Wire Wrapped Button Bracelet Tutorial

How to make a wire wrapped button braceletLearn how to make buttons into wire wrapped links that you can then use to make jewelry.

How to make a wire wrapped button braceletMaterials:

  • Buttons:  really pretty wood buttons with floral designs from K & C Supplies.  Click here to get them!
  • Beads:  Autumn Colors Glass Beads from Happy Mango Beads.
  • 18 Gauge wire
  • 20 gauge wire
  • 5 or 6 7 mm jump rings
  • Lobster claw clasp
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • A second pair of pliers (chain nose, bent nose, etc.)
  • Optional:  Nylon jaw pliers

If you learn via video better, I shot a video tutorial on how to make the button links:

Step #1

How to make a wire wrapped button braceletCut a piece of the 18 gauge wire to about 6 inches (you could use 20 gauge if that’s what you have).

Bend it loosely in half.

Step #2

How to make a wire wrapped button braceletPull the wire onto the button like in the photo.  It will click into place.

Step #3

How to make a wire wrapped button braceletHow to make a wire wrapped button braceletBend out the wire ends, sort of like how you bend out the prongs on a brad.

Step #4

How to make a wire wrapped button braceletMake a mark on your chain nose pliers about halfway down.  It’s not important where the mark is made, but it is important that you use that mark throughout the entire project.

Hold the wire above the button and line it up with the mark on the pliers.

Step #5

How to make a wire wrapped button braceletBend the wire in a 90 degree angle against the edge of the pliers.

Step #6

How to make a wire wrapped button braceletPlace your round nose pliers in the bend.

(You’ll notice that I also have a mark on my round nose pliers to ensure uniform loops throughout the project as well.)

Step #7

How to make a wire wrapped button braceletWrap around the barrel of the pliers and under (between the pliers and the button).

Then straighten the loop.

Step #8

How to make a wire wrapped button braceletHold the loop in chain nose pliers and use another pair of pliers to make wraps until you reach the button.  Clip any excess wire and make sure it’s not poking out.

Step #9

How to make a wire wrapped button braceletRepeat for the other side.

Make 4 of these links (or however many you need for the length of your bracelet.)

How to make a wire wrapped button bracelet

Step #10

How to make a wire wrapped button braceletI created 3 bead dangles to hang between each button.  You could use regular store bought head pins if you like, but I made my own spiral head pins.

Cut about 3 inches of the 20 gauge wire.

Hold between the round nose pliers.  The wire should not be poking up through the top.

Step #11

How to make a wire wrapped button braceletRoll your wrist away from you wrapping the wire around the barrel of the pliers.  At the same time use your fingers to wrap it as well.

Roll as far as you can, readjust the pliers and then repeat to complete a loop.  It should look like a P.

How to make a wire wrapped button braceletStep #12

How to make a wire wrapped button braceletHow to make a wire wrapped button braceletHold the loop in chain nose pliers.  Bend the wire up and spiral around the original loop by readjusting the wire and bending it around.

Step #13

How to make a wire wrapped button braceletHow to make a wire wrapped button braceletBend the wire up so it’s straight above the spiral.

Step #14

How to make a wire wrapped button bracelet

Slide 3 or 4 beads onto the wire.

Step #15

How to make a wire wrapped button braceletCreate a wire wrapped loop as described above in steps #4 – 8.

How to make a wire wrapped button braceletStep #16

How to make a wire wrapped button braceletOpen a 7 mm jump ring.  If you need help with this, check out my video on how to properly open and close jump rings.

Step #17

Wire wrapped Button Bracelet DIYAdd a button link, 3 bead dangles and then another button link. The button links should be facing each other with the dangles sandwiched in the middle.

Wire wrapped Button Bracelet DIYClose the jump ring.

Step #18

Continue doing this to add all of the button links.

Step #19

Wire wrapped Button Bracelet DIYAdd a lobster clasp to one side using a jump ring and then a few jump rings to the other side.

I added some dangles to the the jump ring holding the lobster clasp and to the end of the other jump rings as well.

Wire wrapped Button Bracelet DIYNow you have a fun and unique new bracelet!  Add more buttons or a chain to make a necklace instead!


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Recycled Glass Bead Knotted Jewelry Set Tutorial

Recycled Glass Bead JewelryI’ve been eying up these recycled glass beads from Happy Mango Beads.  As you may know, recycled jewelry is kind of my thing.

I was out of beading wire (I know, crazy, right?!?) and didn’t feel like running out to get some more.  That is how I came up with this design and technique.  Necessity is the mother of invention, as they say.

Recycled Glass Bead Jewelry IMG_9573Materials and Tools:

For Necklace:

  • Clear Round Tabular Recycled Glass Beads – Indonesia 14mm (You’ll need a full strand for the necklace and a partial strand for the earrings and bracelet)
  • Cotton Cord – you can get this at Fire Mt. Gems or at most crafts stores – 1mm
  • Scissors

For Bracelet:

  • All of the above from the necklace, plus:
  • Crimp ends – I got mine at AC Moore, they sell them on Fire Mt. Gems, too.
  • 2 Jump rings
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Pewter Toggle 18mm

For Earrings:

  • 4 of the recycled glass beads
  • 20 gauge wire
  • Earring wires (or make your own)

Recycled Glass Bead Necklace Instructions

This is necklace is especially great for those of you who have metal allergies!  No metal involved.

Step #1

Cut some cord.  I started out with more than twice the length of the necklace I wanted and had some excess.  Figure out how long you want your necklace and double it.

Step #2

Recycled Glass TutorialNow we’re going to start beading.  Make a knot, add a bead, make a knot, add a bead, etc.

When you are making your knots, keep them close to the beads.

Before your first knot, leave several inches.

Here’s how I did it:

Recycled Glass TutorialHold the cord very close to the last bead and start to make the knot.

Recycled Glass TutorialWhile you are pulling the knot closed, also pull it close to the bead.

Recycled Glass TutorialAs I’m pulling the knot, I hold the cord right next to the bead and make sure to get it right near the bead.

Alternatively, you could use some sort of a stick to make sure you get the knot close to the bead.

Recycled Glass TutorialI beaded one strand of the glass beads.  You can decide how long you would like your necklace.  I considered making it really long, but when I tried it on after beading one strand, it looked perfect so I stopped.

Step #3

Recycled Glass TutorialThe the cord so that it’s even on the ends and then you can tie a bow to create the necklace.  It’s somewhat adjustable in length, just tie the bow in different places.

Recycled Glass Tutorial(Note:  If you prefer to add a clasp to the end, read on for how I added a clasp to my bracelet and use it on your necklace.)

Recycled Glass Bracelet Instructions

Step #1

Measure out cord about twice around your wrist.  Use the same knotting/beading technique as you did for the necklace.

Since a bracelet is difficult to tie on yourself, we’ll add a clasp instead.

Recycled Glass TutorialStep #2

Recycled Glass TutorialAdd a crimp end to each end and then trim off the excess cord.  These are also called “fold over” crimp ends.  Just fold over one side and then the other and squeeze it closed.  Pull on it to make sure it is secure.

Step #3

Recycled Glass TutorialOpen 2 jump rings and add the clasp to each end.

Recycled Glass Bead Bracelet TutorialRecycled Glass Tier Earrings Instructions

Step #1

Recycled Glass Bead Tier Earrings TutorialMake 2 bead links.

For extra help:

Wire Wrapped Bead Link Video Tutorial

Step #2

Recycled Glass Bead Tier Earrings TutorialMake 2 bead dangles.  The holes on these beads are too large for regular head pins, so you can make your own spiral head pins.

For extra help:

Bead Dangle Video Tutorial

Headpin Video Tutorial

Step #3

Recycled Glass Bead Tier Earrings TutorialOpen 2 jump rings and 2 earring wires and assemble your earrings.

For extra help:

How to properly open and close jump rings video tutorial

How to Make Your Own Earring Wires Video Tutorial

Recycled Glass Bead Jewelry TutorialNow you have a full set.

How to Make a Bracelet with Beads and Chain

How to Make a BraceletSometimes (quite often) you need a piece of jewelry to go with an outfit.  That is the case with this bracelet for me.  I had a necklace and I wanted a bracelet to go with it.

I had the idea for this simple bracelet and now I’ll share the tutorial with you, too.

How to Make a BraceletMaterials and Tools:

  • Rainbow Fluorite Round Beads 9-10 mm (From Happy Mango Beads)  You’ll need about 8 of these and then you’ll have a bunch for other projects.
  • Chain
  • Wire
  • 5 jump rings (I used 7 mm jump rings)
  • 1 head pin
  • Clasp
  • Wire Cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • And another set of pliers (square, bent nose or another pair of chain nose)

Instructions:

Step #1

How to Make a BraceletDecide how many beads you’ll need.  I just measured by placing them across my wrist. For this bracelet, you’ll just need beads across the top.  I used 7 beads and it was probably 1 bead too many.  (And I have relatively big wrists.)  So adjust accordingly.

Step #2

How to Make a BraceletCut 20 gauge wire about 5 1/2″ long.  (This could vary depending on how many beads you’re using.)

HINT:  What you’re about to make is a wire wrapped bead link, but with more than just one bead.  You’ll be using all the beads you decided on for step #1 to make one “link”.

I made a video about how to make them, so if you prefer video, watch below:

Step #3

How to Make a Bracelet{You can skip the next few steps if you watched the video!}

Hold the wire in your round nose pliers.

HINT:  I have a mark on my round nose pliers where I make loops.  That way all of my loops are uniform.

Step #4

How to Make a BraceletHow to Make a BraceletWrap the wire around one barrel of the the pliers.

Step #5

How to Make a Bracelet

How to Make a BraceletRemove the loop from the pliers.  The loop will be off to the side.  Straighten it so that it’s above the wire. (I show how to specifically do this in the video)

Step #6

How to Make a BraceletHold the loop with pliers.

Step #7

How to Make a BraceletHolding the other end of the wire with another pair of pliers and wrap around the wire continuing in the same direction 2 more times.

Step #8

How to Make a BraceletTrim off any excess wire and make sure that the end is not poking out.

Step #9

How to Make a BraceletSlide the beads onto the wire.

Step #10

How to Make a BraceletRepeat steps #3 through #8 for the loop on the other side.

Step #11

How to Make a BraceletMake a slight bend in the wire so it fits around your wrist.

Step #12

How to Make a BraceletMake a bead dangle.

Here’s video on how to make a bead dangle.

Step #13

How to Make a BraceletAdd the beads with the loop on either end to the chain with a jump ring.

Need help properly opening jump ringsClick here for my video.

Step #14

How to Make a BraceletMeasure around your wrist to see how long you need the chain.  What I do is measure tightly against my wrist and then when I add the clasp it fits me just right.

Step #15

How to Make a BraceletAdd the other end of the chain to the other end of the bead link.

Step #16

How to Make a BraceletFind the middle of the chain and cut it.

Step #17

How to Make a BraceletAdd each side of the clasp to the bracelet using jump rings.

Step #18

How to Make a BraceletAdd the bead dangle to the circle part of the toggle clasp using a jump ring.

Step #19

How to Make a BraceletEnjoy your new bracelet!!

How to Make a Bracelet

How to Make A Beaded Pendant with Bead Dangles

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesThis is another simple, but elegant design using spirals.  I didn’t actually mean to include spirals when I first started, but as I made this pendant, I added them.  You can certainly skip the spiral at the top as well as the spiral headpins if you prefer to leave them out.

The original idea is from Crafty Jewelry.  I added the spirals and I also teach you to make your own hoop.

The pendant I made is relatively large.  You can make as small of a pendant as you want.

The other way you could customize this is to make it beaded all the way around instead of just one side.

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesMaterials and Tools:

Step #1

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesCut a piece of wire about 13″ long.

Step #2

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesBeaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesHold the wire in the middle with round nose pliers at the largest part of the barrel of the pliers.  Then make a loop by crossing the ends.

Step #3

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesTwist the wire to secure the loop.

Step #4

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesWrap the wire around something round as large as you would like to make your pendant.  I used a hand lotion bottle that was about 1 1/2″- 1 3/4″ across the lid.  (If you’re using something larger or smaller, you’ll need more or less wire to start with.)

You’ll have to push the wire especially where the loop you formed because it will be more in a triangle form.

Cross the wires and make one twist right across from where your loop is.

Step #5

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead Dangles

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesTake the wire off and then untwist it.  (We did this so we’d know how far to bead.)

Straighten one of the sides out just enough to get the beads on.

Step #6

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesSlide the beads on.  If you’re following my exact instructions, you’ll need 17 of the 6mm Turquoise White Heart Trade Beads.

Step #7

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesBeaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesPut the wire back on the circle thing you used to begin with and reform the circle.  Twist the wire twice and make sure it’s secure.

Step #8

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesTake the wire off.

Step #9

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesBeaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesHold one wire with your round nose pliers and wrap around one barrel.

Step #10

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesTake the loop off the round nose pliers and hold in chain nose pliers. Straighten the loop.

Continue wrapping that one wire in the same direction, but do not wrap the other wire.

Make sure your loop is secure.  I left a little extra wire at the end that I didn’t cut off until later.

Step #11

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesNow we’re going to make a spiral with the other wire.

Make a flush cut on the end of the wire.

Hold the end of the wire between your round nose pliers.  The wire should be at the end but not poking through the pliers.

Twist the pliers away from you, using your wrist.  Once you go as far as you can, leave your pliers inside the loop but readjust the pliers and then finish the loop.

Step #12

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesThe loop will look like a “p”.

Step #13

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesHold the loop you made in chain nose pliers.

Step #14

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesBend the wire around the original loop to make a spiral.

Step #15

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesPush down the spiral like shown.

Step #16

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesNow we’re going to make a few spiral headpins to make dangles.

Here’s a video of how to make geometric headpins (including spiral headpins) if you prefer to learn via video.

Cut 3 pieces of wire 3″ long each.

Step #17

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesFollow steps #11 – #14 to create the spiral.  Go around 2 times.  Then bend back the wire to make it straight above the spiral.

Step #18

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesSlide beads onto the headpins.  I made a total of 3:  2 with 2 beads and 1 with 3 beads.

Step #19

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesBeaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesNow we’ll make a bead dangle.  For a video on how to make a bead dangle, click here.

Hold the wire in your round nose pliers.  Bend the wire down and around the barrel of round nose pliers.

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesDo not complete the wrap!

Step #20

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesPlace the dangle on the loop you made on the bottom of the pendant.

Step #21

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesComplete the wrapped loop.

Step #22

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesRepeat for the other dangles.

Step #23

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesSlide on a chain and wear your unique new pendant!


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How to Make Wire Wrapped Triangle Earrings

Wire Wrapped Triange EarringsThese pretty natural turquoise and copper wire wrapped earrings are the perfect compliment to the Wire Wrapped Charm Pendant.

These gorgeous natural turquoise nuggets are the same ones from Happy Mango Beads that I used in that tutorial, too.

Here’s how to make the Wire Wrapped Triangle Earrings:

How to Make Wire Wrapped Triangle EarringsMaterials and Tools:

Step #1

How to Make Wire Wrapped Triangle Earrings

Cut about a five inch length of the 20 gauge copper wire.

Step #2

How to Make Wire Wrapped Triangle EarringsHow to Make Wire Wrapped Triangle EarringsHow to Make Wire Wrapped Triangle EarringsGrab the wire part way down the wire and bend it around one barrel of the round nose pliers.

Step #3

How to Make Wire Wrapped Triangle EarringsTake the wire off the round nose pliers.

Grasp the loop between the pliers of chain nose pliers.  Wrap around the wire a few times.

Step #4

How to Make Wire Wrapped Triangle EarringsCut off any excess wire and make sure the end is tucked in and not poking out.

Step #5

How to Make Wire Wrapped Triangle EarringsSlide one of the natural turquoise nuggets on the wire.

Step #6

How to Make Wire Wrapped Triangle EarringsRepeat steps #2 through #4 for the other side of the bead.

Step #7

Repeat for the second turquoise nugget.

Step #8

How to Make Wire Wrapped Triangle EarringsCut 2 pieces of wire about 5 inches long,one for each earring.

HINT:  It is better to make both of the pair at the same time to make sure they’re the same size.

Step #9

How to Make Wire Wrapped Triangle EarringsHolding the wire in the middle of wire, fold the wire in half.

Step #10

How to Make Wire Wrapped Triangle EarringsStill holding the wire, make a loop.

Step #11

How to Make Wire Wrapped Triangle EarringsThen twist the wire.

Step #12

How to Make Wire Wrapped Triangle EarringsTwist it again.

Step #13

How to Make Wire Wrapped Triangle EarringsHow to Make Wire Wrapped Triangle EarringsPull the wire off the round nose pliers.  Then carefully push the ends closer together, but make sure that the wraps don’t unwrap.

Step #14

How to Make Wire Wrapped Triangle EarringsHow to Make Wire Wrapped Triangle EarringsHow to Make Wire Wrapped Triangle EarringsHow to Make Wire Wrapped Triangle EarringsMake a loop at the end of each side.

Step #15

How to Make Wire Wrapped Triangle EarringsAdjust the width between the 2 loops so it’s the size of the wire wrapped link you made earlier.

Step #16

How to Make Wire Wrapped Triangle EarringsOpen 2 jump rings.

Step #17

How to Make Wire Wrapped Triangle Earrings

How to Make Wire Wrapped Triangle EarringsHow to Make Wire Wrapped Triangle EarringsAttach a loop from the bead link to a link of the triangle with the jump ring.  Then attach the other side.

Repeat for the other earring.

Step #18

Then you can add earring wires.

I didn’t have any pre-made copper earring wires, so I made some of my own.

Step #19

How to Make Wire Wrapped Triangle EarringsCut a piece of wire about 2 and 1/2 inches.

Step #20

How to Make Wire Wrapped Triangle EarringsHow to Make Wire Wrapped Triangle EarringsWrap the wire around a ring mandrel or other round item to make a curve as seen.

Step #21

How to Make Wire Wrapped Triangle EarringsPut a loop in one end.

Step #22

How to Make Wire Wrapped Triangle EarringsPut a bend in the other end of the wire.  This isn’t necessary, but it looks nicer.

Step #23

How to Make Wire Wrapped Triangle EarringsOpen up the loop.

Step #24

How to Make Wire Wrapped Triangle EarringsHow to Make Wire Wrapped Triangle EarringsPlace the loop of the triangle in and then close the loop.

Repeat for the second earring.

How to Make Wire Wrapped Triangle EarringsWire Wrapped Triange EarringsLearn how to make the matching Wire Wrapped Charm Pendant by clicking here.

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