Save up to 20% when you shop this week's new additions through Sunday, August 24th!
The Design Gallery

Follow along with step-by-step beading projects and share your designs with beaders around the world—it’s quick & easy!

Chatter

Chained Beads


About this design:

I took another wire-wrapping class this weekend. She calls them chained beads. After the first few, it actually became fun. This is my FAVE class so far.
They are simpler to make than it looks. :) The designer/instructor is Pam Preslar. She is in the process of creating a tutorial for this design, so check her etsy. Lots of cool stuff.

I would like to make a few pieces with this technique/design for our ChickiesJewelry etsy. I can use any stone/glass with silver or brass or colored wired. What do you think?

Components:

Crackle glass beads (LBS). 18ga and 22 ga CraftWire (because it's easy to work with).

Additional Images:



Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. Lois D
    Lois D says:

    I think these are absolutely gorgeous and would be a wonderful addition to the ChickiesJewelry etsy shop.
    I’ve seen caged beads before, but never ‘chained beads’ done with that beautiful twisted wire technique. Did you twist the wire yourself? So nice. I think people will snap these up in a flash!
    Love the crackle glass beads. They remind me of what we used to do when we were kids – take marbles and drop them in boiling water to achieve a similar crackled look.

  2. Asia
    Asia says:

    Julie, looks like you are really enjoying this, fantastic design, definitely a seller :D

  3. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Most definitely make some for the store. I love this technique. Gorgeous!!

  4. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    These are just awsome! I’m sure they would be snapped up!

    I lost half of my coiler, and I’m so upset! I had plans for some coils. Broke my hole puncher, too. What to do?

    Thanks for all you love and support!

  5. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Dang, Julie! You are GOOD, woman! :) I have the how-to in a book but haven’t tried it yet, mainly because I haven’t decided which beads to cage. :) I love the ones you chose for this technique–simple enough beads to let the wirework shine but still plenty of sparkle showing through the wrap! Perfect!!

  6. foxhill designs vt
    foxhill designs vt says:

    Julie, these are incredible! They will definitely sell. :)

  7. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    Thanks fellow Chickies! I will search the stash for rounds… some stones, glass, whatever. In class, every different stone/glass that was used all turned out SO pretty and different. :)

  8. No Photo
    JC Hamm says:

    Absolutly beautiful,you really have a talent for wire wrapping.
    :)

  9. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    I’m still trying to figure out how they are connected together.

  10. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Julie, what a stunning set! Love, love, love this idea! I’ve done something similar & you’re right — it’s easier than people think. Just don’t tell them, right? ;) Your wirework is amazing! :D

    I think this would sell very well in the Etsy shop — so many possibilities, too! :D

  11. Laud
    Laud says:

    All the wirework is good, but I’m super-impressed by the wrapped wire. It looks so elegant.

  12. Crazy Chick Frida
    Crazy Chick Frida says:

    Awesome work Julie :D Wonderful set!!! How are your fingers feeling?

  13. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    Fab job! Love the set!

  14. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    Frida! You are SO funny! My fingers and my thumb are STILL so sore. But it’s worth it. I wore these pieces to work today. Everytime I looked, I smiled. They are just SO fun!

  15. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    Hmm, I could have sworn I commented yesterday….
    this technique really takes the design up another notch. 1st time I’ve seen it done w/twisted wire – looks even more impressive!

  16. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    Your technique is amazing, Julie. All of your pieces are beautiful – - personally I like this technique with glass better than with stone. Hope you are truly proud of what you have learned !

  17. Chicky Suz aka Susan Z
    Chicky Suz aka Susan Z says:

    Totally cool, great job!!!

  18. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    The coils and design are awesome Julie.

Add your thoughts!

  1. No Photo
    YOU say:

    Sign up for a Lima account to comment—it's quick and free!

    Already have an account? Just log in.