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.
Step 2: Position the tips of the round-nose pliers as shown, and bend the wire back, so that the tiny loop is centered.
Here’s what the wire should look like now.
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.
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.
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.
Your bead drop is finished!