Basic Wire Wrapping Techniques | Making Jewelry


Hi, I’m Tam and I’m going to show you how
to wire wrap. This is a very popular technique. This is one of our popular workshops at our
store. Everybody sort of likes to do this because
it’s very low tool usage and you can do a lot of things with this technique. So this is not like a super commercial technique
but it’s an ancient technique because if you go to the mat you’ll find a lot of the old
jewelry is made exactly like this. So basically we are going to use wire. Usually for practice I use this copper wire
that’s gold plated or silver plated and then as you get better at the skill you can change
it and use gold wire, real gold wire or silver wire and you’ll have more of a fine jewelry. So then the tools you’ll need will be a round
nose pliers. I like to use a smaller round nose because
these come in different sizes. So for our projects here, because we’re using
smaller beads, I’m using a small wire round nose pliers. The other important tool you need is a very
pointy flat nose. So this is very, very pointy and it’s very,
very thin. So you’re going to need this very fine point
for the wire to grab it. You’re going to need very good snippers and
that’s basically it. So these are the things that you can make
with this technique. Basically we’re making links from wire and
then with that basic component we can link things together and add beads. And then this is also another sample. So this is like a store bought chain, it’s
a manufactured chain and then you can just add stones to it as you like. You can also add dangles. So instead of horizontally linking you can
vertically link and build vertically with this technique. This is also with the chain, with the earrings
and we just hang the dangles off of the chain to create these earrings. This is another chain that we just dangle
the pearls off of, or this bracelet. These are just some of the projects that we
have at our store. Another thing you can do is make links so
you can actually physically make a link bracelet that’s all metal. This one I made from heavier silver wire and
I made the links and I linked them all together and added the pearls. Now I’m going to show you how to make the
basic component of this technique. You’re going to choose the wire once again
that fits your bead if you’re going to use beads. Or if you want to use, make a link bracelet
or something you might want to use something heavier. In wire the diameter of the wire is measured
in gauges. The higher the number is the finer the gauge,
the thinner the metal is. So for example this is an 18 gauge and it’s
thicker and I’m going to use a 24 gauge and its thinner. For this size bead, I’ll just put a few out
here, I would probably do like just a one and a half inch piece of wire. Normally I just cut like a bunch of, sort
of start an assembly line so I just cut a bunch of pre-cut pieces. Then I’m going to make my round nose pliers
and I’m going to hold it about a third of the way down. And metal wire has memory. So what I want to achieve is a round loop,
so in order to do that I’m going to bend the metal, the wire in both directions before
I get the loop. So that means I’m going to do this. I’m going to push it against the round nose
pliers of where about approximately the size of the loop I want to make, which is there. And then I’m going to push it the other way
and bring it all the way around. Then I’m going to switch hands because I’m
right-handed and I’m going to hold the little loop with my round nose pliers
in the left hand and take my pointy pliers and now I’m just going to make a coil and
wrap it around. So basically that’s what you’re doing but
you’re going to make it much neater as you go along. So that’s the three steps, cutting the wire,
making the first loop, and then coiling around. I also wanted to show you this other type
of bead. It’s not round and this is called a briolette
cut. So basically it looks like this, basically
it’s like a teardrop. So I’m going to add it onto the chain that
we’re building. This is another nice element because it reflects
light in a different way so it just kind of moves differently. And then on the briolette I’m going to, instead
of making it really, really tight, and fixed at the coil, I’d like to give the briolettes
a little room to sort of move just because then it looks really nice and it just kind
of makes it more, your piece more interesting. I’m not going to coil all the way against
the bead like I would on the round beads. I’m just going to do it to about there and
leave a little space for it to sort of move back and forth, like that. And I’m gonna just push the coil away from
the bead to give it just a little bit more room. And then here I’ll snip so that you can sort
of get the full idea. See the loop all kind of crazy? I’m just going to straighten it with my pliers. Now it’s a little bit neater and then you
want to just get in really, really tight with your straight edge on the inside and then
you’re just going to make a clean snip and then if you have a little bit of a tear you
can just close that with the pliers. So then it looks like that.

24 Replies to “Basic Wire Wrapping Techniques | Making Jewelry”

  1. There are many camera angles in this video but there aren't enough close-ups of what she's doing to follow along… next time more overhead close-ups would be better!

  2. I agree with the other comments about going too fast and not getting close-ups of what you were actually trying to teach. I've seen nonprofessional teaching videos, with just one camera, better than this one.

  3. This video is full of GREAT information. However, it is filmed poorly, so all the details involved with this technique are completely lost. I so badly wanted to see exactly what she was doing (this is a "how to" video after all), but all her work is lost. Too bad.

  4. I am deaf and need the subtitles to follow the narrative, so this video suited me down to the ground!! I found it very informative, but also I notice some comments about it going too fast, but I found it adequate, as you can always stop it and go back a few paces to go through it again. I think it's an excellent video. To see exactly what was going on, you would need to expand the picture to full size, then it would show up much more clearly.

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