How to Make a Bead Bracelet

This beginner's bead bracelet project is a great way to learn how to string beads with wire. Follow these hints and step-by-step instructions.

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This article on making a bead bracelet is posted here compliments of the Wire Artist Jeweller.

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This is a neat, simple project that will teach you how to string beads with wire. You can take these skills and create bracelets, necklaces, earrings, etc.  With different types and sizes of beads, you can create many different looks. Don't be afraid to experiment a bit. It's how we all learn a lot of things, by trial and error. You may, however, want to make that "error" with a cheaper wire!

Enjoy the project and wear it with pride!

Getting Started on Your Bead Bracelet

Before picking up your tools and cutting any wire, please read these instructions carefully and completely to make sure you understand them.

Materials You'll Need for This Project

  • 1½' (45 cm) of 21 round hard
  • 6″ (15 cm) of 22 square hard
  • 11 beads (4 mm or 6 mm, your choice)
  • 22 little gold-filled beads (2mm, optional)

Approximate cost of materials: $12.00, using gold-filled wire. (IGS editor's note: this is based on 1999 costs).

Tools You'll Need

Helpful Hints

To make loops of the same size, mark your pliers with masking tape.

Before you cut the 11 pieces of wire into the 1¼" size, work one piece to completion. This will establish whether your loop is the same size as the one in the project. If you prefer a larger loop, cut your pieces longer.

Step-By-Step Procedures for Making Your Bead Bracelet

Step 1

Your first step is to read the Helpful Hints!  Then cut 11, 1¼" (or whatever size is right for you) pieces of 21 round hard. Take one piece and, with your round-nose pliers, make a loop at one end.

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Step 2

Now, with your round-nose pliers still in the loop, bend the loop backwards slightly so that it is now centered.

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Step 3

Thread on the bead of your choice.

thread the bead 3

Step 4

Bend the wire at the top of the beads over at a right angle and cut off about ⅜" from the bead.

bend the wire 4

Step 5

Now, with your round-nose pliers, begin to curl the wire in.

curl the wire 5

Step 6

Continue to curl it into a loop until it meets and forms a circle.

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Step 7

Repeat Steps 1 to 6 until you have used up all 11 pieces of the wire you prepared. All of your bead links are now done. To join them together, take your flat-nose pliers and open up one of the loops sideways.

open the loop 7

Link another loop onto it.

link another loop 7a

Close again sideways with your flat-nose pliers.

close the loop 7b

Repeat Step 7 to link all the beads together.

Step 8

Make two S-hooks to go on either end of the bracelet.

Step 9

Cut a 2½" length of 22 square hard wire. With your round-nose pliers, make a loop at each end of the wire as shown below.

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Step 10

With your round-nose pliers still in the loop, pull back slightly to center the loop. Do both loops.

center the loops 9

Step 11

With your round-nose pliers, hold the wire in the center and slowly bring it around so you have a U-bend and the two loops meet evenly.

U-bend 10

Step 12

Hold the U-bend with your flat-nose pliers about ⅛" from the end and gently squeeze together.

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Step 13

Using your flat-nose pliers, bend the loop on the tip up on an angle.

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Step 14

Place your round-nose pliers about ⅝" from the end (where the marks are in the picture below).

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Step 15

Bend it around as shown in the two illustrations below.



Step 16

With the pliers still in the hook, move them to the back of the loop and bend backwards, as shown here.

bend backwards 16

Step 17

Then, bend forward again.

bend forward 17

Step 18

Attach this hook to your bracelet by opening your S-hooks sideways and closing them again. Use the eye described in February's beginner's section for the other end of your bracelet. You're done! You should now have something that resembles the illustration below.

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This beginner's project was published in the March 1999 issue of Wired. All designs and images in this article are © 1999 by the Wire Artists Group. All rights reserved. Any unauthorized use, reproduction, or transfer of its content, in any medium, is strictly prohibited.

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