You may find that your wire ends are a little long. If they are, just snip them so they more even (fig. 7a, 7b). Using a rubber mallet, gently hammer the frame to straighten out any kinks in the wire (fig. 7c).
Now we can start planning the bead placement. That’s the fun part! I’ve made some crescent moons with one bead and three beads. In this tutorial, I will be using 3 carnelian beads (fig. 7d, 7e).
I like to start by securing the center bead first. Feed your first bead onto your strand of 24 gauge wire and position it in the center of moon (fig. 8a).
Secure one end by wrapping a few times around the frame (fig. 8b, 8c, 8d).
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Trim excess wire and tuck end in with needle nose pliers (fig. 9a, 9b). Repeat on other side of wire (fig. 9c, 9d). Repeat for two other beads (fig. 9e).
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Grab your piece of 18 gauge wire and fold in two (fig. 10a). Make a bend about 1/2” down from tip (fig. 10b). Use this to “hook” into the frame (fig. 10c).
Using needle nose pliers, grab the tip and pull it up, around and to the back of the frame. Tuck in your end (fig. 10e).