AptToCraft's Bead Drop Earrings and Wire Wrapped Cuff Bracelet
I was very excited when placing an order with Aunties Beads
to learn that I qualified for a free grab bag. I opted not to request a
specific color and was really looking forward to receiving my shipment.
The grab bag was full of beautiful shades of red beads of
varying sizes and styles and a few components as well.
In my mind I could see all kinds of creations with these
beads, but my skill level and patience wasn’t going to let that happen. So I
hung onto the bag of goodies for a while.
As I started experimenting with jewelry making I discovered
I liked making earrings and wire-wrapped cuff bracelets. So my decision was
made. This is how I would use the beads from the grab bag. To help the red
colors stand out I used a few smaller, darker beads that I had on hand.
For the earrings I used standard silver headpins to hold the
beads, then attached each head pin to a silver earring component by threading
the head pin through the hole at the bottom of the component. I then used small
needle-nose pliers to bend the head pin to form a loop and wrapped the bottom
of the loop a few times. I then used wire cutters to trim the excess.
Supplies for the
- Two head pins
- Two earrings components
- Six beads of your choice, three for each earring
- Small needle-nose pliers
- Wire cutters
For the wire-wrapped cuff bracelet I used 14-gauge solid
galvanized wire from the hardware department of a local store to make the
bracelet frame. I cut two 7-½ inches of the wire.
Using medium-sized needle-nose pliers I formed a loop at
each end of each length of wire. To get an initial bracelet form I wrapped each
length around a soup can. I then used artistic wire (a larger gauge than 14)
and wrapped the two lengths together, side-by-side, at each end. Once the two
pieces were secure I put it on my wrist to form it just a little more.
After forming the bracelet I held it at the center and
gently pulled each length of wire away from each other. This created the gap
between the lengths of wire to accommodate the beads and wire wrapping.
It is important to start with the largest bead in this
project because as you wrap the wire it tends to pull the two pieces of the
frame back together. I thread a length of artistic wire through the largest
bead and attached it by wrapping each end of the artistic wire around the
bracelet frame. After that I cut a longer length of artistic wire and began
wrapping and weaving it around the frame, adding beads periodically as I went
along. I finished the piece by wrapping artistic wire around the sides of the
bracelet that were too small for weaving.
Supplies for the
wire-wrapped cuff bracelet:
I want to mention that after these two projects
I still have lots of beads left in my grab bag and look forward to seeing what
else I can make with them.
- Two 7-1/2 lengths of solid yet manipulative lower gauge wire for the frame
- Spool of a thinner, more flexible, higher gauge artistic wire
- Needle-nose pliers
- Beads of your choice
- Wire cutters
- Teresa Ann's designs can be found at her website, AptToCraft.BlogSpot.com.
Wow! I adore your cuff bracelet and your earrings. BEAUTIFUL!
Thank you for sharing the pictures and providing a clear tutorial.I hope to someday be able to create beautiful pieces such as these. Can't wait to check out your website.
I, too, qualified for a free Auntie's Grab Bag and didn't request a specific color. I was very pleased with the colors I received (topaz crystals, leaf-shaped howlite (or magnesite?) beads, a beautiful turquoise colored butterfly pendant and more. Just a wonderfu
Thanks so much Lois for your comments.
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