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Wire Bead Cage


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Sometimes gemstone beads can be a little too plain and uniform in colour particularly if they are very large. However, encasing them in a bead cage instantly makes them much more interesting and adds unity to a piece of jewellery. A bead cage is also useful for protecting delicate beads and evening out the size of nugget beads. This tutorial will show you a quick and easy method of encasing any shape or size of bead in a wire cage. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Make a spiral make a loop SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 2.5cm/1"

Supplies Needed

  • 20cm/7 3/4" of 0.8mm/20 ga wire.
  • 5cm/2" piece of 1mm/18 gauge wire
  • 1 14mm bead

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Martine Callaghan
Martine Callaghan
My passion for jewellery designing and making started 12 years ago with a silversmithing course and I have since embraced other techniques such as stringing, bead weaving, chain maille, resin but my true love is wirework in which I now specialize. I have contributed a monthly project to Beads & Beyond for the past 3 years, written numerous tutorials which I sell on my website and I am the author of The Absolute Beginner's Guide: Making Wire Jewellery (published by Kalmbach books) which teaches you in great detail all the basic techniques you need to become proficient at wirework. Don't forget to download my free tutorial about the basic tools you need to get started in wirework.