Free Bead and Wire Project: World's Fair Wire Wrapped Bracelet Project

Jun 2, 2014

So, it had been a while since I allowed myself to splurge on a really nice clasp. And while I was browsing for beads online one day, I just happened to come across this gorgeous sterling silver box clasp from A Grain of Sand made with a 1939 World's Fair cabochon. It was love at first sight! Once I had this little treasure in my hands, I knew I wanted to do something special with it, so I dug through my stash of vintage glass beads and found a little bag full of assorted Czech glass beads that came in one of my Bead Hoard Curiosities Club shipments. I nestled the clasp in the beads and realized that the colors worked perfectly with each other, and I was ready to start doing some wire wrapping.

Now, most of you know that I am not terribly skilled at wire wrapping. But this latest wire wrapping project, the World's Fair Wire Wrapped Bracelet, is so easy because it doesn't require any real sort of precision when making your wraps! Just twist your wire together, and you're done! It's also a great way to use up a little baggie of leftover glass beads from a larger beading project. Mix up some colors for a rainbow in every bracelet!

Materials:

  • 26 gauge silver plated wire, 10 feet
  • World's Fair clasp from A Grain of Sand, or clasp of your choice
  • 20-30 grams of small (4mm - 10mm) assorted glass beads

Tools

  • Wire cutters
  • Flat nose pliers
  • Round nose pliers, OR
  • Combination pliers

Cut the wire into 2 lengths of 5 feet. Take one bead and slide it on one piece of wire, about 6" from the end. Make 3 or 4 tiny twists in the wire.

Skip about 1/2" of wire and add another bead, making 3 or 4 twists in the wire. Repeat all the way down the wire, leaving about 6" empty at the end.

Repeat with the second piece of wire. I varied my spacing between beads for the second piece of wire, adding about twice as many beads.
Hold both pieces of wire together, and wrap the end of one piece of wire over the other. Start twisting again until you have about 1 1/2" of twisted wire.
Use your round nose pliers (or combination pliers) to make a loop big enough to add one half of your clasp. Make a wrapped loop with the twisted wire tail, wrapping the tail around itself to secure the clasp.
Now start twisting your wires together! Wrap one piece of wire around the other, adjusting it as you go to create nice spacing between the beads. At first, your beads are going to look like they're trying to go into orbit around your twisted wire, but you can very gently twist them around each other to create a more compact wire and bead bracelet.

And....ta-da! The finished World's Fair Wire Wrapped Bracelet! This project was so much fun, I'm already thinking I need some more high-quality clasps to show off! This is one of those wire wrapping projects that I'd like to think are good for those of us who feel like we're wire-challenged. It was so much easier than I thought it would be, I don't know why I didn't try this before!

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Bead Happy,

Jennifer


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on Jun 5, 2014 1:05 AM

Are you enjoying your Bead Hoard membership? I think I'd like to join. Want to hear from others if it is really worth doing.

on Jun 5, 2014 1:06 AM

Are you enjoying your Bead Hoard membership? I think I'd like to join. Want to hear from others if it is really worth doing.

on Jun 7, 2014 9:54 AM

Your bracelet looks amazing! If you hadn't written that bead wrapping may not be your best skill, no one would have known from this project. Now I have to go to A Grain of Sand to see if they have anything from the 1964-65 NY World's Fair, which was one of the highlights of my childhood.