Tutorials

BEADED WIRE SPIRAL BRACELET

Today I’m sharing with you another design featuring one of my favourite fusions – macrame and wire work which combine to create this lovely rigid beaded Bangle. You can adapt this to your own style with your choice of beads and can also change the weight of the piece by using a heavier gauge wire

Materials
2mm copper wire
0.60mm copper wire
Focal bead, accent beads and spacers
Copper head pin
10mm heavy gauge closed jump ring
Cutters round nose pliers
Bench vice

Note: This bangle measures 6 1/2 inches (2 1/3 inches diameter). You will need to adjust your wire requirements for the finished size you require and to take into account the size of the beads you use.

Step 1
Cut an 8 ½ inch length of 2mm copper wire. Add the focal beads, centre on the wire and mark the position with a sharpie. Remove the beads and secure one end of the wire in a bench vice.

Step 2
Cut 2 3ft lengths of 0.60mm copper wire. With one length and working from a mark out towards the end of the core work a macrame half square knot spiral pattern until 1 ½ inches of the core wire remains. Use 2 pairs of pliers to pull the wire taught. Instruction for a macrame half square  knot can be found here.

Step 3

Remove from the vice, wrap one of the wire tails around the core 3 times and trim. wrap the second tail it over the first and trim.
Step 4
Add the central beads for the central section, return the core wire to the vice and repeat steps 2 & 3 on the other side,

Step 5
Add a bead to each end of the core wire and turn a simple loop.

Step 6
Take a 10mm copper jump ring and place it over the close tips of a pair of round noses pliers. Open the pliers to make an oval jump ring.

Step 7
Gently shape the bangle over a mandrel then open the loops one at a time, attach the jump ring and close the loops.

Step 8
Make a beaded dangle and wire wrap to attach to the oval jump ring.

Step 9
Use Liver of sulphur to patinate, polish back to your preferred finish and tumble if desired.

And there you have your completed bangle…

Heart  bead by Josephine Wadman Designs
Mini melon beads by Pebble Dreams
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and if you give it a go don’t forget to share your makes with us on the AJE Facebook page.
CHRISTMAS WREATH ORNAMENT

Today I’m sharing with you a tutorial for a beaded wreath Christmas ornament that I devised by adapting my design for a silk macrame bangle – please excuse the fact that it’s displayed on a laurel bush but my Christmas tree is not up yet. For this ornament I’ve used 15mm organza ribbon and 10mm glass pearls but you can literally use anything you like to create an ornament that suits your own decor…ribbons, cord and even fancy knitting yarn can all be combined with fun and funky results…just let your imagination run wild.

Materials
To make the ornament as I have you will need:
1  1/4 coils of memory wire
48″ length of 15mm organza ribbon
12″ length of 15mm organza ribbon
16 10mm glass pearls
1 10mm jump ring
1 charm or beaded dangle – I used ceramic birds from Blueberribeads
Round nosed pliers
Memory wire cutters
Scissors

This design is worked with a simple macrame square knot but the nature of the ribbon I used makes it a little tricky to see the technique so if you need clarification you can find a diagram here.

Step 1
With the round nosed pliers turn a loop at one end of the memory wire.

Step 2
Take the 48″ length of ribbon, find the centre and tie it around the memory wire adjacent to the loop.

Step 3
Thread a bead onto the wire.

Step 4
Create the first part of a simple macrame square knot by taking the right hand ribbon and passing it over the memory wire which acts as your core. Then pass the left hand ribbon over the right hand ribbon and under the core wire and pull though to secure the bead. Don’t pull the ribbon too tight – you want to aim for it to drape nicely around the bead.

Step 5
Add another bead. Create the second part of the macrame square knot by taking the left hand ribbon and passing it over the memory wire then pass the right hand ribbon over the left hand ribbon and under the core wire and pull though to secure the bead ( the reverse of the process in step 4).

Note
Because memory wire is springy this process can feel a little awkward at first but once you have a few beads in situ it becomes easier. I found I got more control by tucking the free end of the wire under my little finger.

Step 6
Repeat steps 3 – 5 until all the beads are threaded and the circle is completed. Tie an overhand knot to secure the ribbon.

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Step 7
Make sure the beads are snug up to the first loop then trim the spare end of the memory wire and turn a second loop.

Step 8
Thread one of the ribbons tails through each of the loops pull together gently to close the wreathe then knot to secure.

Step 9
Wrap the tails around the loops a couple of times to hide them and then tie in a bow.

Step 10
Attach your charm to the large jump ring then take the shorter length of ribbon and pass it through the jump ring.

Step 11
Place the ribbon and charm under the bow and bring it up around the front and back of the bow making sure to centre it carefully. Knot the ribbon so that it creates a neat finish (not too tightly) to the bow and knot again to secure.

Step 12
Tie the shorter ribbon at the ends to create a hanging loop.

Step 13
Trim the tail ends of the bow and there you have your finished ornament.

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and are inspired to have a go at creating some ornaments of your own.

Happy holidays.

 

BIRD & LEAF NECKLACE

Birds are a perennial favourite with bead makers and buyers alike and this easy tutorial can be adapted to work with your own favourite examples.

Supplies

1 bird bead and wing(or similar) pendant.

1 flat/curved/disc bead

2 x 15″ lengths of chain with link large enough to thread a double strand of waxed linen through.

8″ 20 gauge wire

2 x 30″ lengths of waxed linen

Seed beads (larger than chain links)

Charms and/or Czech glass flower beads

Headpins and jump rings

Round nose pliers and cutters

Step 1

Using the wire and round nosed pliers create a wrapped loop to attach the wing pendant.

Step 2

Pass the tail of the wire through the flat/curved/disc bead and the bird bead and make another wrapped loop to create a bail (add a seed bead to stabilise if required).

Step 3

Attach a length of chain to the bail either by opening a link in the chain or by adding a jump ring.

Step 4

Double up one length of waxed linen and attach it to the bail using a larks head knot.

Step 5

Thread a seed bead onto the double strand of linen and pass it through the second link of the chain. Add a second bead and pass the linen back through the chain skipping one link as you go.

Step 6

Continue adding seed beads and threading through alternate link of the chain until you get to the end. Check the tension of the linen and that the beads are evenly spaced.

Step 7

Add a final bead and tie of the linen to secure and then trim.

Step 8

Repeat steps 3 – 7 on the other side of the bail to complete the necklace.

Step 9

Add a clasp and jump ring.

Step 10

Use the headpins and seed beads to create charms with the Czech glass flowers if required.

Step 11

Using a jump ring attache the charms to the wrapped loop of the feather pendant.

And that’s it – your necklace is fnished!

By changing up your beads and charms you can vary the effect you get with this design… Here’s another example of the design that was published in Jewelry Affaire in 2015.

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial – happy creating.

DORSET BUTTONS
Check out my post on the Art Elements blog for more info on Dorset buttons.
http://artelements.net/wp-admin/post.php?post=18760&action=edit
 SIMPLE LEATHER BRACELET

Materials
Mykonos cast hook and eye clasp set
Mykonos Charm (optional)
7″ 6mm leather cord (or length to fit wrist)
2 x 14″ pieces copper wire 18SWG/16AWG
1 large hole bead
Flat/round nose pliers
Wire cutters
LOS
Clear Epoxy adhesive
6mm mandrel/knitting pin/leather scrap

 

Step 1
Take one piece of wire and wrap around your mandrel 10 times making sure it’s not too tight so that you can remove the wrapped piece from the mandrel and get it onto the leather.

Step 2
Using round nose pliers take the end of the wire and begin turning a coil in the wire. Transfer to flat nose pliers and continue coiling until you have 3 rings.

Step 3
Continue wrapping the wire around the mandrel until the coil is level with it. Press the coil flat against the wrapped wire as shown. Trim the tail end of the wire on the underside with the coil on top.

Step 4

Repeat steps 1 to 3 to create a second piece that mirrors the first.

Step 5
File or sand out any tool marks and use LOS to oxidise both pieces together with a jump ring if you’re using a charm. polish back with wire wool, tumble or polish.

Step 6
Thread the bead onto the leather and thread a copper element on either side. Make sure the focal element is centred then gently press the ends of the wires on the underside into the leather to stop any movement, taking care not to mar the leather on top.
 
Step 7
Use epoxy adhesive to glue the closure fittings onto the leather taking care to line the hook and eye up. Leave to dry.
Step 8 – Optional
Use the jump ring to attach a charm to the eye section of the clasp.

 

And that’s all there is to it…I actually decided that this particular charm was a little too large and I left it off so this is my finished bracelet…

I’ve been wearing this since I finished it and it’s very comfortable. I really like it as it is but if you want to add a charm there are smaller versions available like these cute little shells.

Supplier list
Mykonos components – The Artisan Bead Compan
6mm leather cord – Cords and Wires
Lampwork Bead – Studio Juls
Copper wire – Wires.co.uk
Happy creating!

FLOWER TENDRIL EARRINGS

Spring is definitely here in the UK and flowers are popping up all over so
today I thought I’d share a tutorial for these quick and easy flower
tendril earrings.

To
make these you will need two 8″ lengths of 19/20 gauge wire, 2 flower
beads or similar flat disc beads with reasonably small holes and 1 pair
of ear wires. You’ll also need a hand torch, wire cutters,  round and
needle nose pliers, looping pliers or other round tool and a file.

Please excuse the state of my hands in these photos – much neglected at
the best of times and not helped by my thumb having a mishap with a door
hinge at the weekend!

Step 1
Using
the hand torch ball up the ends of the wires so that they won’t pass
through the holes in the beads. You can find a tutorial for doing this here.
This should also soften the wire and make it easier to bend. I’ve left
the fire stain on the wire but you can clean them up at this point if
you want to.

Step 2
Pass
a wire through the a bead from front to back and with your thumb on the
ball at the front bend the wire up and press gently against the back of
the bead.

Step 3
Where
the wire comes out of the back of the bead bend it into a loop using
looping pliers, mandrel  or a round object like a sharpie marker.

The loop should be visible above the top of the bead.

Step 4
Take
the end of the wire and pass it between the bead and the loop over the
wire where it comes through the bead then gently pull it down to form a
vertical tail. Keeping your thumb pressed at the point where the 2 wires
meet while wrapping will help ensure the wire is snug.

Step 5
Trim the excess wire to 2 1/2 to 3 inches from the bead centre, file the end flat and remove any burrs.

Step 6
Using
round nosed pliers make a turned loop at the bottom of the wire and
then continue winding the wire up the pliers towards the jaws until you
get to the bottom of the bead.

Step 7
Remove
the round nose pliers and you will have a graduated coil. Use the
needle nose pliers to bend the coil down so it sits vertically beneath
the bead and loop.

Step 8
Insert
the needle nose pliers into the loop at the bottom of the coil and grip
the wire. Holding the bead and loop between forefinger and thumb to
avoid stressing the bead, pull firmly but gently on the wire. The coil
may open up nearest the bead at first and which point it may help to
hold the wire there while pulling further on the lower end. Close up the
loops at the bottom of the tendrils and file/polish out any tool marks.

Step 9
Repeat steps 1 to 8 to make the second earring and then use your pliers to gently adjust the coils to roughly match if necessary.

Step 10
Add your ear wires and treat with any desired patina and there you have your finished earrings!

All the beads used in the earrings shown here are from Mermaid Glass.

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial and feel inspired to try it yourself.

 

BRAIDED BEAD ROPE

A couple of months go I made this necklace for a design challenge I was
co-hosting and one of my AJE team mates asked me if I would write a
tutorial for the braided rope element, so that’s what I’m doing for you
today. In my design the rope elements are attached to a simple focal
bead section by means of decorative links but it is easily adaptable for
you own necklace and bracelet designs.

To make the braided elements for a necklace of this style you will need:

Seed beads of your choice
2 decorative rings/connectors
2 bead cones/caps
20 gauge wire
Bead thread
Glue

The seed beads I used were  size 10/0
(2.2mm by 1.5mm) opaque Aztec gold and aged striped picasso mix Czech
glass seed beads which came in hank of twelve 12 inch strands – approx. 18 beads per inch from Beads and Babble on Etsy.

 https://www.etsy.com/transaction/143820073?ref=fb2_tnx_title



Step 1
For each plaited element I used 3 strands
from the hank. If you can remove the strands in their entirely and the
thread is strong enough you may be able to use them as they are are
without restringing but I prefer to restring them onto new thread with a
collapsible beading needle…

Step 2
When your have your strands threaded pass one end through your decorative ring or connector.

Step 3
Tie
the ends of the thread together taking care not to pull it too tightly –
the strands need to be loose enough to braid and for the final rope to
be able to drape softly. Add a dab of glue to the knot, leave to dry and
trim the thread.


Step 4
Repeat steps 1 – 3 twice more so that
you finish up with 3 strands threaded through your rings/connectors and
closed into loops. Make sure each loop is separated and not tangled and
that the knots are at the opposite end for your rings/connectors.

 

Step 5
Start
braiding by taking each looped strand over the previous one and keeping
an even tension that creates a pleasing effect – how tightly you braid
will affect the length and drape of the finished
element.

Whilst braiding make sure you keep your knots at the end of the loops.

 

Step 6
when you get to the end of the braid lay each strand on top of each other lining up the knots as closely as possible.



Step 7
Take your wire and create a loop as you would if you were making a wrapped loop.

Step 8
Slip
the wire through the beaded strands and gently ease the bead thread
into the loop at the point where they are knotted. Leaving some slack
when stringing your beads will help here.

Step 9
Using
your pliers to hold it, wrap the end on the wire around the loop 3
times to close it and trim the excess from the wrapped end of the wire.

Step 10
Thread
the other end of the wire through your bead cone or cap taking care to
ensure the knots are enclosed and the strands are hanging correctly.

Step 11
Create another wrapped loop with the wire extending from the bead cone/cap and adjust the cap to fit.

Step 12
Repeat steps 1 – 11 to create your second braided element and then add a clasp of your choice.

And there you are – job done!

Ceramic beads by Blueberri Beads, Bronze connectors by THEA Elements

 

As
an alternative to the decorative rings/connectors you can also use this
technique with bead cones/caps at both ends of the braid.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and I look forward to seeing it in some of your designs.

Lesley Watt
20 November 2013
 WIRE MACRAME EARRINGS

 

Materials 

Approx. 6″ 0.9mm bronze core wire
Approx. 12″ 0.5mm bronze knotting wire
2  focal beads
2 accent beads/dangles
1 pair of earwires
Headpins/wire
2 pairs of pliers
Table vice or something to secure your wire

Note:
Different types and gauges of wire can be used for this and these will
give different effects but remember that you may need to adjust the
length of the wire according to the gauge used. The basic knotting technique can also be found here.

Step one
Secure
your core wire to something that will keep it firmly in place –  I use a
table top vice but you could also wrap it round a rigid object – don’t
forget to cut extra wire if you do the latter.

Step 2
Place
your knotting wire beneath the core wire and bring both ends up around
the sides. Pass the wire on your left over the wire in your right and
back under the core wire and up through the loop of the wire on the
right.

Grip
both ends of the wire with your pliers and pull to tighten keeping an
even tension. Don’t be tempted to do this with your hands (especially
with bronze wire) – it may not hurt at first but you’ll find you have
very sore fingers the next day – I know I tried!

Step 3
Repeat step 2 taking care to pass the wire in the same direction as this will create the spiral pattern.

 

Continue repeating step one and the spiral pattern will begin to emerge…

Step 4
When
the spiral is the length you want remove it from the vice and wrap one
end of the wire around the core wire 3 times, cut off the excess and
press against the core wire. Repeat the process with the other end of
the wire wrapping it over the first wrap. Trim the excess and file any
sharp edges.  This will form the top of the earring.

 

 

Step 5
Trim
the top end of the core wire to remove any vice marks, file the end and
turn a simple loop. Gently push the spiral up to sit snugly against the
loop.

Step 6
At the other end add your focal bead, trim and file the wire and turn another simple loop or warp a loop if preferred.

 

Step 7
Add a headpin to an accent bead and turn a simple loop to create a dangle then add this to the bottom of your earring.

Step 9
Add an earwire of your choice.

Step 10
Repeat this process for the second earring to complete the pair.



Step 11
This technique is greatly enhanced by oxidising the wire and polishing back the high points to give added depth and texture. I’ve
done this when the earrings are complete but if your beads are not
waterproof you will need to treat the wire before you make up the
earrings.

Lesley watt
April 2013

BEAD AND RING BRACELET
(Goddess Bracelet)

All measurements and quantities are approximate and may vary depending on the materials used. This example is for a bracelet of 7½” with a beaded section of 6¼”. This bracelet can be easily adjusted to fit by adding or removing beads and jump rings.
Materials
1 button
30″ waxed cotton/linen cord or supple stringing medium of your choice
68 size 5 or 6  (4 – 4.5mm) seed beads + extra  for the tail decoration
68 5mm (id) jump rings – to avoid snagging make sure all the jump rings are closed before you start constructing your bracelet.

 

Step 1
Thread the cord through the button holes and draw it through to create two cords of equal length.

Step 2
Tie an overhand knot close to the button.

Step 3
Thread a bead onto one cord and then thread a jump ring over both cords.

Step 4 
Thread a bead onto the second cord and thread a jump ring over both cords. Continue threading beads onto alternate cords interspersed with jump rings threaded over both cords.

Step 5 
Continue until the 68 beads are threaded finishing with the last bead on the opposite cord to the first bead.

Step 6
Tie an overhand knot close to the last bead and a second overhand knot to create a loop to fit over your chosen button.

Step 7
Thread the extra beads onto the tails and knot to secure. Trim any excess cord.

Step 8
Sit back and admire your finished bracelet!

This technique can be adapted for use with necklaces using your preferred attachment technique. On the piece below I used one folded cord attached to the pendant rings with a lark’s head knot and coil crimp ends at the clasp.

Note:

Although I have stipulated bead and ring size sizes the technique can be used with other sizes to give different effects – have fun and experiment!

 

143 thoughts on “Tutorials

  1. This bracelet is brilliant – and looks so lovely when finished. It is also easy to make and easy on the pocket.
    I made four of your bracelets over the weekend, and I've ordered beads and jump rings to make more. The necklace is also on my 'to make' list , I know there are some nice metal celtic knots in my stash.
    My daughter has already grabbed one, lets hope hers friends like it so I have a good excuse to make more!!!

  2. Love this bracelet, Thank you for sharing this with us. I am going to have a go at making the bracelet. I have just bought some fancy jump closed jump rings so these will be perfect. Thank you.

    Tina

  3. I had never followed a tutorial before because they always seem so hard to understand and im not good at reading and following what it says but your directions were so easy and clear that I made three of these for gifts for coworkers last night and am going to make one for my sister for Christmas!THANK YOU for sharing!

  4. I'm a bit of a late joiner, but just wanted to say that I love your stuff and thanks for sharing this tutorial as I wondered how these bracelets were done! Hope you have a very happy and prosperous New Year! x

  5. HI Lesley, loved the macrame knotting, gave it a try with some wire I had and the clamp was my knees lol!! It turned out not bad, pics tomorrow. Thank you for the tutuorial and the tips you are just fab x

  6. Thank you Lesley for being so generous and also for taking the time to share this fantastic technique. The results look so amazing and yet the technique is quite simple – when you are shown how to do it! Thank you!

  7. Really lovely work. Thank you so much for sharing your talent with us. Although I'm fairly new at working with wire, I was well versed in macrame in the early seventies, so that might help me some.

  8. Both tutorials are wonderful. I haven't ventured into wire work but those delightful wire macrame earrings might just get me to do it. The jump ring bracelet is so simple but looks just dynamite. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Absolutely brilliant! I can see about a million variations of beads and cord used and just can't wait to get started. Thank you for sharing your wonderful work. 🙂

  10. Really awesome tutorials with great techniques!! I had never heard of wire macrame before so I am really looking forward to try it and love what you have done with the jump ring and cord

  11. Love, Love, Love your work. Those flower earrings are just too adorable
    I've tried to find the color beads you use on the JumpRing/SeedBead necklace, but none of my local bead shops carry it it. Any chance you could give me the name of the mix you used?

  12. I used twisted jump rings for a bit of a different look. I love this bracelet. They had one displayed at my local bead shop, I set the beads aside and i was in the hospital for a week and had forgotten how to put it together. Thanks for saving me! 😀

  13. Thank you do much for your fabulous tutorials. Someone had posted a picture in Pinterest so figured it out for a 3-wrap. Took a LOT of jump rings! Made it with lavender AB 6°s and ant. silver jump rings and button!! Total hit and feels so nivmce wearing it!

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