Hey friends! I’ve got a fun wire wrapped jewelry project today that’s perfect for beginners. Wire wrapping can be really beautiful, but it can also be intimidating when you see some of the gorgeous wire wrapped creations out there! I’m actually NOT that skilled at wire wrapping myself, but I love the look and I can pull off the basics – which is what I’m going to share with you today! Learn how to make a wire wrapped bead pendant with this quick tutorial.
The inspiration for this simple, understated piece came from my monthly Blueberry Cove Bead box. It’s a monthly bead subscription service that’s a collection of themed beads, often including stone, glass, and ceramic beads, which is exactly what I’m into when it comes to beads. Each month, the box is a surprise until you open it up. Here’s my haul this month!
Now, full disclosure here – I get my bead box free each month, but Blueberry Cove Beads does not pay me to use the product or require me to make anything specific with the contents. So while I did get free beads to share today’s project with you, I’m not being paid to plug the bead service. It’s just really fun to get happy mail, and even better when it’s jewelry supplies! If you want to learn more, subscribe to the monthly box, or pick up a gift subscription for someone, you can read more about the service at Blueberry Cove Beads.
What’s especially fun for me is that each month, there’s a postcard with an optional challenge to participate in. This month, the challenge was just to make a piece of jewelry inspired by the photo! These teardrop beads with watercolor-styled coloring jumped right out at me. So total confession: I used ONE bead from my box to make this month’s project, haha. But it fits my style and I have all these beautiful beads to use in as many other projects as I want!
I also used the following supplies:
- 20-gauge silver plated copper wire (about 8 inches)
- Round nose pliers
- Chain nose pliers
- Wire Cutters
- 18″ chain, 2 jump rings, and a lobster clasp (or you may certainly use a finished necklace chain)
I cut about 8 inches of wire off the coil, and wrapped it around my round nose pliers to make the pendant bail. You’ll notice I formed the loops on the largest part of the pliers, and I also wrapped it twice, because 20-gauge wire is fairly soft. That makes it great for wire wrapping, but I wanted to reinforce the bail with two loops. I left about an inch “tail” on one end of the wire.
Now, add the teardrop bead onto the long end of the wire, and bring the wire up to where the loop of the bail meets the top of the bead – making sort of a figure 8.
Wrap the short end of the wire around the bottom of the bail 1-2 times, and cut off the excess wire – so that you only have the long end of the wire to work with as you wrap.
Now, wrap it starting from the top of the bead, working your way down the bead until it’s wrapped to your liking.
You can see – my wire wrapping isn’t perfect. But guess what? I still get compliments on this piece! Copper wire is really inexpensive, so if you mess up, you can cut it off (or grab a new bead) and start over to get some practice. It might take an extra try to get a feel for how to wrap it smoothly around the bead. Just keep the wraps as close together as you can. When you’re happy with your work, trim off any excess wire.
I really feel like my necklace embodies the painting on the postcard! So I achieved what I set out to do, and now I have a fin piece to wear with other necklaces or on its own.
Thanks for joining me for today’s beginner project! I’ll see you guys again soon!