Make An Armful of Easy Beaded Bracelets With Wire Wrapping

Feb 24, 2014

The best way I can think of to practice your skills at making wire wrapped loops is to make bead and wire chains. They're easy, fun, and can be used to make so many types of beaded jewelry! Plus, the basic skills for making a wire wrapped loop are the foundation for so many other great wire wrapping techniques, it pays to get them perfect.

Every once in a while, I get the urge to load up on bracelets when I'm putting on my morning jewelry. I own a few beautiful handmade silver bracelets made out of wire wrapped links -- not made by me, but made by a silversmith friend of mine -- and I like to add a little dash of color to the bright silver. So I decided to get some practice with my wire wrapping and whip up a couple of bead and wire chain bracelets the other morning. Before I knew it, I had six new bracelets! What happened?

I started out by making this quick and easy wire wrapped bracelet using pressed Czech glass Buddha beads, and linked them together with jump rings. Here's a handy tip: if you don't like the process of linking your wire wrapped loops together while you're making them, jump rings will make these bead and wire chains go much faster!
Next, I dove into some more old Czech glass beads that I've had in my stash for what seems like years, and I paired these rich red coins with some creamy mother of pearl rounds. I made this one to match one of my favorite yoga shirts, so I kept it a little shorter so that it won't get in the way when I practice.
After playing with those lovely little mother of pearl beads, I found this half-strand of petrified wood beads in my stash, and I thought they would look lovely with some copper accent beads. To my disappointment, I forgot that the holes on some gemstone beads can be too small to accommodate wire for wire wrapping. Not to be deterred, though, I decided to add a magnetic clasp and some beading wire and make a bracelet, anyway!
While I was on the copper kick, I found a pack of some delicious Czech glass "window" beads, and with a few more of the fancy copper spacers I had originally planned to use with the petrified wood, I made a quick wire wrapped chain and bead bracelet. This one is so lightweight, I don't ever want to take it off!
And then, just because I had a handful of assorted beads left over from my wire wrapping binge and a small strand of beading wire, I strung up one more quick bracelet, just for the fun of it!

Honestly, I had forgotten just how addicting these fun little wire wrapped bracelets can be to make! And they certainly help take a bite out of my bead stash -- It was so much fun to mix and match all the leftover beads I found in little baggies in the bottoms of the drawers of my bead cabinets.

Making wire wrapped jewelry doesn't have to be terribly complicated: these simple bead and wire chain bracelets proved that to me! If you're looking for more wire wrapping fun, take a look at the February/March issue of Step By Step Wire Jewelry magazine. You'll find wire wrapping projects for every skill level, along with helpful tips, basic techniques, and great product reviews. And who knows? Once you finish a couple of wire jewelry projects, you might be inspired to try something new! Be daring, branch out, and subscribe to Step By Step Wire Jewelry to help advance your own wire wrapping skills for making beautiful handmade beaded jewelry.

Is there a simple wire jewelry technique that you find yourself coming back to over and over again? For me, obviously, it's my beaded chains. Leave a comment here on the Beading Daily blog and share your favorite wire jewelry techniques with us!

Bead Happy,

Jennifer


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RoxyLee wrote
on Feb 24, 2014 7:56 PM

Regarding your wire wrapped bead bracelets, which inspire me, by the way, what gauge of wire did you use?  That question is what trips me up whenever think of a project to do with wire.  I suppose experience and trial and error will help me learn.

Thanks!

krismort wrote
on Mar 1, 2014 1:40 PM

I'm with RoxyLee. I haven't done a ton of beading and when it comes to using wire, I tend to just use the findings I get at the craft store. I have some ideas for some bracelets and necklaces but don't know the best gauge of wire to use for projects like these.