October 7, 2014

Wire Wrapped Dangles Without Using Headpins

Put down the head pin.  It doesn't have to end that way.  


Ah, the ubiquitous head pin.  It's a jewelry making staple that can be found anywhere beads need a place to rest.

Like most jewelry makers, I use lots of head pins, always have and always will.  But, if I don't have one handy, it will never stop me from getting the dangle made.

How to make wire wrapped dangles without using headpins: DIY, free tutorial

This weekend I didn't have any headpins while I was making these long rosary wrapped earrings.  The problem didn't stop me at all.

Here's the step by step:



How to make wire wrapped dangles without using headpins: DIY, free tutorial

Start with a wrapped loop.  If you are finishing a rosary chain like I was, the loop would be connected to the chain you are finishing.

How to make wire wrapped dangles without using headpins: DIY, free tutorial

Wrap the wire up around the side of the bead until it reaches the wrapped stem at the top of the bead.

How to make wire wrapped dangles without using headpins: DIY, free tutorial

Wrap the wire around the wrapped stem.

How to make wire wrapped dangles without using headpins: DIY, free tutorial

Wrap it all the way to the top keeping the wraps even.

How to make wire wrapped dangles without using headpins: DIY, free tutorial

Trim the wire end.  This is the bead dangle viewed from one side.


How to make wire wrapped dangles without using headpins: DIY, free tutorial



And this is the dangle from the other side.  You can adjust the  hanging loop by giving it a little twist to decide whether you want to be able to see the wrap or have it hidden on the back side of the bead.

This works with most any size round, oval or rondelle bead, even though it can be challenging on the smaller beads with thinner wire.  It does not work well with flat, pillow, or slice beads where the bead can turn to the side.

You can also choose to make the wrap even more decorative on larger beads by using twisted wire or by wrapping halfway around the bead in a spiral motion.  I'll post an example of that another time.

But I really want headpins

Sometimes, that's exactly how I feel.  So, I make balled headpins in either copper, fine silver or sterling silver and keep some on hand.  The link above goes to basic instructions on making balled headpins.  Here's another link on making headpins with heavy gauge wire.

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