Wire Jewelry

Wire jewelry making is a great and inexpensive way to learn about making jewelry with metals. Some of the earliest known wire jewelry was made from coils and chains found in the tombs of the ancient Romans and Vikings. Making your own jewelry findings from wire is not only easy but also gives your finished jewelry a personal touch. In addition to making your own jump rings, head pins and eye pins, you can create beautiful wire clasps and earring findings using basic wire jewelry making tools.

Butterfly Wire Beading Frames, by Tammy Honaman

Free Butterfly Wire Beading Frame Tutorial

Butterflies abound around here! Karen Parker’s Brick Stitching Nature book is filled with butterfly beading patterns and the collection, Wings and Things: Butterflies and Flutterbys, (which includes Karen’s book) is also chock-full of beadweaving patterns and instructions for beaded butterflies and beaded winged creatures. In looking over all the amazing beaded butterfly designs in the Wings…

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Learn Wire Working and Transform Your Beadwork

My love affair with wire working started when I was creating earrings for a show. I was in a groove, making lots of seed bead and crystal dangle earrings – you know, production style – make the dangles then add the earwires later. Well. I ran out of the earwires you see in the picture and…

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How to Make a Wire Ornament Hanger

Many of us beadweavers have been busy stitching beautiful ornaments and other doodads to decorate our homes for the holidays. A flash of crystal and seed beads hanging in the window (or on a Christmas tree, a Hanukkah menorah, a Festivus pole, or a Solstice staff) is often what helps get us through these short…

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Make These Easy Custom Components

What do you do when you can’t find the perfect pendant for that necklace you are working on? Or your local bead shop is out of the finish of bead caps you need for your bracelet? Or you want to make your mom a necklace with a photo-locket to remember that trip you took last…

Gorgeous Glass Beads with Penny Dixon

There’s no question in my mind that the recent introduction of such an amazing variety of shaped glass beads has forever changed the way we make beaded jewelry with seed beads.  Browsing through a local bead shop or online at my favorite bead supply company makes me feel grateful to have such an array of…

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More to Explore with Jewelry Making!

If I were to describe it as a road, I could say that I came to beading and bead-weaving along a rambling, twisty, back country road full of mysterious forests and magnificent views of far-off mountains. Okay, so maybe I’m waxing a little poetic here, but my road to seed bead work came after a…

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Hardware Store Wire Jewelry

Once upon a time, my sister told me that she admires the way I decide to do something, and then just go out and do it. At first, I had no idea what she was talking about, but then I remembered back to when I first started learning how to bead. Back then, I started…

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Trendy Metal Jewelry: Made Easy

I have a love at first sight kind of relationship with metal jewelry, but when it comes to making my own, I’m too scared to make a move. While I’ve been intimidated to try my hand at this style of jewelry making for quite some time, I recently found the resource that has changed the…

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Soldering Jewelry: Whip Up a Little Magic!

I love incorporating geometric metal shapes into my beadwork and stringing designs. However, sometimes I just can’t find the exact shape I see in my mind, so I turn to wireworking to create that shape. Of course, I want the shapes I make to be strong and stay attached to the piece of jewelry they’re…