I love big chunky bracelets. I found these big chunky turquoise beads on Happy Mango Beads and knew I wanted them for a bracelet.
I considered stringing them, but these are substantial beads, so I wanted to make something more secure and stable. Bracelets can easily get caught on things and before you know it, the bracelet is in pieces if you have strung it. When you use wire, this is much less likely to happen. Even if you do pull it apart somehow, you won’t lose all of your beads.
I also love this big chunky clasp, also from Happy Mango Beads. This clasp is perfect for this bracelet for ease of putting on such a chunky bracelet.
If you learn better via video, the above video shows you how to make the bead links and how to interlock them. I’ll also show you via the photos below.
Materials and Tools:
Turquoise Magnesite Oval Tabular Beads 30mm
Pewter Toggle 30mm (at the time of this post, it seems to be sold out, but any big clasp would work)
20 gauge wire
Round nose pliers
2 Pairs of pliers – I used chain nose pliers and bent nose pliers
Cut a piece of 20 gauge wire that is a couple inches longer on each side of the bead.
Hold the wire with round nose pliers a couple of inches from the end of the wire.
Bend the wire down around the barrel of the pliers.
Take the wire off the pliers. Then hold the loop in chain nose pliers and twist around while straightening the loop so it’s centered.
Step # 5
Continue wrapping around the wire. Wrap a few times trying to keep the wraps even and tight.
Slide a bead on the wire.
For the first bead for the bracelet, you’ll just finish the link by completing a wire wrapped link following steps #2 – 5 again.
For the rest of the beads, you’ll be linking the beads together following the instructions below.
Hold the wire in the round nose pliers and wrap around one barrel of the pliers like in step #3, but do not finish the wrap.
Slide one loop of the first bead link into the started loop of the 2nd bead link.
Step #9Hold the loop in chain nose pliers and complete the wrap just like in step #5.
Continue until your bracelet is the desired length.
Open 2 jump rings and attach one part of the clasp to each end.
This fun pendant is another variety the wire wrapped circle pendant that I have already shown you 2 versions of. I love working with wire, and this tutorial will teach you some basic skills you’ll need to get started.
Now onto How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles:
Materials and Tools:
24 gauge wire, about 2 1/2 feet
20 gauge wire, a short piece
Beads. I used 4 smaller beads and one larger bead
Headpins, 1 for each of the dangle beads
A jump ring
Round nose pliers
2 pairs of pliers, I used bent nose and needle nose
Something to wrap around – I used a ring mandrel, but you could use a highlighter or big marker or anything that’s the size you want your pendant to be.
Cut about 2 1/2 feet of wire.
Wrap the wire around your ring mandrel (or highlighter or whatever you’re using to wrap around) approximately 6 times.
Carefully remove the wire from the mandrel, holding the loops together so they don’t lose their shape.
On the end of the wire that is part of the loop (not the long end of the wire), I like to bent up so it’s easy to find. Then wrap the long end of the wire around the loop wire, making sure to capture the other end in the wire.
Wrap around several times until it’s secure and you like how it looks.
Clip off the short end you bent up.
If at any time your circles start to loose their shape, just slide it back on your ring mandrel.
Grasp the wire between the barrels of round nose pliers close to the circle. Wrap the wire toward you, around the barrel of the round nose plier, between the pliers and the pendant.
This will – no doubt – create a crooked loop on the top of your pendant. Use pliers to straighten out the loop so it’s centered on the top of the pendant.
Hold the loop you just made with pliers and continue wrapping the wire around the loop in the same direction that you started with your first loop.
Trim off any excess wire.
Now we’re going to make the bead link for the focal bead of this piece. Cut off a piece of 20 gauge wire. (How long depends upon your bead size.)
Make a wire wrapped loop on one end, just like you did for the pendant. Hold the wire in round nose pliers.
Bend the wire towards you.
Wrap around one barrel of the pliers and then around the wire one time.
Take the wire off the pliers. Use your pliers to straighten the loop and make sure the first wrap is straight, too.
Hold the loop in pliers. Continue to wrap a few times in the same direction of your first wrap.
Pull the wire off the pliers and trim any excess wire.
Slide the bead on and repeat for the loop on the other side. Make sure the loops are going in the same direction.
Now we’re going to make bead dangles to hang from that focal bead.
Slide a bead onto a headpin.
Begin to make a wire wrapped loop. Wrap the head pin around the pliers and between the bead and pliers.
Do not complete a wrap!
Make sure your loop is straight. Then place the bead dangle on one loop of the focal bead.
Then complete the wrap exactly as before.
I made 4 dangles for my pendant.
Attach the beads to the wire wrapped circle using a jump ring.
Put your pendant on your favorite chain or cord and it’s done!
I hope you like this tutorial! Please leave any questions or comments below, or link to a photo of your creation!