Slide a bead on your 20 gauge wire. Leave about 3″ of wire on each side of the bead and cut the wire.
Center the bead on the wire. Cross the wire over in the top, middle of the bead.
Twist the wire once.
If your wires ended up being two different lengths, use the longer one for this step. If they’re the same length, it doesn’t matter which wire you use.
Hold one of the wires in round nose pliers just above the twist you made.
Wrap the wire toward you and around the pliers in between the twist and the pliers forming a loop.
The loop will probably be off center and you want it centered in the middle of the bead. I straighten the loop by holding the loop in chain nose pliers and while I wrap the wire around one time I straighten the loop so it’s centered.
Now I switch hands and continue wrapping a few times with the first wire.
Then wrap around a few times with the other wire. Go in the direction that the wire wants to go.
Keep your wraps close together and straight as possible.
Trim off any excess wire.
Make sure your wire ends are not poking out using your chain nose pliers to make sure they’re pushed in.
Repeat for all 4 beads.
Open up earring wires and add the beads. I added the longer bead first and the shorter one in the front.
Close the earring wires.
I hope you found this tutorial helpful!
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This month I’m working my way though my own book, Wire Wrapping For Beginners, and making 1 project per day. I wanted to show you different examples of the projects while making myself some new jewelry!
Today is Day 6 and the project is Earrings with Side Drilled Beads.
But I didn’t make earrings….
That’s right, I made a pendant. Isn’t this cool? It’s recycled glass. I love it. I’m wearing it right now and I don’t know if I’ll take it off anytime soon!
I did this to show you that you can use these tutorials in different ways. So even though it’s an earrings tutorial, you can use the skills you learned to make something else.
If you want to create along with me, grab the Wire Wrapping For Beginners book. (You can purchase and instantly download the e-version or get the print version shipped to you!)