Tutorial: Wire Wrapped Bead Connector

Originally submitted by Corinne of CCDesign

I thought I would make a series of tutorials for those beaders who needed some lessons on wire-wrapping. The first in this series would be on how to wire-wrap a loop bead connector. A bead connector is used in bracelets, necklaces and anklets to connect other beads, jumprings, wire links and other jewelry components.

I have taken pictures for each example in these easy to follow steps.

Step 1. Cut a piece of wire 4″ long. Bend your wire at a 90 degree angle at 1 1/4″.

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Step 2. Using your round nose pliers, position your pliers at the bend and turn your wrist to form a loop.

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Step 3. This step requires using both hands and 2 pair of pliers. Using your duck bill pliers, position your pliers over the loop you just made. With your needle nose pliers, grip the tail end of your wire, making sure your loop is round and your wire is at a 90 angle. Now start wrapping your wire at least 3 wraps, making sure each wrap is tight against the last wrap and that you maintain your wire at a 90 angle to keep your wire straight and even.

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Step 4. Add your beads and leave about 1/4 of wire. Your space needs to be long enough to make 3 wraps between the beads and the loop, but more more than. Bend your wire 90 degrees and wrap the wire the same way as you did in step 3.

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Step 5. Cut your wire tails as close as possible to the wraps and using your needle nose pliers smooth your wire ends against the wraps.

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Spotlight: Dawn’s Beaded Delights

Dreaming

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Dawn, and I live in Delaware. I am a full time Respiratory Therapist working in pediatrics at a rehabilitation hospital. I ride a motorcycle, a wave runner, travel and make jewelry to unwind.

What is your etsy shop address and name?
Dawns Beaded Delights.etsy.com

What is the first thing you can remember making by hand? How and why did you make it?
I loved making things as a kid, I made jewelry in college for extra money, mostly pins , not beading.

What inspires you? Where do your ideas come from?
I like colors and combining colors , I love going to the bead store or antique store and finding colors I love and then putting them all together.

What are your favorite materials?
Anything that I think I can put together to look great. I love working with clay, and once I get situated in my new place, I want to work more with that.

What is your favorite thing you do with beads?
I love sets, and matching everything together. I made some neat watches too, you can interchange the bands to change the look. I also made some cute wine charms and holiday napkin rings.

Do you work with other things besides beads?
I love polymer clay, and plan to make more polymer clay items soon.

What is your favorite color?
I love pink.

Any pearls of wisdom on selling handmade stuff?
It’s hard not to take things personally, I did a craft show that was a total bust, then did wonderful at a business vendor day, so you never know. I would love to sell more online, but I think you need to see things in person sometimes to appreciate them.

Apart from creating things, what do you do?
I love country line dancing, riding my motorcycle and traveling, we are going back to Mexico this December, we had such a wonderful time there.

Tell us about etsyBEAD! What would you like to see the Street Team doing to help promote you and Etsy?
I would like to maybe see some contests, I enjoy the Theme of the Week, and would love to see more contest like that, anything that is fun and inspiring. I work in the medical field, so beading and jewelry design is an excellent outlet to let go , relax and create!

Thanks Dawn!