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 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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