You will soon be mastering the art of wire wrapping with a little practice. What I love about wire wrapping is that you can use all sorts of seed beads, beads and gemstones to create a unique look to your own brand.
Let’s get started!
Fast Tutorial Video:
Watch this Fast Video for a quick overview of the process and then read the full tutorial below!
24-gauge gold wire
12 8mm Round Pearl Beads
2 Nunn Design Wire Frame Large Hoops
2 Nunn Design Jumpring 9mm Textured Ovals
2 Nunn Design Charm Primitive Crescent Moons
2 Nunn Design Ear Wire Ball
1 pair of Shear Flush Cutters
2 pair of Needle Nose Pliers
Step 1: Using your Flush Cutters, cut 2’ of 24 gauge wire.
You more than likely will not use all the wire, but in the beginning I found it to be stressful to not have enough wire.
Step 2: For this project, I only had the pearls down at the bottom, so I started to wrap the wire around 4 o’clock. Start to wrap the wire three times around the Nunn Design Wire Frame Large Hoop.
Because the gauge of wire is thicker, I didn’t tuck it under or secure it when I was started the wire wrapping. In the end we will cut the wire ends and crimp them down, but for now, just leave the “tail” of the wire alone.
Step 3: Thread on the first of your beads. To prevent the wire from showing from the “front” of the Wire Frame, wire wrap the next three wraps by going under the Wire Frame first. Wrap the wire around the Wire Frame three times.
Step 4: Continue to thread on beads and wire wrap 3 times in between each of the beads.
Use your fingers to “squish” the beads together, keeping them tight. You can also use a pair of needle nose pliers to “squish” together the wire if your wire wrapping isn’t as tight together as you would like.
Step 5: After you have threaded on your final bead and have wrapped the wire around your final 3 times, use a pair of flush cutters to trim away the excess wire.
I like to cut the wire on the inside of the hoop, to prevent the end from snagging on a surface or being rough to the touch.
Step 6: Using flush cutters, trim away the “tail” of the wire from where you started.
Step 7: Use a pair of needle nose pliers to crimp down the wire.
Step 8: Use 2 pairs of needle nose pliers to open one of the Nunn Design Jumpring 9mm Textured Ovals. With the opening slit of the Jumpring at 12:00 o’clock, hold the jumpring at 3 and 9 o’clock with the needle nose plier tips. To open the Jumpring, one pair of needle nose pliers will pull toward you and the other will push away.
Step 9: Thread the Nunn Design Jumpring 9mm Textured Ovals in the middle of the pearls.
Thread on one of the Nunn Design Charm Primitive Crescent Moons.
Close the jumpring until flushed together.
Step 10: Using a pair of needle nose pliers, bend back the ball part of the earwire. To allow for the Wire Frame to hang correctly, adjust the loop of the frame if needed.
Thread on the earwire. Close back the ball, securing the earwire onto the Wire Frame.
Step 11: Repeat the steps to create the pair!
There are several shapes in the Nunn Design Collection of Wire Frames. Enjoy creating a collection of your own!
Here are a couple other tutorials featured on the Nunn Design Blog for learning how to wire wrap.
- Crystal Wrap Cuff Bracelet Tutorial
- How to Make a Leather Wire Wrapped Bracelet
- How to Make Crescent Wire Wrapped Earrings
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