Here is an easy wire wrapping technique that can be used to dress up almost any kind of bead. It works particularly well on larger round beads.
• (8/10) 10 mm Round Beads
• (1) roll 18 ga. Copper Wire
• (2”) 16 ga. Copper Wire
• (1) 4 mm Copper Jump Ring
• Wire Cutters
• Round Nose Pliers
• Chain Nose Pliers
• Tape Measure
• Hammer (from hardware store)
• Steel Block (from hardware store)
1. Cut 14” of 18 ga. copper wire and using your round nose pliers make a small wire wrapped loop at the center.
2. String bead on vertical wire and make another small wire wrapped loop at the other end.
3. Holding the top wire wrapped loop with your chain nose pliers, begin to gently wrap the wire over the top of the bead. Make approx 5/6 wraps. Be careful to apply even tension and pressure and you will form a bead cap.
11. For the dangle bead begin by making a spiral as shown. It should be about the same size as the other bead caps.
13. Make an “S” hook using the 16 ga copper wire. Hammer it on the steel block to harden. Attach it to the last bead as shown. Hook the “S” hook in the jump ring to close. The dangle bead will keep the bracelet evenly weighted so it does not spin on your wrist.
Be sure to wave your hand and show off your bracelet at every opportunity!
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Jewelry designer Eva Sherman began beading as a way to spend time with her daughters, but soon became hopelessly addicted. She traded in her architectural career, as well as her bank account for the opportunity to spend all her time among beads. Grand River Beads and Gift Gallery opened in 2005 and has become a destination for jewelry designers looking for unique beads as well art appreciators looking for locally created, hand crafted art. Eva’s jewelry designs have been featured in Stringing Magazine, Step By Step Wire and Bead Trends. More of Eva’s work work here.