Wrap around once and at the same time pull the wire out straight so the loop is centered on top of the wire.
Make 2 additional wraps.
Trim any excess wire and make sure the end is not poking out.
Measure 1/2 inch from the bottom of the last wrap and hold the wire in round nose pliers at that spot.
Wrap the wire around the pliers to form a loop.
Slide a bead dangle into the loop.
Now we’ll continue like we did with the other wire wrapped loop as if the bead dangle isn’t there. (Steps #5 and #6 above.)
Open an earring wire and place the top loop into the earring wire loop. Close the earring wire.
Repeat for the second earring.
PDF of this tutorial:
This PDF is exactly the same photos and instructions as you see above, but just in a form that you can download, save and/or print. I’ve added the bead dangle tutorial and earring wire tutorial to the PDF as well.
ECT TV Episode 84: Wire Wrapped Drop Earrings PDF eBook
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.
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.
Watch the video tutorial here:
Running time: 18:47
Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:
Tools and Materials:
Beads of your choice (enough to make a bracelet)
4 crimp beads
2 wire guards
2 – 7mm jump rings
20 gauge, half-hard, round wire in the metal of your choice
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Repeat on the other side and trim off any excess wire as close to the beads as you can get.
Optional Bead Dangle
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.)
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.
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.)
Hold the wire in round nose pliers about 1/4 inch above the bead. Wrap the wire around the pliers forming a loop.
.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.
Attach the bead dangle to the end of the beaded strand.
Attach the lobster clasp to the other end.
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!
Note: These are exactly the same instructions as you have above here for free; however, it’s in PDF form so you can easily save it or print it if you like. Thank you for your support!!
ECT TV Episode 83: Beaded Strand Bracelet PDF eBook instructions
Step-by-step photo and written instructions for ECT TV Episode 83.
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.
Bead Dangle Tutorial: Watch Episode 45 or check out the photos for how to make a bead dangle. That part is at the beginning of the episode. Click here.
Get the PDF of this tutorial so you can easily download and save it!
(Note: The instructions are exactly what you see below + photo and written instructions for making a bead dangle that isn’t shown below.)
ECT TV Episode 82: Circle Pendant PDF eBook
PDF eBook for the instructions for ECT TV Episode 82. These are the exact same instructions as seen in this blog post + bead dangle tutorial, but in PDF form.
Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:
Materials and Tools:
20 gauge, half-hard round wire *
Beads – either approximately 12 4mm beads or a bunch of gemstone chips or any other beads you would like to use. You can use more beads or larger beads as well.
Focal bead made into a bead dangle (see above for a link to how to make a bead dangle)
Chain (plus a jump ring) or a cord to wear the pendant (see above for a link to how to make a simple jump ring chain)
Round nose pliers
Chain nose pliers
Bent nose pliers
*Wire: You can use any metal you like. You may have to adjust the gauge of the wire depending on how large the bore hole is in your beads. For these gemstone chips I had to use 22 gauge wire so the beads would slide on. For the example in the video I used 20 gauge wire.
Cut enough wire to hold all of the beads you intend to use plus at least 3 inches extra.
This may vary if you want to make a larger pendant or use larger beads, but for my 12 4mm beads I used about 10 inches of wire.
Slide your bead dangle onto the wire.
Slide beads on the wire, half on each side of the bead dangle.
Form a circle so the beads look continuous.
Twist the wires one full time.
Hold one of the wires in round nose pliers about 1/4 inch above the twist you just made. Wrap the wire around the barrel of the pliers to form a loop.
Hold the loop in chain nose pliers. The loop will probably be off-center. Wrap the wire around once while straightening the loop.
Wrap the wire around 2 more times. Then wrap the other wire around three times.
Trim off the excess wire making a flush cut. Use chain nose pliers to make sure the ends are not poking out.
Use a jump ring to attach to a chain. (Need help opening and closing jump rings? Click here for a video on how to make a jump ring chain and also how to properly open and close jump rings.)
Alternatively, you could twist the loop so it’s perpendicular to the beaded circle and simply slide a cord or chain through it.
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Did you ever make a necklace or bracelet with a lobster clasp and then have the clasp fail and your jewelry piece fall off?
Today’s Jewelry Making Quick Tip will help you!
It’s disappointing and somewhat embarrassing, but this tip will save you that embarrassment.
When you get a bunch of lobster clasps, a few in the bunch will not work. It’s pretty frustrating, but it almost always happens.
Before you use a lobster clasp, work it.
All I mean by that is you simply open and close it about 10 times. If it’s not going to work, you’ll know and you can use a different clasp. If it’s working for those 10 times, then you’re safe.
This is particularly important if you’re planning on selling jewelry. You want to make sure that your customer doesn’t have any issues down the road.
So that’s the Jewelry Making Quick Tip for today. I hope it saves you some frustration and embarrassment.
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Ready to dig in and get started?
The Quick Start Guide to Wire Wrapped Jewelry will give you a solid background in wire wrapped jewelry and teach you all the important things you need to know to successfully create professional wire wrapped jewelry.