Wire wrapping with beads is a popular technique and definitely a reader’s choice! So by popular demand, the Bead Doctor shows you how.
Step 1: Gather materials
Find a list of everything you will need below.
Pause the steps at any time by mousing over the slideshow and clicking the pause button. Click the pause button again to continue.
Use the left-right arrows or slide numbers to navigate.
Step 2: Attach beads
Cut 1m of wire.
Thread a ruby xilion, the light rose xilion and the final ruby xilion onto the wire.
Move to the middle and bend each side of the wire at a right angle close to the beads.
Step 3: Wrap wire
If you have a ring mandrel, then use this to make the wire ring. I used the tube of a lip salve.
Place the beaded part onto your former, wrap each side of the wire around the former so the wire sits on either side of the beads.
Wrap each side of wire tightly around the bottom of the beads a couple of times.
Finish with a wire tail on each side of the ring.
Step 4: Finish Off
Wrap each tail of the wire tightly around the ring to create a neat coil continue until the wire meets in the middle of the ring.
Trim the excess wire and squeeze in any sharp ends using a pair of pliers.
Greetings from the Bead Doctor
I have had many requests for wire wrapping projects so I thought I’d start off with this cute little ring. I find sparkly Swarovski Crystals irresistible. They turn this simple design into a rather special, twinkly accessory. My wire wrapped ring is quick and easy to make. Once you have the basic technique sussed out you can apply it to all sorts of projects. If you fancy giving it a go, here’s my tutorial, complete with links to all the materials incase you’re missing any ingredients.
To make sure your ring is the right size, make the base of the ring slightly bigger than your finger, so that when you finish your wire wrapping it should fit perfectly.
Giving it away
If you’d like to try your hand, you could win all the materials needed to make this wire wrapped ring. Beads Unlimited are constantly increasing their ranges and we’d like you to tell us what your favourite addition has been so far this year. To refresh your memory you can visit the new arrivals page. Then tell us in the comments box below. You can add the Beads Unlimited page link if you like so that I know exactly which item you mean. Please post by midnight Sunday 18th March 2012. One lucky beader will win all materials needed to make this project. The winner will be contacted by email and asked for their postal address. Good luck everyone.
To add all the materials needed for this project, simply click the button below to add it to your basket. Or, if you are just short of one or two bits, click on the individual items.*
*You will also need - Craft multi pliers (CRMT) – Not Included