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Hi everybody! This is Jessica from JewelryTutorialHQ.com and Bespangled Beads on Etsy.
I've got a quick project for you today: We're going to learn how to wire wrap a bead on
This is a basic jewelry making technique that is great for everyone to know.
A headpin is just a straight piece of wire that has some kind of stopper on the end.
This is the most basic kind - it's just like a little pin.
This one is about an inch and a half long. And I'm just going to thread on my pearl.
You'll see I've got plenty of room left. Using my round nose pliers, I'm going to make a
right angle bend towards me.
And you'll notice that I've left a little bit of space between that bend and the bead.
That is where the wire wraps are going to go.
Now we are going to bend the end of the wire up over the top
of the plier jaw until you can't go anymore,
and then you're going to need to reposition your pliers like this.
So we started out here and we need to make the move here. That will allow us to continue
to pull the end of the wire all the way around and make a 90 degree angle like this.
Everything needs to be perpendicular - that is the key to a successful straight wire wrap.
Using my chain nose pliers now, I'm going to the loop -
and by the way, if you want to add this link to something, now is the time to do it.
I'm going to grab the loop with my chain nose pliers, making sure the wire tail is in line
with the pliers and the bead is at a 90 degree angle, so it's perpendicular.
And I'm going to start twisting the end of the wire around.
You need to maintain that 90 degree angle as you twist, so if you bend the bead out
of whack, you need to put it back in place.
Now as you get toward the end, if you need to you can use another pair of pliers to grab
that end and just keep twisting it around.
I like to leave a little bit of movement on the bead - if you pull it too tight the head
of the headpin can pop right off!
I'm using my fine tipped flush cutters to just snip as close as I can the excess wire.
And if you've got a little bit sticking out you can use your chain nose pliers to just
squeeze it gently, and that's it!
Now you can add this to an ear wire, or use a jump ring to attach it to something.
I hope you enjoyed this project and if you liked what you saw, be sure to subscribe to
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See you next time!