can mix and match and change it up every day.

Have fun and get creative!  Let me know if you have any questions!

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Decorative Wire Wrapped Bracelet eWorkshop

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  If you liked it, you’ll love my other online workshops, especially the Decorative Wire Wrapped Bracelet Workshop!  Take them at your own pace in the privacy of your own home!  You always can email me with any questions or if you get stuck along the way.

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New eWorkshop! Decorative Bead Dangle Bracelet

Decorative Bead Dangle eWorkshop

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You’ll learn how to make a fun decorative bead dangle and then put them together to make a unique bracelet.

This workshop is great for building your confidence in your wire wrapping abilities because you’ll be repeating the process over and over again with the bead dangles.

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ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet Tutorial

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Today I have a quick and simple anklet tutorial for you today!

Yesterday I shared my process from inspiration to final jewelry piece for this anklet, but today I have the step-by-step tutorial for how to make this piece.

In this tutorial you’ll learn:

  • How to make a wire wrapped bead link with multiple beads;
  • How to open and close jump rings; and
  • How to put it all together to make a sweet anklet.

Here’s today’s Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV (ECT TV) video:

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Step-by- Step Photo Instructions:

These are the step-by-step photo instructions of the exact same tutorial that’s in the video.

Tools and Materials:

  • Beads – you can use any beads you like, but I choose 3 different beads that are 3 different colors to go along with my inspiration.  My beads are all recycled glass beads.
  • Chain – use any chain you like.  I have a collection of smaller pieces of chain leftover from other projects that I used for this project
  • Jump rings – I used 7mm jump rings, but feel free to use any sturdy jump rings you like
  • 20 gauge, half-hard wire
  • Lobster clasp
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

I used a few beads on each strand.  I’ll show you how to make 1 strand and then you just repeat the process for each strand.

Alternatively, you could just make one strand.

Cut a piece of wire approximately 3 inches longer than the beads for one strand.

Hold the wire 1 1/2 inches from the top in round nose pliers.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Wrap the wire down and around the pliers to form a loop.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

The loop will be off-center, so we need to center it.  Hold the loop in chain nose pliers. Wrap the short wire around the long wire once while pulling out the long wire straight.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Wrap the wire around 2 more times.  You can use bent nose pliers to help you wrap.  Make sure that you’re wraps are close together and neat.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Trim off the excess wire making a flush cut.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Use chain nose pliers to make sure the wire is not poking out.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Slide your beads onto the wire.

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Hold the wire in round nose pliers about 1/4 inch above the beads.

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Now we’ll make a wire wrapped loop on this side just like we did at the beginning.

Wrap the wire around the round nose pliers to form a loop.

Step #10

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Hold the loop in chain nose pliers. Wrap the wire around 1 time while pulling the beads out straight to straighten the loop.

Step #11

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Make 2 more wraps keeping your wraps straight and neat.

Step #12

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Trim off the excess wire making a flush cut.

Step #13

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Use chain nose pliers to make sure the end is not poking out.

Step #14

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Repeat for all 3 strands with your different sets of beads.

Step #15

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Figure out how long you need your chain to be.  Measure your ankle and then measure the bead link and clasp.  Subtract the length of the bead link and clasp from the total length you need and that’s how long your chain needs to be.

You will need to do this for each bead link unless you’ve made each bead link exactly the same length.

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Keep each chain with the corresponding bead link so you don’t mix them up.

Step #16

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Cut the chain in half. Attach one half of the chain to each end of the bead link.

Step #17

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Repeat for each strand.

Step #18

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Attach one end of all of the chains to a jump ring and place the clasp on it as well.

Step #19

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

On the other end place all the chains in a jump ring and then add a couple of additional jump rings.

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Customize this anklet:

  • Use any beads you like – mix them up like I did or use just one type of bead.
  • You can mix up the beads in the individual strands as well.
  • Make just 1 strand.
  • Use just 1 bead per strand or make the wire wrapped bead links longer.  If you make them longer you may need to curve the wire to fit with the curve of your ankle.