Now, I know some of you out there would never, ever cheap out on wine, or what kind of glass you drink it from. That’s cool. I get it. I’m not a wine aficionado myself. That means my wine glasses are from the dollar store, because they only come out of the glass rack a few times a year anyway. (Oh, but my martini glass collection? Different story altogether.) Whichever kind of fan you are, though – this is a fun way to dress up the stem of your fancy glass. I thought beading the stem of the glass would be a fun alternative to wine charms, and a way to add color and flair. See, I’m not much of a painter – I’m a beader. So beads it is for me. If you’re the same (or just like the look!) then I’ll show you today how to add beads to a wine glass.
What you will need:
- A wine glass
- Size 6/0 seed beads
- 18-gauge wire (I like silver-plated copper)
- Wire cutters and (possibly your jewelry pliers for securing the very edges)
First, cut a length of wire about 4 feet long. I know that sounds like a lot but keep in mind we will be going around the glass several times, because the beads are not that wide.
Wrap your wire around the base of your glass about 3 times. You may find it won’t stay put, but that’s okay, it can rotate for now.
String on some beads. LOTS of beads. Like a couple feet. You can do this a little at a time, and wrap as you go, or all at once – it won’t really matter.
When you’ve got your beads on, wrap the beaded wire around the stem. I find it easiest to hold the beaded wire steady, and rotate the glass itself, but hey – if you have an easier technique, go for it! When you get to the top, wrap your wire around the stem several times to finish it off. Trim off any excess.
You might notice above that the very end of the wire sticks out ever so slightly. Visually that’s no big deal but we are talking about something that people will have in their hands or may catch on a sleeve, so be sure you have it firmly around the glass. Use your pliers if you need to to press it all the way against the glass.
And that’s it!
You can make each glass the same to match a party color scheme, or you can use a different color theme for each to help identify glasses. It’s quick and it’s an inexpensive way to make your glasses unique.
So I have to ask – are you a wine fan? What’s your favorite?