How to... WIRE WRAPPED BEAD LINKS
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.
Grasp the wire with round nose pliers about 1 inch from one end, with the short end facing upward.
Bend the wire away from you.
Adjust grip a quarter turn counter-clockwise.
Bend short end wire back.
Continue bending the wire back over the round nose pliers with the short end behind the long end.
Wrap shorter wire around longer wire two times creating a coil.
Cut excess with wire cutters.
String bead on to wire.
Grasp wire with pliers at base of the bead.