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How to... WIRE WRAPPED BEAD LINKS

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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