In Part 1 of this tutorial, you learned how to make a simple loop using a head pin. Now, I’m going to show you how to make a beaded link using the same simple loop technique. My first thought was to cram part 1 and 2 all into one blog post, but then I came to my senses and decided breaking this tutorial into two separate posts would be the logical and easier way to go.
Please note: In this part of the tutorial, I am using a 6 mm bead. The length of wire cut is the length that will accommodate a 6 mm bead. When making bead links with larger or smaller beads, you will have to experiment with different lengths of wire to determine what length is best for the size of bead you are using.
Materials needed to make a bead link:
6 mm beads
20-gauge craft wire
Round nose pliers
Chain nose pliers
How to Make a Bead Link:
1. Cut a 1-1/4-inch piece of 20-gauge wire and hold the wire between the jaws of your round nose pliers.
2. With your other hand, push the wire to wrap it around the jaw.
3. This will form a small loop at one end of your wire that is sort of bent to one side.
4. To straighten the loop, place the bottom jaw of the pliers into the loop.
5. Make a slight bend of the wire to the right.
6. You will end up with a loop at the top of your wire. It should loop like a little lollipop.
7. Thread a 6 mm bead onto the wire.
8. Make a 90-degree bend of the wire.
9. Trim the wire to 5/16-inch. Place the wire just a hair past the 1/4-inch mark that you made on your round nose pliers. Make a simple loop in the same manner as Part 1 of this tutorial.
10. You will be left with a beaded link. If your loops are open on either end, just take your chain nose pliers to gently squeeze them closed.
I recommend buying inexpensive craft wire and head pins to practice making your loops. You’ll find that once you get this skill down, you will be coming up with all kinds of jewelry and beading projects that incorporate beaded links.
Later on this week, I’ll be posting a new jewelry project so you can put your new skills to use.