Czech beads are not just for beaders! If you love working with wire, consider using them for a wire wrapped project. Here I take advantage of the two diagonal holes just as I did with the beaded earrings tutorial earlier this week. Four of these are grouped into a square and placed in a diamond orientation.
What You Need :
- 20 G half-hard wire for the frame
- 26 G dead soft wire for wire wrapping (silver plated silver courtesy of Parawire)
- Dia or Silky Beads (courtesy of The Best Beads Shop)
- Ear wires ( I made mine using my large bail forming pliers)
- Flush cutters
- Nylon jawed pliers - use a folded piece of paper towel if you don't have this
- Broad nose or chain nose pliers
- Round nose pliers
- Medium bail forming pliers - or use a small dowel stick. Round nose pliers give an uneven result because of their taper.
- Steel block and hammer
Cut an 8 inch length of 26 G wire and string 4 Dia beads with the same side facing. Feed one end of the wire through the first bead in the opposite direction.
Slowly pull on the ends so the wire circle closes and groups the beads into a square. You will not be able to complete butt the sides of the beads together. So don't force it or you will break the bead.
Note that the wire ends are situated so one can be used to wrap around the gap between the beads in a vertical way and the other, horizontally. This in effect "fills" the gap.
Once wrapped, take the wire ends behind the bead square (i.e. the side without the pattern) and wrap the wires together once or twice.
Measure the sides of the bead square. I then marked this length (5x needed) at intervals along the wire, beginning at the center of the wire and moving outwards.
Use the broad nose pliers which has a better grip than chain nose pliers for this application. Place the edge at the center mark and bend the wire at a 90 degree angle.
Continue to bend at this angle at the other marks to form a square. Bend the wires outwards when they meet.
Work harden the frame. I went further and hammered the frame flat (optional).
Take a length of 26 G wire about 12-14 inches long and feed it through the outer hole of one of the Dia beads. Position the bead square so it sits within the frame.
Feed the wire end through the next Dia bead's outer hole and continue wire wrapping on the other side.
I used the medium bail forming pliers to create a simple loop bail.
Trim all the excess wire. Tuck down the ends of the binding wire.
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I used my iPhone 5, the camera+ app and the Modahaus Tabletop Studio TS400 in artificial lights - 2 angle poise lamps each equipped with 100 W daylight CFL bulbs with a boost from nearby ceiling LED light strip. Most of the photo editing was done in app but some photos needed a quick touch to lighten and contrast quickly in Adobe Photoshop Elements. Click here for more information on my How to Photograph Jewelry webinar.
Before You Go:
- Double Hole Diamond Shape Gemstone Wire Wrapped Ring Tutorial
- Easy Wire Wrapped Stud Earrings Tutorials
- How to Make Coiled Wire Framed Gemstone Earrings Tutorial
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