I loved yesterday’s bracelet so much that I had to make it a set! I made a necklace, too. This is actually the faster of the two projects as you will only need to wrap one bead – this necklace should take you less than 10 minutes to make! What do you think?
If you caught yesterday’s tutorial for the wire-wrapped bead bracelet, you will find the wire-wrapping instructions to be exactly the same – I’m just sharing them again in case this is the first of the two tutorials you are visiting. You can also make a pair of earrings to match as well – Natalie’s tutorial at North Shore Days is what inspired both of these pieces!
What you will need:
- Round-nosed pliers – it’s not absolutely essential that they are round, but it will be easier to work with.
- Wire cutters
- 18-gauge wire
- Beads you love (I found these at Hobby Lobby)
- Jump rings
- An 18″ chain
Now, I don’t have a specific length I’m going to tell you to use, here, because a lot of it will depend on how big your beads are and how tightly to choose to wrap them. I used about this much wire (above) for one loop and the wrapping. I used another inch or so for the second loop. So you can either work off the coil, or cut off a similar length.
First, make a loop at the end of your bead. This is where the round-nosed pliers are great, you just loop it right over. Then, twist the excess once or twice around the “neck” of your loop.
Now, wrap your wire around the bead. There’s no rule for how tightly wrapped it should be – whatever you like is fine!
At the bottom end of the bead, take the straight part of the wire and make a second loop, wrapping the tail around the neck just the way you did on the top end. Then, take the tail of the wire you wrapped around your bead, and wrap that around the neck as well.
It’s hard to tell in the above photo bu there are 2 wires there. See below, that might help.
Now, nip the excess off with your wire cutters. You may also want to file the cut edges. Your focal bead is ready!
All you need to do at this point is find the center of your chain, and cut the link, leaving two equal-length halves of chain. Use a jump ring to attach your bead to each end of the chain.