In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to wire-wrap a bead pendant.
Wire wrapping a bead is a simple and easy way to make a cute pendant which can be hung from a chain or cord.
I use 18 gauge wire and a 10mm bead but I encourage you to experiment with different sizes of wire and beads to achieve a slightly different look.
Materials & Tools
- 1 – 14” piece of wire – 18 Gauge Round Wire
- 1 Bead (10-12 mm) with hole big enough for wire
- Jump Ring
- Needle Nose Pliers
- Round Nose Pliers
- Wire Cutters
Cut 1 piece of wire – approximately 14” in length. This will give you lots of wire to work with.
Position your needle nose pliers approximately 4-5” from the top as shown in pic.
Make a bend in the wire.
Position your round nose pliers as shown in pic.
Please note that where you place your wire on the pliers determines the size of the loop at top of pendant (bail size)
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Wrap the short end up & around the top barrel of the round nose pliers.
Form a loop around the barrel.
Here is what the loop should look like. This will be the bail of the pendant.
Note: The “bail” is used to suspend the pendant on a necklace. For this type of bail, you’ll need a jump ring in order to hang from cord or chain.
Position your needle nose pliers over loop as shown in pic. This is to keep the wire steady for the next step. The “short end” wire should be crossing over the bottom longer wire.
(If you have nylon jaw pliers, use those instead. It will prevent any scratching to the wire).
Wrap the short end around the back of the long wire.
Bring the short end around to make a loop around the long wire.
Make 8-9 loops around the long wire. Pay special attention to keeping your pliers steady (to make the wrapping easier)
Feed wire through bead and position bead as shown.
Secure bead and coil together with your fingers so they remain aligned. Gently bend wire at base of bead as tightly as possible.
This part requires a little practice.
If you find the coiled part gets “bent out of shape”, just bend back in shape.
Gently bend the wire up, along the side of the bead. Keep wrapping over top of bead.
Send wire to back, around the coil.
Wrap wire around coil.
Shape wire around side of bead.
Keep shaping the wire along the bead. Make sure you are wrapping the wire in front of the other wire.
Wrap wire around the coil.
Bring coil to front and start wrapping around the side again…on the backside of the existing wire.
Pull wire over top of coil.
Send wire around back of coil.
Wrap wire again around front over coil.
Send wire to back one last time.
Using your wire cutters, cut wire right at base.
Using your needle nose pliers, tuck away the end so it’s not sticking out.
At this point your pendant is complete!
You can attach it to a cord or chain with a jump ring.
If you’re a newbie, check out Wire-Wrapping for Beginners for lots of resources.
If you’d like to see my work and follow my wire journey, you can find me here: