Fantastic, Free Jewelry Tutorials by Kreativ Vagyok

I have just come across a web site with a lot of very good wire wrapped jewelry tutorials. The site is called Kreative Vagyok, which means “I am creative” in Hungarian. I know that because of Google translate. It is a tool that can make you sound smart sometimes. However, even with the help of Google Translate, I was not able to find the name of the tutorial author(s), so unfortunately I will have to link without naming names. There are many more wire wrapped jewelry tutorials on the site. Those shown below are just a few of my favorites.

Melissa Ring Tutorial
Melissa Ring Tutorial

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Beaded Drop Earrings Tutorial by Eat Breathe Design

Beaded Drop Earrings Jewelry Tutorial
Beaded Drop Earrings wire wrapped jewelry tutorial by Heidi of Eat Sleep Design

I love this tutorial! Heidi of Eat Sleep Design has made a free wire wrapped jewelry making tutorial for these lovely earrings. Simple enough for everyday wear, this design is incredibly versatile.  Her photos are very clear and easy to follow.  Plus, she has a lot more jewelry making information and several more tutorials on her web site.

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Whirl Jewelry Link Tutorial

Wire wrapped whirl link jewelry component, natural and with verdigris
Wire wrapped whirl link jewelry component, natural and with verdigris

Here is an interesting jewelry link that can add a primitive look to your necklaces, bracelets, and if done on a smaller scale, even earrings. The sample shown here is quite chunky, measuring 2 cm across the spiral and almost 4 cm from end to end. It was made with a 14 inch length of 18 gauge wire, with 24 gauge wire for the small coils. To make a smaller link, either curl the central spiral around fewer times or use a smaller gauge wire. I would not recommend making a link much larger than this with 18 gauge wire as its center would be less stable. However, if you do so you may wish to experiment with adding strategic coiling among some of the spiral’s inner rings. Alternatively (or in addition) you could use a 16 gauge wire to make it sturdy at a larger size.

To begin, fold a 14 inch length of 18 gauge wire in half, using flat nosed pliers to press the bend into a sharp fold.

whirl link jewelry tutorial step 1
Fold the wire

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Copper and Wool Bangle

I’ve previously posted a tutorial showing a fun way to use up the little bits of especially luscious yarn you may have left over from your fiber projects by incorporating them into fiber jewelry links.  Here’s another way to use your precious leftovers.  Just 10 feet of special worsted weight yarn is enough for this project.  You’ll need a few other things, too:

  • Round nose pliers
  • Flat nose pliers
  • Flush cutters
  • chasing hammer or ball pein hammer
  • anvil or bench block
  • sharp, pointy scissors
  • bracelet mandrel
  • 10 feet worsted weight yarn
  • 20 inches + 8 inches 18 gauge copper wire
  • 2 feet + 3 inches 24 gauge copper wire
  • 1 10mm round bead
  • 1 10mm disc bead
  • 1 6mm round bead

Note: The hole of one of the 10mm beads must be large enough to accommodate a double thickness of the yarn plus a double thickness of 24 gauge wire.  The hole of the smaller bead must be large enough to accommodate 18 gauge wire.

To begin, use your round nosed pliers to bend the 20-inch piece of 18 gauge wire in half, pinching the two tails together about 3/4 inch from the curve formed by the pliers.  This will create a needle-shaped piece of wire, with two long tails held together and a teardrop-shaped “eye” on the folded end.  Hammer this piece flat until it is quite sturdy, flipping over several times to hammer from both sides.

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Droplet Pendant – Free Wire Wrapped Jewelry Making Tutorial

The Droplet Pendant
The Droplet Pendant

To make this pendant you’ll need:

  • 1 10mm round bead (hole must be large enough to accommodate two pieces of the thicker wire)
  • 1 briolette bead approximately 8mm tall x 6mm wide
  • 14 inches 18 or 20 gauge dead soft or half hard wire
  • 40 inches 24 gauge dead soft wire
  • an 8mm mandrel, such as a crayola crayon
  • a sharpie marker
  • a cotton swab and rubbing alcohol
  • round nose pliers
  • flat nose pliers
  • flush cutter
  • chasing or ball pein hammer
  • anvil or bench block

To begin, coil the 18 gauge wire around the mandrel twice near the center of the wire.

Yet another under-appreciated jewelry making tool
Yet another under-appreciated jewelry making tool

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How to Make Cone Coil Beads / Bead Caps

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.

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Spiral Head Pins and Simple Spiral Earrings – Free Tutorial

Elaborate earrings are fun to make and lovely to admire, but in everyday life many people prefer to wear simple earrings.  This tutorial will show how to make simple spiral earrings like those shown below.

Simple spiral wire wrapped earrings
Simple spiral wire wrapped earrings

Each earring is constructed in one piece, from a single piece of wire, rather than by attaching a dangle to an existing ear wire.

In the process of making these earrings you’ll be making spiral head pins.  While you’re making them for your earrings, why not make a few extra?  You’re sure to find many uses for these in your jewelry projects.

Wire wrapped spiral head pins
Wire wrapped spiral head pins

Materials (for one pair of earrings):

  • 2 6-inch lengths of dead soft 20 gauge wire
  • 2 4mm beads.  The sample pair uses Czech glass beads.

Tools:

  • Round nose pliers
  • Flat nose pliers
  • Flush cutters
  • Chasing or Ball Pein Hammer
  • Anvil or Bench Block
  • Wire Rounder / Cup Burr (They’re easier to find online by Googling “wire rounder”)
  • An 8mm mandrel, such as a Crayola crayon

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