Posted on | December 19, 2009 | 4 Comments
Making your own beads is a fun way to make your wire wrapped jewelry even more personal. Plus, making metal beads yourself can be more economical than purchasing ready made beads. Here is a quick and easy bead that can be made in less than a minute. The only material you will need is a little dead soft wire between 24 gauge and 18 gauge. You will also need a pair of round nose pliers and a pair of flush cutters. The amount of wire you will need will vary based on the gauge of wire you are using and the exact shape of the nose of your round nose pliers.
To begin, grip the end of the wire at the very base of your round nose pliers’ nose.
Rotate the pliers to wrap the wire around one prong of the pliers. You will need to reposition your hand and the pliers after approximately every half turn.
When you are about to complete the first rotation, rather than allowing the wire to form a complete loop adjust the wire so that it forms another layer, or coil, above the first one on the pliers (see picture).
Continue to coil up the nose of the pliers in this way.
Coil until you reach the tip of your pliers.
Remove the bead from the pliers.
Clip both ends of the wire to form a neat cone shape.