Sunday, January 6, 2013

FREE Tutorial: Wire-Wrapped Bead Dangles

In this free tutorial, I'd like to show you how to make bead dangles on headpins, with double-wrapped eye-pin loops and spirals on top, as pictured above.
Start with some beads (bead caps optional) of your choice and two headpins if making dangles for earrings. Load up both headpins with your selection of beads, and take up one headpin in the middle of the small round-nose pliers about an inch or so above the top bead:
Turn your tool around, taking the wire with it, wrapping the wire once around the bottom jaw of the round-nose pliers. Note that the wire is wrapped around to the right, toward the hinge in the pliers' jaws:
If you wish to wrap the wire around the tool a second time, you must open the pliers very wide and bring the wire behind the top jaw on the pliers:
Continue wrapping the wire around the bottom jaw on the tool; again, wrapping the wire around to the right:
Here you can see that the wire is wrapped twice around the bottom jaw of the pliers and that the beads have stopped further movement:
The two loops now must be centered on top of the beads before the "neck" area between the loops and the beads can be wrapped with wire. To accomplish this, slip just the tips of the round-nose pliers into both loops as shown:
Bend the wire beneath the loops back sharply. This is known as "breaking the neck":
Reinsert the round-nose pliers into the loops as far as the tool will go, and orient the pliers as shown, with the bead facing away from you and the wrapping wire pointed to the left:
Use chain-nose pliers to wrap the wire up and over, in the space between the loops and the first bead:
Continue wrapping the wire around the "neck," taking care not to kink up the wire end:
Once you've wrapped the neck a few times, you can either clip off the wire end or spiral it in. To start a spiral, grasp the wire end in the very tips of the small round-nose pliers and form a tight loop:
Tighten this loop further by grasping it in the very tips of the chain-nose pliers, taking care not to smash it:
Spiral in the wire using the inner flat surface of the chain-nose (or flat-nose) pliers:
Use chain-nose or flat-nose pliers to tuck the spiral against the bead dangle, and you're finished!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Many more wire jewelry techniques and projects are found in my instructional DVDs and eBooks, including Arty Jewelry, Arty Jewelry II, Arty Jewelry III, and Arty Jewelry IV. If you would like live instruction on jewelry making techniques, I teach day classes at local jewelry stores in the Southern California area, and during my Wild Wire Women retreats held in my mountain home in Idyllwild, California.
Happy wrapping,


Mahalakshmi said...

Wonderful Idea...looks very nice!

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