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Beaded Pirate Zipper Pull

With a couple beads and some wire, you can create a cool accent for a fall wearable. A Beaded Pirate Zipper Pull from Candace Jedrowicz adds a fun and unexpected dimension to a kids' jacket. With bead craft ideas like this, you'll never pick up the wrong coat!

Beaded Pirate Zipper Pull


  • Skull bead
  • Metal charm
  • Accent bead with a hole large enough to fit 2 wires through
  • 20 gauge wire
  • Lanyard clip
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers


  1. Cut a 5″ piece of wire. Bend 1 1/2″  around the round nose pliers.
  2. Create a loop by pinching the wire on the other side of the bend.

    Beaded Pirate Zipper Pull
  3. Slide the metal charm onto the loop.

    Beaded Pirate Zipper Pull
  4. Slide a bead over both ends of the wire.

    Beaded Pirate Zipper Pull
  5. Bend the short wire tail down and wrap is around the long wire tail 2 or 3 times.Trim off the excess.

    Beaded Pirate Zipper Pull
  6. Slide the skull bead on the wire.

    Beaded Pirate Zipper Pull
  7. Grab the wire with the round nose pliers just above the skull bead and wrap it around the pliers.

    Beaded Pirate Zipper Pull
  8. Continue holding the wire with the pliers and wrap the tail around between the pliers and skull bead 2-3 times. Trim excess wire.

    Beaded Pirate Zipper Pull
  9. Slide the loop onto the lanyard and crimp the lanyard slightly with the chain nose pliers to secure the dangle.

    Beaded Pirate Zipper Pull


For a comprehensive video tutorial of this project, check out How to Make a Zipper Pull.

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