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Making a Bail From a Headpin

Convert any bead into a charm or pendant by changing a headpin into a bail. Incorporate the bail into your jewelry designs.

Making a Wrapped Loop and Double-Wrapped Loop

Use the double wrapped-loop technique to attach a pendant or charm to a soldered loop on a chain for a secure finish. Link double wrapped loops together to create your own chain then finish with your choice of clasp.

Designing with Wire Coils

Wire coils created with tools, gadgets and forming devices have limitless possibilities in jewelry making.

Crochet with Wire: The Chain Stitch

Create strands of beaded crochet with wire, beads and a crochet hook. Choose beads that suit your style or your outfit. Briolette-shaped beads are a great choice as they dangle and sway, catching the light and showing off their color and facets.

Forming Basic Wire Shapes

Wire manipulation takes many forms in jewelry-making. A necklace and pendant design can be enhanced with handmade wire components that include a formed clasp, pendant hanger and bead cage. Work with soft tempered wire to minimize the risk of...

Forming Complex Wire Shapes

American sculptor, Alexander Calder (1898-1976) has been a great inspiration to many wireworking jewelry makers. His large-scale wire jewelry becomes complex when combined with other wire types, styles and shapes and varying materials. He has shown...

Using the Wire Twister

If using round wire, match up the two ends of a length of wire and place the folded end over an anchored nail or into the jaws on a bench vise.If using square wire don't fold it in half, use it singularly. Place the end into a bench vise to anchor...

Forming Wire Coils

Create wire coils with tools, gadgets and forming devices designed to make consistent coils for limitless jewelry-making. Have fun choosing from all the different wires to then make different coils.

Making Headpins from Wire

Sterling silver and copper wire can be fashioned into headpins finished with different patterns on the ends: spiral, diamond, pretzel and a hammered paddle.

Making a Simple Loop

Using round-nose pliers, grip the wire above the last bead added in your design or about 3/8 inch down from the end of a length of wire. Bend the wire to a 90 degree angle.
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