Have you always wanted to learn how to make a wire-wrapped bracelet? If so, you’ve come to the right place! Today we’ll show you how with just a few basic jewelry making skills for beading with wire, you can create your own beautiful, delicate bracelets, complete with wire-wrapped beads.
Wire-wrapped beads tutorial
Materials you will need:
- 24 gauge copper wire – (6 pieces 2.5″, 5 pieces 3″ – 3.5″)
- 6 – 8 mm rondelles – (I am using blue jasper)
- 15 – 6 mm Czech glass beads
- 10 – 4 mm copper daisy spacers
- Clasp (I am using a one inch focal clasp of my own from my Natural Impressions line)
- 2 – 4, 5 mm jumprings if not provided with your clasp
Tools you will need:
- Round nose pliers
- Flat nose pliers
- Flush cutters
- In this tutorial, I will share with you the technique I use for making wire-wrapped loops. I suggest you read Kate Wilkonson’s post on wire-wrapping with beads for some great tips and an alternative for making wrapped loops. Try out different techniques to see which one resonates with you!
- Before we actually start, I’d like to point out that you’ll need to attach the clasp once you’ve finished making your bead wrap chain. The wrapped loops you are creating will need to be big enough for the jump rings to fit through. You want to make sure you can add the clasp once you’ve finished creating a beautiful bead-wrapped chain.
We’ll begin by making five sets of wire-wrapped Czech glass beads and daisy spacers.
Using one of the 3″ – 3.5″ copper wires, create a wrapped loop on one end. Hold the wire with your round nose pliers approximately 1/2″ down on the wire.
Keeping the wire in the round nose pliers, bend your entire hand one-quarter turn toward you, creating a 90-degree bend in the wire.
Use your finger to push wire over the top of the round nose pliers to create a loop.
Notice the placement of the loop that was created above. I have moved the loop from the top rung of the pliers to the bottom rung. I feel this simple action helps to create a nice round wrapped loop. I move the round nose pliers to my non-dominate hand. Using flat nose pliers in my dominate hand, I grasp the tail of the wire and begin wrapping around the main wire. I aim for 2 and 1/2 wraps around the main wire.
Trim the tail using flush cutters. You have just created your first wrapped loop.
Now, check and make sure your jump rings will fit into this wrapped loop. Round nose pliers have tapered jaws, make your loops larger by moving up the jaw of the plier or smaller by moving closer to the tip of the jaw.
Add one Czech glass bead, one daisy spacer, one Czech glass bead, one daisy spacer, one Czech glass bead to the wire.
Use the same bead wrapping techniques to complete a wrapped loop on the other end to finish the Czech glass set.
Tip: I try to keep my round nose pliers as close as is possible to the bead before making my 90-degree bend. This helps me to keep the number of wraps close to 2 and 1/2 times.
Trim excess wire with flush cutters and use chain nose pliers to flatten and tuck in the cut ends. You will need 5 of these Czech glass bead sets.
Now we’ll begin to join the Czech glass bead sets to a single wrapped blue jasper bead to form a chain.
Use a 2.5 inch cut of copper wire. Begin to create the wire-wrapped loop using round nose pliers.
Add one of the Czech glass units to the loop.
Pick up the entire piece with the round nose pliers (as shown above) and complete the wrap.
Add a blue jasper bead to the wire.
Begin another wrapped loop on the end of this wire. Don’t complete the wrap just yet.
Add a Czech glass set to this end of the jasper bead wrap.
Hold using the round nose pliers (as shown above) and complete by wrapping the tail 2 and 1/2 times around. Sometimes you might need to wrap a little more or a little less depending on how much room you have on the wire. You want the bead to fit snuggly between the wraps.
Continue connecting all the Czech glass sets by adding a blue jasper bead wrap in this manner and before you know it you’ll have a bead wrap chain!
This tutorial is designed to make a 7.5-inch bracelet. The size of the clasp will determine the bracelet sizing. You can easily adjust the finished bracelet size by adding or subtracting the number of wire-wrapped bead sets.
I always go back over my wire wraps to make sure all the cut ends are tucked in. Use flat nose pliers to secure these ends so they don’t catch and snag on anything.
Add the toggle portion of the clasp by opening the jump ring and feeding through the end loop of the chain. Close the jump ring.
Add the focal clasp to the other end of the chain, and you’re finished!