Enhance Your BEADS with Freeform Wire Weaving, Wrapping and Coiling

Originally posted as Enhance Your BEADS with Freeform Wire Weaving, Wrapping and Coiling by Sandy. Learn how to decorate beads with wire weaving and coils, then add a woven wire bail for a special touch. For more posts like this, please check out Keepsake Crafts .

Oct 18, 2023 - 14:03
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Enhance Your BEADS with Freeform Wire Weaving, Wrapping and Coiling

Originally posted as Enhance Your BEADS with Freeform Wire Weaving, Wrapping and Coiling by Sandy.

Have you ever come across a bead that needed just a little something more?

Maybe it was a bead you created yourself, in clay, ceramic, glass or the like.

That’s what started me on this project, while learning how to lampwork I made some beads that were on the verge of being nice, they just needed a little help.

These techniques can be used to enhance any beads, turning “meh” into something special!

Tools & Materials:

As a starting point for figuring how much wire you need:

  • 26 gauge wire wrapped on 20 gauge yields 1 inch of coils per 10 inches wrapping wire
  • 28 gauge wire wrapped on 22 gauge yields 1 inch of coils per 6 inches wrapping wire

Helpful videos:

Notes about wire:

  • If you want to add a patina to your wire work, do NOT buy wire that has a coating or says non-tarnish.
  • You can purchase wire from Amazon, but for the silver filled you’ll likely get better prices from RioGrande.com or FireMountainGems.com

Beads from Dollar Bead Box:

Share your work and see what other jewelry artists are creating in my Keepsake Crafts Create Facebook group!

Black & Purple lampwork bead with silver coils:

  • 1 ¼” x ½ “ bead
  • 20 gauge base wire
  • 24 gauge wrapping wire
  • 8.5 inches base wire
  • 3 inches of wrapped coils

Turquoise lampwork with copper weaving:

  • 1 ¼” x ½ “ bead
  • Two 20 gauge base wires, 6 inches each
  • 26 gauge weaving wire
  • 2 inches of weaving

Opalite Oval with silver coils:

  • 1 ¼” x 5/8 “ bead
  • 22 gauge base wire, 7 ½ inches long
  • 28 gauge coiling wire
  • 5 inches of coils (30 in. 28 gauge wire)

Stabilized turquoise with copper weaving:

  • 3/4” x 5/8“ bead
  • Two 20 gauge base wires, 7 inches each
  • 26 gauge weaving wire
  • 2 inches of weaving

Green & black lampwork with copper weaving:

  • 1 3/8” x 3/8“ bead
  • Three 20 gauge base wires, 7 inches each
  • 26 gauge weaving wire
  • 2 ¼ inches of weaving

Watch the Enhance Your BEADS with Freeform Wire Weaving, Wrapping and Coiling video on YouTube.

For more posts like this, please check out Keepsake Crafts .

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