Monday, April 15, 2013

{Tutorial} Wrapped Wire Beads

A tutorial  for making your own beads using a  simple wire wrapping technique.

Wire cutters
Chain nose pliers
Wood dowel
22ga Wire

Step 1: Measure and cut 24 inches of wire.

Step 2: Leaving a tail of about 4 inches from the end, wrap the wire once around your wooden dowel.

Step 3: Continue to wrap the short end of the wire around the dowel.

Step 4: Using your chain nose pliers, push the end of the wire down, against the dowel.

Step 5:  Now take the remaining long end of the wire, and start to wrap the wire over itself, crisscrossing randomly.

Step 6: Continue to wrap all of the wire over itself. Then using your chain nose pliers, tuck the end in so it doesn't stick out.

Step 7: Slide the wire off of the wooden dowel and you're done!

 If you use a smaller gauge, cut a longer piece of wire.

Once you remove the bead from the wooden dowel, tuck the first end of the wire into the bead hole.

Combine lots of wire beads in different colors


  1. These are a must for some future pieces! Thanks for the idea and must say, your necklace is so cute!

  2. Great Tut Rochelle! Thanks for sharing, I can see using some of these in my spring designs.

  3. These are so cute! Love the wire you have used. I made tornado beads in a somewhat similar method.


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