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Wire Wrap a Charm


About this Tip:

Here's a cute way to turn a bead into a charm: wire wrap it with a head pin and pliers!

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Put a head pin through your bead.
Step 2:
You can use chain nose or round nose pliers for this step. I prefer round nose. Bend the wire at a 90-degree angle up from the bead.
Step 3:
While keeping your grip with the round nose pliers, wrap the wire over the top round nose.
Step 4:
Wrap the wire around the nose, continue gripping the wire with your round nose pliers and wrap the end around the wire.
Step 5:
Wrap the wire around as many times as needed to get to the bead.
Step 6:
Cut the remaining wire with wire cutters and press in the end with chain nose pliers.
Step 7:
Check out your finished charm.

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    S Wagner says:

    I still cannot get the “hang” of tucking in the end of wire, any suggestions out there?

  2. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    I use my crimping pliers to tuck in the end. Works every time for me! :D

  3. Jade aka Caryn
    Jade aka Caryn says:

    Great idea Lynn. I will try that next time

  4. juku7
    juku7 says:

    Sounds like a plan, Lynn. Will try it out. Thanks.

  5. DB
    DB says:

    Finally a simple and pictorial explanation! I will definitely use this hint!

  6. reiljreilj
    reiljreilj says:

    love all the tips!

  7. stylinga
    stylinga says:

    Try using bent nose pliers. They are perfect for getting in hard to reach places. Also, the way these are shaped they are perfect for wire wrapping. I use these every single time and they tuck that wire right in without having to worry so much about messing your wire up while your wrapping. Try’em out for all your wrapping.

  8. VisionQuest Artworks
    VisionQuest Artworks says:

    this is a really helpful technique, thanks!

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