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How to Make Cone Coil Beads / Bead Caps

Posted on | December 19, 2009 | 4 Comments

A coiled cone bead, or elongated bead cap.

A coiled cone bead, or elongated bead cap.

Dangles made with cone coil beads in three gauges.  From left to right: 24 gauge, 20 gauge, and 18 gauge.  All were strung onto hammered head pins with "heads" of various length, made from 20 gauge wire.

Dangles made with cone coil beads in three gauges. From left to right: 24 gauge, 20 gauge, and 18 gauge. All were strung onto hammered head pins with "heads" of various length, made from 20 gauge wire. These dangles would work alone or in clusters as earrings or necklace accents.

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.

Grip the end of the wire at the base of the round nose pliers' nose.

Grip the end of the wire at the base of the 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).

Rather than closing the loop, adjust the wire slightly to begin the second coil.

Rather than closing the loop, adjust the wire slightly to begin the second coil.

Continue to coil up the nose of the pliers in this way.

Coiling up the prong; the cone is beginning to take shape.

Coiling up the prong; the cone is beginning to take shape.

Coil until you reach the tip of your pliers.

The prong of the round nose pliers is completely coiled.

The prong of the round nose pliers is completely coiled.

Remove the bead from the pliers.

The bead has been removed from the pliers.

The bead has been removed from the pliers.

Clip both ends of the wire to form a neat cone shape.

The cone coil bead is ready.

The cone coil bead is ready.

Comments

4 Responses to “How to Make Cone Coil Beads / Bead Caps”

  1. Ruby May Justice
    December 31st, 2009 @ 5:50 pm

    Wow, I did not realize it’s that simple. Thanks for the info. I will follow your instructions so I can repair and wear one of my favorite necklaces again.

  2. charms and jewelry
    January 13th, 2010 @ 12:22 pm

    wow that is really cool, i cant wait to make my own! thanks for the idea, i didnt realize how easy it is to make these.

  3. Illaya
    January 18th, 2010 @ 11:50 am

    Duh!! could not be simpler, why was I trying to make it so complicated. Thanks for the visual slap on the back of the head.

  4. Trudy
    February 20th, 2011 @ 10:08 pm

    More than a year later, I couldn’t agree with Illaya more…..how easy is this that I thought I’d have to go to a class to learn how. And me with my poor fine motor coordination. Thank you for your generosity! I’m going to subscribe to your blog. How valuable is this info.

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