Wire Wrapped Turquoise Bracelet Tutorial

Wire Wrapped Turquoise Bracelet TutorialI love big chunky bracelets.  I found these big chunky turquoise beads on Happy Mango Beads and knew I wanted them for a bracelet.

Turquiose beadI 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.

Pewter ClaspI 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.

Wire wrapped interlocking link tutorialMaterials 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
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • 2 Pairs of pliers – I used chain nose pliers and bent nose pliers

Step #1

Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Link TutorialCut a piece of 20 gauge wire that is a couple inches longer on each side of the bead.

Step #2

Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Link Bracelet TutorialHold the wire with round nose pliers a couple of inches from the end of the wire.

Step #3

Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Link Bracelet Tutorial

Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Link Bracelet TutorialBend the wire down around the barrel of the pliers.

Step #4

Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Link Bracelet TutorialInterlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Link Bracelet TutorialTake 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

Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Link Bracelet Tutorial

Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Link Bracelet Tutorial

Continue wrapping around the wire.  Wrap a few times trying to keep the wraps even and tight.

Step #6

Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Link Bracelet TutorialSlide 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.

Step #7

Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Link Bracelet TutorialInterlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Link Bracelet Tutorial

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.

Step #8

Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Link Bracelet TutorialSlide one loop of the first bead link into the started loop of the 2nd bead link.

Step #9Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Link Bracelet TutorialHold the loop in chain nose pliers and complete the wrap just like in step #5.

Step #10

Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Link Bracelet TutorialContinue until your bracelet is the desired length.

Step #11

Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Link Bracelet TutorialInterlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Link Bracelet TutorialOpen 2 jump rings and attach one part of the clasp to each end.

How to Make a BraceletThen I also made a necklace!

How to make a necklaceHow to Make a Bracelet

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

 

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

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.

You can find the plain Wire Wrapped  Circle Pendant here.

Or the Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads here.

Skills that you will learn in this tutorial:

  • Basic wire wrapping of a circle.
  • Making a bead link.
  • Making a bead dangle.

Now onto How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles:

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Necklace

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
  • Wire cutters
  • 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.

Step #1

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

Cut about 2 1/2 feet of wire.

Step #2

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

Wrap the wire around your ring mandrel (or highlighter or whatever you’re using to wrap around) approximately 6 times.

Step #3

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

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.

Step #4

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

Clip off the short end you bent up.

Hint: 

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

If at any time your circles start to loose their shape, just slide it back on your ring mandrel.

Step #5

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

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.

Step #6

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

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.

Step #7

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

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.

Step #8

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

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.

Step #9

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

Bend the wire towards you.

Step #10

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

Wrap around one barrel of the pliers and then around the wire one time.

Step #11

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

Take the wire off the pliers.  Use your pliers to straighten the loop and make sure the first wrap is straight, too.

Step #13

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead Dangle

Hold the loop in pliers.  Continue to wrap a few times in the same direction of your first wrap.

Step #14

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead Dangle

Pull the wire off the pliers and trim any excess wire.

Step #15

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead Dangle

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead Dangle

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead Dangle

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead Dangle

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead Dangle

Slide the bead on and repeat for the loop on the other side.  Make sure the loops are going in the same direction.

Step #16

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead Dangle

Now we’re going to make bead dangles to hang from that focal bead.

Slide a bead onto a headpin.

Step #17

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead Dangle

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead Dangle

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!

Step #18

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead Dangle

Make sure your loop is straight.  Then place the bead dangle on one loop of the focal bead.

Step #19

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead Dangle

Then complete the wrap exactly as before.

I made 4 dangles for my pendant.

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead Dangle

Step #20

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead Dangle

Attach the beads to the wire wrapped circle using a jump ring.

Step #21

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads

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!

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