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Funky Wire Beads

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If you're sick of boring jewelry crafts, try making your own homemade wire bead jewelry. Funky Wire Beads from Julianna Hudgins are a great, innovative project for anyone that likes to try something new and step outside of the box. Use different colors of wire to create a cool coil.

Funky Wire Beads
 

Materials:

  • Artistic Wire 22GA Rose, Lemon & Tangerine 1 spool each
  • Artistic Wire 20GA Non Tarnish Silver 1 spool
  • Beadalon Deluxe Coiling Gizmo
  • Beadalon Silver Chain #340B-010
  • Beadalon Silver Lobster Clasp #315B-005
  • Beadalon Round Nose Pliers, Wire Cutters & Flat Nylon Jaw Pliers
  • Swarovski Size 20 Peridot crystals or color of choice 21 pieces
  • Lime Green Dice 1 each
  • E6000, tooth pics & paper plate

Instructions:

  1. Apply glue with toothpick to add the crystals to each side of dice in numerical order 1 through 6 as shown in photo. Let dry in between sides for at least one minute at a time depending on environment that you are working in. Set finished dice to side.

    Funky Wire Beads
     
  2. Using the Rose and Lemon colored wire make a coil using the Deluxe Coiling Gizmo with the second to largest rod 4 inches long. Remove coil from rod and only cut wires from bottom of coil.

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  3. Insert Tangerine wire into bottom of coil and let coil slide down wire.

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  4. Wrap end of Tangerine wire around second to largest rod handle and make a coil about ½ inch long.

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  5. Slide original rose and lemon colored coil up to meet rod and wrap around handle.

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  6. Guide the coil up and over the rod by pushing the handle of rod forward and by guiding coil with thumb and pointer finger.

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  7. Continue to wrap coil on rod until coil is complete. Finish end by making a matching ½” long tangerine coil at end.

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  8. Remove wire bead from rod and cut off from spool. Cut wires from top.

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  9. Holding wire bead by small tangerine coils gently stretch wire bead apart being careful not to distort shape.

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  10. Cut a piece of non tarnish silver wire approx 8″ long. Using round nose pliers make a loop at one of wire.

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  11. Insert straight end of wire through tangerine coil.

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  12. Insert wire through dice.

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  13. Insert wire through top tangerine coil. Using round nose pliers make random loops with excess wire.
     
  14. Add pendant to chain with lobster clasp.

    Funky Wire Beads

For a comprehensive video tutorial of this project, check out How to Make a Funky Wire Bead with Artistic Wire.

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