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
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
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.
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.
Add a bead to each end of the core wire and turn a simple loop.
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.
Gently shape the bangle over a mandrel then open the loops one at a time, attach the jump ring and close the loops.
Make a beaded dangle and wire wrap to attach to the oval jump ring.
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|
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.
To make the ornament as I have you will need:
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.
With the round nosed pliers turn a loop at one end of the memory wire.
Take the 48″ length of ribbon, find the centre and tie it around the memory wire adjacent to the loop.
Thread a bead onto the wire.
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.
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).
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.
Repeat steps 3 – 5 until all the beads are threaded and the circle is completed. Tie an overhand knot to secure the ribbon.
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.
Thread one of the ribbons tails through each of the loops pull together gently to close the wreathe then knot to secure.
Wrap the tails around the loops a couple of times to hide them and then tie in a bow.
Attach your charm to the large jump ring then take the shorter length of ribbon and pass it through the jump ring.
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.
Tie the shorter ribbon at the ends to create a hanging loop.
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.
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.
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
Using the wire and round nosed pliers create a wrapped loop to attach the wing pendant.
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).
Attach a length of chain to the bail either by opening a link in the chain or by adding a jump ring.
Double up one length of waxed linen and attach it to the bail using a larks head knot.
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.
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.
Add a final bead and tie of the linen to secure and then trim.
Repeat steps 3 – 7 on the other side of the bail to complete the necklace.
Add a clasp and jump ring.
Use the headpins and seed beads to create charms with the Czech glass flowers if required.
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.
1 large hole bead
Flat/round nose pliers
Clear Epoxy adhesive
6mm mandrel/knitting pin/leather scrap
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.
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.
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.
Repeat steps 1 to 3 to create a second piece that mirrors the first.
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.
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.
Use epoxy adhesive to glue the closure fittings onto the leather taking care to line the hook and eye up. Leave to dry.
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.
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
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!
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.
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 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.
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.
Trim the excess wire to 2 1/2 to 3 inches from the bead centre, file the end flat and remove any burrs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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…
When your have your strands threaded pass one end through your decorative ring or connector.
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.
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.
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
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.
Take your wire and create a loop as you would if you were making a wrapped loop.
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.
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.
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.
Create another wrapped loop with the wire extending from the bead cone/cap and adjust the cap to fit.
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|
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.
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
2 pairs of pliers
Table vice or something to secure your wire
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.
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.
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
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!
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…
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.
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
At the other end add your focal bead, trim and file the wire and turn another simple loop or warp a loop if preferred.
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.
Add an earwire of your choice.
Repeat this process for the second earring to complete the pair.
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
BEAD AND RING BRACELET
Thread the cord through the button holes and draw it through to create two cords of equal length.
Tie an overhand knot close to the button.
Thread a bead onto one cord and then thread a jump ring over both cords.
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.
Continue until the 68 beads are threaded finishing with the last bead on the opposite cord to the first bead.
Tie an overhand knot close to the last bead and a second overhand knot to create a loop to fit over your chosen button.
Thread the extra beads onto the tails and knot to secure. Trim any excess cord.
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.
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!