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Beads in a Loop

Instructions for adding a bead to a loop of jewelry wire -- a jewelry making technique:

Beads Added to the Large Jewelry Wire Loops Necklace Jewelry Making Project

Beads added to Lisa's Earrings Jewelry Making Project

 

 

These are instructions for adding beads to a jewelry wire component such as an earring or link.  This technique is important when making earrings like the ones shown at left or when making bracelets or necklaces like the one shown above-right.  Please select either picture to view our instructions for making that jewelry wire comonent. 

This jewelry making technique works best with 21 gauge 1/2 round wire, but 22 or 24 gauge round wire will work.  About 3 inches of this fine gauge of jewelry wire are required per component.  For these instructions we will show the steps involved in permanently mounting a bead inside the loop of our teardrop wire component shown in the earrings we made at left. 

Jewelry Making Supplies Required:

Jewelry Making Tools Required:

  • About 3 inches of 21 gauge 1/2 round jewelry wire or about 3 inches of 22 or 24 gauge round jewelry wire
  • Nylon Jaw Pliers
  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Chain Nose or Bent Chain Nose Pliers
  • Flush Cutter

Jewelry Making Skills Required:

  • Ability to make a "U" shaped bend in jewelry wire using round nose pliers.
  • Ability to straighten jewelry wire using nylon jaw pliers
  • Ability to wrap jewelry wire around other jewelry wire to make a permanent connection.
  • Ability to cut jewelry wire using a flush cutter. 

Step-by-step instructions for adding beads to a loop or circle of jewelry wire using common jewerly making tools:

Adding beads to a jewelry making project using jewelry wire, step 1.Adding beads to a jewelry wire loop, a jewelry making project, Step 2

 

Step 1:  Use your round nose pliers and make a very small "U" shaped bend in the 21 gauge 1/2 round or 22 gauge jewelry wire about 3/4" from one end of a segment of jewelry wire at least 3 inches long.  (If the jewelry wire isn't relatively straight, first straighten the jewelry wire with your nylon jaw pliers.)

Step 2:  Position the "U" shaped bend on one side of your jewelry wire component as shown above-right.

Step 3:  Wrap the wire tail around the wire in that side of the jewelry wire component for 1-1/2 turns as shown below-left.  Keep the wire tail as close to perpendicular to the component as possible so that your wrap will be tight.

Step 4:  Cut the excess wire with your flush cutter about 1/16" from the edge of the component.  

Step 5:  Using your bent chain nose pliers, squeeze the cut end of the wire flat against the inside of the component.  Slide the wire to the position shown and try to keep it in this position during the following steps.


Step 3 to adding beads to a jewelry wire loop for decorating a jewelry making project.



Step 4 to adding beads to a jewelry wire loop as part of a jewelry making project.

Step 6 to adding beads to a loop of jewelry wire to decorate a jewelry making project.

Step 3 and 4 Step 5 Step 6

Step 6:  Thread beads onto the fine gauge wire.  Position the beads in the position shown above-right.  Now we are ready to wrap the fine gauge wire around the other side of the component.

Adding beads to a jewelry wire loop to decorate a jewelry making project, step 7.
Step 7:  Using your fingers, wrap the fine gauge wire about half-way around Adding beads to a jewelry wire loop to decorate a jewelry making project, Step 9.the component.  At this point, we can not wrap further because the wire tail is too long. 

Step 8:  Using your flush cutters, cut the excess 1/2 round or 22 gauge round jewelry wire about 3/8" from the bend.

Step 9:  Using a combination of your fingers and your bent chain nose pliers, wrap the wire tail around the component 1-1/2 times as shown at right. 

 

Step 10:  Cut the excess 1/2 round or 22 gauge round  jewelry wire 1/16" from the wrap.  Finished jewelry making project showing beads added to a jewelry wire loop.

Step 11:  Using your bent chain nose pliers, squeeze the wire tail flat against the inside of the component.

This completes your project, your bead or beads are permanently mounted in your loop or circle of your jewelry wire component.

 

 

 



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