I have been playing with a little add on to the usual wire wrapped loop and I’m getting ready to make lots of jewelry pieces with different variations of these wire wrapped clusters.
It’s an addition to the standard wire wrapped loop you would use to join beads into a chain for a bracelet or necklace. Adding two beads per section of wire and a dangle bead in the center of the double beaded wire wrapped loop adds a look of fullness and interest. This cluster configuration works well with round beads of at least 10 – 12mm. It would work with other shaped beads as well. There are countless possibilities.
You could also make a great necklace. Imagine a string of brightly colored clusters attached to long cording, ribbon or silk! Several of these bracelets layered together in different fun colors of the same size bead would look really great together and work with the current color blocking trend.
I’m assuming you know how to make and connect wire wrapped loops already. If not, there are quite a few videos out there that do a good job of showing you the basics. Here is a video that shows some of the basics from Beadaholique.
If you are good with wire wrapped loops, then this is the easiest way to assemble the clusters.
Make All Your Wire Wrapped Dangles First!
1) Cut about 2.5 inches of wire. I used 24 gauge wire to fit through the glass pearls I used in this bracelet.
2) Create a tiny loop at one end of the wire and string the bead on the wire. You could use headpins too – but I like using wire and I like the look of the tiny loops at the end.
3) Create a wire wrapped loop on the other side of the bead.
4) Make as many as you need for the length of your bracelet or necklace.
Make Your Double Wire Wrapped Loop Sections to be Connected Together
1) Cut about 4 inches of wire depending on the size of your beads. Make a wire wrapped loop on one end. Slide on one bead, one dangle and the second bead.
2) Start the second loop on the other side of the section and attach to the next wire wrapped loop and so on.
3) Continue as many times as you need to complete your project.
4) Attach your clasp of choice. I love magnetic clasps. Note: magnetic claps can not be worn if you have in implanted medical device such as a pacemaker.
I hope that provides a little inspiration.
Have fun. Time to get back to my other projects so perhaps I can get some sleep tonight. I had no less than 5 five year olds running around my house today so I did not get much accomplished today!