HOME NEW Pearl Education Beading Q & A Tools Jewelry Tech Video Jewelry Glossary

Chain and Cord Techniques

Wire Wrapped Bird's Nest

Step 1Cut a 5 foot length of wire. Make a loop 6" in from the end of your wire. This will leave you with one wire end that is approximately 6" long and the other end approximately 4.5 feet long. Step 2Make another loop with the longer end of your wire. Step 3Continue making random loops in your wire. Increase the size of the loops until you make a messy base that is at least 1/2" wide.

Using a Wire Gauge

Step 1The wire gauge measures 34 to 8 gauge wire and sheet metal. The slots are used to measure the gauge. The numbers next to each slot will tell you the gauge in inches, gauge and millimeters. Step 2To measure wire, slide the wire into a slot. In this case the wire fits loosely in the slot so it is not 22 gauge wire. Step 3Slide the wire into a smaller slot. In this case the wire does not fi

Using Wolf Grooved Looping Pliers

Step 1Grasp your wire about 1½ down from the top with your Groovy chain nose pliers. The wire should rest in the groove. Step 2With your finger, push the wire to a 90° angle. Step 3Lay the bent wire in one of the grooves of the Groovy Looping pliers. The groove closest to the tip will make a smaller loop than the groove furthest from the tip. Step 4Grasp th

Using Vintaj OneStep Loop Pliers

Step 1String a bead or beads onto a head pin. Step 2Insert the wire so the bead is next to the lower jaw and the excess wire extends through the hole. Step 3Squeeze the handles together to trim and start forming the wire loop. Step 4Continue squeezing the handles to finish the wire loop. Step 5Before releasing the handle

Wire and Bead Flower

Step 1Choose a crystal or bead color. Step 2Cut 2 feet of 28 gauge wire. String 3 beads. Step 3Bring the beads to the center of the wire. Go back through two of the beads with one end of the wire. Step 4Pull the wire taut. Step 5String 3 beads on one end of the wire. Step 6Thread the

Beaded Snowflake Form

Step 1Choose a snowflake form. Step 2Choose one of the wires and add your first bead. Step 3It is a good idea to start with small beads in the center. The wires are close together here and this will ensure all your beads will fit. Step 4Continue adding beads to the wire, leaving at least 1/2 inch of space at the top. Step 5

Finishing Memory Wire

Step 1Begin your memory wire piece by making a loop on one side of the coil of wire. Grasp the end of the memory wire with your round nose pliers so the end of the wire is just showing. Step 2Rotate the pliers to form a loop.Tip: Memory wire is a very stiff metal and can be hard to bend. Try positioning the wire between your finger and the tool for stability and control. Step 3Reposition you

Wire Wrapped Ring - Simple Wrap

Step 1Cut 18" of 20 gauge wire. String your bead to the center of the wire length. For a different look you can string more than one bead. Step 2Bend both ends of wire against the bead so they are pointing downward. This will insure that your bead stays in place. Step 3Position the bead on a ring mandrel one size up from the ring size you desire. We are making a size 7 ring so we positioned th

Wire Wrapped Ring - Messy Wrap

Step 1Cut 36" of 20 gauge wire. String your bead to the center of the wire length. Step 2Bend both ends of wire against the bead so they are pointing downward. This will insure that your bead stays in place Step 3Position the center of the bead on a ring mandrel one size up from the ring size you desire. We are making a size 7 ring so we positioned the bead at the size 8 mark.

Messy Wire Wrapped Link

Step 1Grasp your wire about 3" down from the top with your chain nose pliers. Step 2With your finger, push the wire to a 90° angle. Step 3Using your round nose pliers, grasp the wire right at the bend. Step 4Pull the wire around the round nose pliers until it is almost pointing directly down. Step 5Reposition your pli

Wire Herringbone

Step 1Cut a 15-16" piece of wire. Make a wire wrapped loop on one end. Wrap the wire around doubling the amount of wraps you will want in your wire herringbone weave. For example we are making 10 wrapped coils which will equal 5 wraps around the bead. Refer to the wire wrapped link technique Step 2String a bead onto the wire. Step 3Repeat Step 1 for the other end of your wire. Make sure there

Wire Wrapping - Around a Bead

Step 1Cut a 5" piece of wire. Make a wire wrapped loopat one end of the wire. Step 2String a bead onto the wire. Step 3Make a wire wrapped loop on the other side of the bead. Step 4Wrap the wire down to the bead. Step 5Bring the wire down behind and back over the bead, continuing the wrapping motion.

Wire Wrapped Link

Step 1Grasp your wire about 1 down from the top with your chain nose pliers. Step 2With your finger, push the wire to a angle. Step 3Using your round nose pliers, grasp the wire right at the bend. Step 4Pull the wire around the round nose pliers until it is almost pointing directly down. Step 5Reposition your plier

Covering a Briolette

Step 1String one briolette onto one foot of wire. Step 2Slide the briolette to the center of the wire. Step 3Pull both sides of the wire up - forming the wire to the sides of the hole of the briolette. Step 4Use your chain nose pliers to gently squeeze the two pieces of wire together. The wires should be parallel to each other. This will form a small triang

Wire Wrapping

Step 1String a bead or beads on the head pin. Remember to have at least an inch of wire above the last bead. Step 2Using the tips of your chain nose pliers, grab the wire directly above the beads. Step 3With your finger, push the wire to a 90° angle. Step 4Using your round nose pliers, grasp the wire right at the bend. Step 5

Simple Loop

Step 1String a bead or beads onto a head pin. Step 2Cut the head pin, leaving 3/8". Step 3Bend the wire at the top of the bead to a 90° angle with chain nose pliers or your fingers. Step 4Grasp the end of the wire with round nose pliers so the wire is flush with the tool. Step 5Rotate the pliers to form a loop.

Glue Beads onto Wire Lace Ribbon

Step 1Crimp a clasp onto the wire lace ribbon. Step 2String a bead onto the other end of your wire lace ribbon. Step 3Place a drop of glue on the wire lace ribbon where you want your bead to be. I placed this drop of glue about 1.5 inches from the crimp bead. Step 4Slide your bead over the drop of glue. Hold it there for about 15 seconds.

Wire Lace Ribbon with a Crimp Bead

Step 1Cut the Soft Flex 2 inches longer then your desired finished length. Cut the wire lace twice as long as the Soft Flex. String a 2x2mm crimp bead onto the Soft Flex. Step 2String one end of the clasp on the Soft Flex. Then go back through the crimp bead, creating a loop around the clasp. Step 3Crimp the crimp bead using the crimping pliers. Step 4Use a

Wire Lace Ribbon with a Jumbo Crimp Bead

Step 1Cut the Soft Flex 2 inches longer than your desired finished length. Cut your wire lace twice as long as the Soft Flex. Thread the Soft Flex all the way through the center of the wire lace tube. Step 2Twist the wire lace around the end of the Soft Flex until it comes to a point. Step 3String a 3x3mm crimp bead onto the wire lace. Step 4String one end

Making an S-Link with Multi-Sized Looping Pliers

Step 1Begin by flush cutting the end of a 3-inch piece of wire. Step 2To make the small loop of the link, grasp the very end of the wire with the second smallest part of the looping pliers. These looping pliers are able to make 6 different size loops. Step 3Rotate the pliers to create a complete loop. Step 4Grasp the wire just above the loop with the base o