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Tips & Techniques

Get tips and techniques to become a better beader at Lima Beads.


Wire Wrap a Bead Link

About this Tip:

This technique explains how to take a bead from your stash and wire wrap a link on each side.


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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Start by cutting the right length wire. I typically find that a good rule of thumb is to have 2 inches of wire on each side of your bead (4” total) plus the length of the bead. Bend your wire at a 90-degree angle approximately 1.5” down from one end.
Step 2:
While keeping your grip with the round nose pliers, wrap the wire over the top round nose.
Step 3:
Pull across longer wire.
Step 4:
Wrap wire around longer wire 2 times creating a coil.
Step 5:
Cut end with wire cutters.
Step 6:
String a bead.
Step 7:
Bend the wire at a 90-degree angle just above the bead. I use the length of the plier nose – this length typically equals 2 wire wraps.
Step 8:
While keeping your grip with you pliers, wrap the wire over the top round nose.
Step 9:
Pull across longer wire and wrap wire around approximately 2 times creating a coil until you hit the link. Both sides should have the same number of wraps.

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    queenie50cat says:

    As a newbie trying to learn this wire wrapping skill-this is one of the more detailed pictured instructions that I have seen, thank you.

  2. Anita C aka PirateChick
    Anita C aka PirateChick says:

    This is a slightly different technique than the one I’ve learned. This technique looks like it will be sturdier for larger, heavier beads.

  3. iliea
    iliea says:

    Thanks for the demo! i’m looking forward to more!

  4. L Dunson
    L Dunson says:

    A pearl bracelet I made for my sister. She loved this on and all the rest of them too.


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    E Mizerk says:

    I don’t know what kind of wire to use. Hard? Soft? What gauge? You make it looks so nice, but I don’t not have the same results!

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    E Mizerk says:

    Oh my gosh, if I’d have scrolled down a little I would have seen you listed the wire!

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    H Boyd says:

    You make it look so easy, I’m definitely going to try it now.

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    S Wagner says:

    Totally diffrent from other instructions, looks easier, will give it a try.

  9. juku7
    juku7 says:

    I usually make the loops after stringing the bead. Will try this technique.

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    M Scharf says:

    I recently bought stones in AZ that are polished and don’t have beading holes. I’ve been trying to learn to wrap them…very unsuccessfully. Help! I’d hoped this tutorial would help, but they have holes. Do you have wire bales for sale that would allow me to simply slip the stone in it? Mary

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    Elisa W says:

    Thank you.

  12. Wild Mustard
    Wild Mustard says:

    I was trained to use a pair of chain nose pliers to manipulate the wire being wrapped around the round nose pliers. I have at times just used my fingers to do this, but using the other pair of pliers helps me keep the tension and the wrapping consistent. The chain nose pliers are also extremely useful for tucking in the last tail of the wire after it has been cut.

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