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Video:How to Make a Wire Wrapped Necklace

with Heidi Dehncke

Wire wrapped necklaces are a simple jewelry making project you can customize with your unique style. Learn how to make your own wire wrapped necklace.See Transcript

Transcript:How to Make a Wire Wrapped Necklace

Hi. I'm Jeanette Caines. I'm an instructor here at The Jewelry Arts Institute and I'm here for About.com. We're going to make a bead wrap necklace with an S hook on it.

Tools Needed for a Wire Wrapped Necklace with Beads

  • Beads, pearls or glass beads
  • 22 gauge fine silver wire
  • 14 to 16 gauge fine silver wire
  • Bezel mandrel
  • Scissors
  • Nippers
  • Flat nose pliers
  • Round nose pliers

Prepare the Wire Wrapped Necklace for Beading

Our first step is start getting ready to wrap our beads. I'm going to take my wire. We're going to start by making a loop on one end, and then weave it through the one that's going to come after it. I'm going to take my pliers, hold it just like that. Bend it at a 45 degree angle. Move my pliers up into the bend, and pull it around counter clock-wise. Once I move those pliers up and out of the way, you end up with a little lollypop right on the end there like that.

Then all I have to do is grab it from the side, pull the wire around, nice and tight. Whether you go around twice or three times is really up to you. You always want to end it in the back though, where it's not going to show as much. And then I nip off the excess. Give it a little squeeze with your flat nose pliers, so you don't have any sharp ends that might come out. Cut the wire about an inch and a half down. You want to give yourself enough room later on to be able to hold onto the wire and pull it tight. You're going to make a bunch of these so that we can weave them all together.

I'm going to take this now, I'm going to take my bead, I'm going to slide it down on top, so it looks just like that. I'm going to do the same thing to the other side that I've already done. I'm going to grab it with pliers, right up against it. Just like that. I always do it facing me, because I can see better that way. I'm going to make the same bend counter-clockwise around.

Now, I stop when it looks like this because then I'm going to slide my next bead right on there, before I close it up. And, I grab it from the side with my round nose pliers and pull my wire nice and tight, until it's resting right up against the stone. And then I'll trim off the excess. As always I use my flat nose pliers just to tuck in that little end, just like that. And that's how you build your necklace one bead at a time.

Shape the S Hook for the Wire Wrapped Necklace

This is a simple hook, we call it an "S" hook. It's made out of fine silver, it's probably around 14 gauge. I'm going to show you how we ball up the ends. An important safety tip to remember is not to hold molten metal over your lap. So, when I'm melting this end I'm not going to be doing it over my lap. I'm going to be sure to be doing it over the bench. Preferably, actually, over the water bowl, just in case.

I'm just going to hold my flame right there and so that end balls up a little bit - just like that to a size I want. And then I'm just going to dunk it in the water. Be aware that gravity will play a part. So if you're trying to get too big of an end on it, it will eventually drop off.

We're going to make out S hook. Now, to make our S hook you're going to start off by bending a third of it from each end in the opposite direction. So we have this, and we're going to do the same thing from the other end, so we have this.

Then we just continue the bends until we get them to curve really beautifully against each other. I'm going to take my round nose pliers, put it right in here, and give that a nice curve coming out. I'm going to do the same thing on the other side. And you see how I can adjust this to fit my piece.

Attach the Hook to Finish the Wire Wrapped Necklace

To attach the S hook we just slide it through the jump ring that's on the end of our wrapped necklace and close the one side completely. And the other side we leave open a little bit for putting the necklace on and off.

We've got all our beads beautifully wrapped. We have our nice S hook on there. We also put a jump ring on either end, for a little additional strength so the wraps don't get pulled too much. You can make them yourselves or actually they're very easy to purchase. This is a very simple version. But you can do anything you want and let your imagination run wild.

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