Wire Wrapped Bead Drop Tutorial

In this free tutorial, I show you how to make a wire wrapped bead drop.  Use this versatile little component in a hundred ways, including:

  • simple earring drops
  • embellishment (and weight) on bracelet and necklace closures
  • add to chain for a jazzy look
  • or, wherever your imagination takes you!
You will need:
  • 1 1/2-inch (4 cm) length of wire (I used 22-gauge half-hard round)
  • one bead, 3mm or 4mm (I used a 4mm round bead)
  • round-nose pliers
  • two chain-nose pliers, or one bent-nose and one chain-nose pliers


Wire Wrapped Bead Drop Instructions:

Step 1: With the tip of your round-nose pliers, grasp the wire at one end, and turn a tiny loop.

center the loop

Step 2: Position the tips of the round-nose pliers as shown, and bend the wire back, so that the tiny loop is centered.

centered loop

Here’s what the wire should look like now.

thread on bead

Step 3: Thread on your bead, then grasp the wire about 1/8 inch (3mm) from the bead with the tip of your round-nose pliers.

form eye loop

Step 4: Bend an angle, slide the wire 1/4 of the way down the round-nose plier barrel, and curve the wire around the plier barrel to form the eye loop.

wrap wire around shank

Step 5: Thread bead drop onto whatever it will be suspended from. With bent-nose or chain-nose pliers, grasp the eye loop as shown, and wrap wire tail around wire shaft until your wire is right next to the bead. Cut off tail at an angle, press down with pliers.

finished wire bead drop

Your bead drop is finished!

Ready to take your skills to the next level?

Use what you learned here to make real wire jewelry
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