How to make a wire wrapped bracelet:
Making this gorgeous wire wrapped bracelet means that you will need to learn how to make a wrapped loop. Wire wrapping takes some time to master. If this is your first attempt then I suggest you practice with a higher gauge (22g or 24g), inexpensive wire like copper. This project uses 16g wire which is a bit harder to manipulate.
I’ve used a selection of glass and silver spacer beads for this project. When buying your beads, make sure the holes are big enough for 16g wire. See the
bracelet size guide
to find the right bracelet size for you.
I’ve used different types of glass beads with the same color tone. The focal bead is called a silver foil glass bead. There is a huge selection of stunning silver foil glass beads on the market. Personalize your wire wrapped bracelet by using beads you love.
What you need:
- 16 gauge wire (1.2mm or 1.3mm)
- 4 or more glass beads with holes big enough for 16g wire
- large silver spacer disc bead, you may also use a glass bead instead
- silver spacer beads
- clasp and hook
- round nose pliers
- chain or flat nose pliers
- wire or side cutters
- safety glasses (optional)
We are going to start by making a spiral for the focal bead. Cut off 7-8” (20cm) of 16g wire. There is a detailed explanation, step-by-step on the
page. Use the middle part of your round nose pliers for making a bigger loop as shown in the graphic below. The central space of the spiral needs to be large enough to allow some movement for the wrapped loop you’re going to attach to it. When your spiral has 3 complete circles, use your round nose pliers and bend the rest of the wire so that it is central to the spiral.
Slide the focal bead onto the wire. Grip the wire with your round nose pliers approx. 6mm above the bead. Bend the wire to a 90 degrees angle by moving your pliers away from you.
Use your free hand to bend the wire clockwise around the nose of your pliers. You might have to adjust your pliers as you go along. Release your pliers once you have a complete loop.
Grip the loop with your chain or flat nose pliers. Use your free hand to wrap the wire around the neck of the loop. Try to avoid leaving spaces while wrapping. Keep on wrapping until the wire touches the bead.
Clip off the excess wire with you wire or side cutters and press the end of the cut wire down with your chain nose pliers.
Your wrapped focal bead will now look like this:
The trickiest part is over, now you only need to make wrapped loops for the rest of the bracelet. Cut off 4-5” of 16g wire. Grip the wire ¾ of the length with your round nose pliers. Bend the wire to a 90 degrees angle.
Use your free hand to bend the wire around the nose of your pliers until you have a complete loop.
Open the loop slightly and slide the spiral onto the loop.
Grip the loop with your chain nose pliers. Wrap the wire 2½ to 3 times around the neck of the loop. Cut off the excess wire and press down the end with your chain nose pliers.
The rest of the bracelet will be a piece of cake now that you know how to make a wrapped loop. Slide a small spacer bead followed by a large spacer bead, and another small spacer bead onto the wrapped loop. Follow the same procedure as in steps 2 and 3 to make a wrapped loop on the other side of the beads. You will now have 2 links in your wire wrapped bracelet design.
Cut off another piece of 16g wire, approx 4-5”. Grip the wire ¾ of the length with your round nose pliers. Bend the wire to a 90 degrees angle and make a loop the same way as in step 5. Do not wrap the wire yet. Open the loop and slide the other wrapped loop of the focal bead onto the loop. Now you can wrap the wire 2 ½ to 3 times around the neck of the loop. Cut off the excess wire. Slide two spacer beads and a glass bead onto the wire as shown below.
Make a wrapped loop on the other side of the link.
Make another two links on both sides of the bracelet, but leave the loops open at the end, because you have to attach the clasp and hook to them. Slide the clasp onto a loop at one end, and the hook onto the other. Once your clasp and hook are in place you can finally wrap the wire to finish off your wire wrapped bracelet.
Congratulations, your wire wrapped bracelet is now ready to wear!
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