Do you have a stash of beads that is taking over your craft room? Do you want to make a new bracelet but don’t want to make another stung bracelet? Then this weeks tip is perfect for you! A wire wrapped link is the perfect way to use your beads in bracelets, necklaces, and earrings in a new and fun way!
- Straighten your wire and make a crisp bend about 1 inch from the end. Don’t make the bend any deeper than 90 degrees.
- Using a round nose plier or a 2-3mm looping plier, make a small loop with the short end of the wire next to the bend.
- Grasp the loop with a pair of flat nose pliers and wrap the short end of wire around under the loop for 2 wraps. Do not trim.
- Thread one bead onto the long end of the wire, sliding the bead to touch the wraps under the first loop.
- Make a second crisp bend 1/16th of an inch from the top of the bead.
- Form a second loop, the same size as the first. Trim the long end of wire to about 3/4 inch and set the remaining wire aside for the other wrapped links.
- Grasping the new loop with your flat nose pliers, wrap the tail end around 2-3 times. Alternatively wrap a little more of each side until the bead is held snugly in the center of the link.
- Now trim both tails of wire as close to the bead as possible and tuck them down to avoid snagging, and you are done!