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March 15, 2017


When I started making jewelry, I was fortunate enough to have a friend show me how to do some simple wire-wrapping. Everything else, I learned with video and step-by-step blog posts. Unfortunately, the majority of these posts would stop at step ten and tell me to go back and repeat steps. I found this a little frustrating, as I am a very visual learner. 












Here is my step-by-step guide to making a wire wrapped bead link. 






Step one:

Begin with a flush-cut length of wire at least 4 inches long.



























Step two: 


Grasp the wire with round nose pliers about 1 inch from one end, with the short end facing upward.























Step three:


Bend the wire away from you.




























Step four:


Adjust grip a quarter turn counter-clockwise.



























Step five: 


Bend short end wire back. 




























Step six: 


Continue bending the wire back over the round nose pliers with the short end behind the long end.

























Step seven:


Wrap shorter wire around longer wire two times creating a coil.


























Step eight:


Cut excess with wire cutters.




























Step nine:


String bead on to wire.



























Step ten: 


Grasp wire with pliers at base of the bead.



























Step eleven:


Bend the wire at a 90-degree angle just above the bead. I use the length of the plier nose – this length typically equals 2 wire wraps.























Step twelve: 


While keeping your grip with you pliers, wrap the wire over the top round nose.


























Step thirteen:


Continue bending the wire back over the round nose pliers with the short end behind the long end.
























Step fourteen: 


Pull wire across longer wire and wrap wire around approximately 2 times creating a coil until you hit the link.


Both sides should have the same number of wraps.




















Step fifteen:


Cut excess with wire cutters.














































I really hope you find this helpful! If at any point you find this to be difficult or incorrect, please do not hesitate to let me know!

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