How to Make a Beaded Wire Wrapped Link


Hey beautiful! In today’s post, I will show you how to make quick and easy beaded wire wrapped links, step-by-step. These links can form the basis of many different types of designs, such as: beaded chain lanyards for masks, eyeglasses, and badges. They can also be used as links in bracelets, necklaces, anklets, earrings, and more. Additionally, creating a single wire wrapped loop is often necessary for attaching a beaded component to an earring finding. This can be done by simply creating one side of a wire wrapped link, and not creating the loop on the other side.

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About the Wire Wrapped Link Materials:

24G jewelry wire

I really like the 24 gauge copper jewelry wire by the Benecreat brand, which is what I am using in the video demonstration for the beaded mask lanyard. The gold tone is a bit on the brassy side, but the finish does not flake or peel. Beebeecraft also carries tons of other tones of jewelry making wire, and additional gauges. I like the balance of strength and flexibility of the 24g wire; although, feel free to use a larger or smaller diameter if you’d like.

Making Wire Wrapped Links - Step by Step

You may find it helpful to view the beaded lanyard tutorial to see these steps for making wire wrapped links completed in real life. However, below are images from the video, which show you how to make a single wire wrapped link, step-by-step:

Step 1. 

Place a segment of wire between the round nose pliers, about 1″ from the top.

Step 2. 

Bend the short end of the wire into a 90 degree angle.

Step 3.

Turn the pliers vertically, and bend the short segment of wire over the top of the pliers to begin forming a loop.

Step 4.

Place the loop on the lower part of the pliers. Then, continue to bend the wire around the bottom of the pliers to finish forming the loop.

Step 5.

Beginning at the base of the loop, neatly wrap the shorter wire around the longer wire three times.

Step 6.

Trim off the excess of the shorter wire. as close to the end of the last wire-wrap.

Step 7.

With chain nose pliers, tuck in the cut edge of wire, and ensure the wraps are sitting tight and neat below the loop.

Step 8.

Add beads to the remaining length of wire, then grip wire with round nose pliers directly above the beads.

Step 9.

Bend the wire at a 90 degree angle.

Step 10.

Repeat steps 2-6 to form a loop on the opposite side.

How to Connect Additional Wire Wrapped Links

Once the first wire wrapped link is complete, you may create another wire wrapped link which permanently attaches to the first. To do this, complete steps 1-4 again with a new piece of wire. Next, slip the short end of wire through the loop of the old link before proceeding with step 5. Proceed with the next steps to complete the new beaded link. Continue adding new wire wrapped links in this manner until you have reached the desired length of chain.

Again, for much more in depth, and easy to follow instruction, please follow the video tutorial above to see the steps in action.

Further Thoughts

Below is a list of additional free beading tutorials, which incorporate wire wrapped links and/or wire wrapped loops in various forms:

Easy Wire Wrapped Link Beaded Bracelet

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