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This tutorial teaches you how to make a beaded cross on a simply shaped foundation.

• 7" of 16 gauge wire (dead soft or half hard)
• Approximately 5’ 28 gauge dead soft wire
• 12-14 4mm beads

• Wire Cutters
• Flat Nose Pliers
• Needle File or Wire Rounder
• Bail Making Pliers, Mandrel, or other round object approximately 3/16" in diameter
• Chasing Hammer
• Bench Block or other suitable metal surface

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Step 1:

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Bend the 7” piece of 16g wire in half. Use your flat nose pliers to press the wire together on each side of the bend. Make sure to leave just enough room for the 28g wire to fit through.

Step 2:

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1” above the bottom, bend one of the wires outward at a 90º angle.

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Repeat step 2 on the second wire.

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½” from center, bend the wire on the left hand side in the same manner as the first bend from step 1.

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Bend the wire upwards again at a 90º angle, even with the lower section of wire near the center.

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Repeat steps 4 and 5 on the right side.

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Hammer the frame you just created to harden the wire. Be careful not to hammer too hard, as it will flatten the wire.

Only hammer up to ½” above the center of the cross.

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Wrap the 28g wire onto the bottom of the frame 3 times. You may have to separate the sides of the cross just a little bit to get the wire in there.

Leave the tail of the wire about ½” long and let it lay against the back side of the cross.

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Press the sides of the cross together again and wrap with the 28g wire 4 times. As you wrap the wire, make sure to cover the tail from the previous step.
rfhewitt2 years ago
L-O-V-E it!
lsepulveda13 years ago
This is beautiful; Thank you for sharing this design. I have been looking for something to make for my daughter for Christmas and if you don't mind I would like to make this for her. Thanks again for sharing.
mcshawnboy4 years ago
I saw a friend with a cross like this and tried to replicate it in copper house wiring 16 gauge with 28 or 31 gauge craft wire to hold the beads (Cheap glass beads from Walmarx from R.O.C.) but seeing UR 'ible shows the error of my ways! My bead wire wraps are VERY chunky as I didn't use the same wire layout & went 3 or 4 beads above the arms. I thought I'd be able to sell items seeing how fond folks are of jewelry, but I've not made a dime even though some folks like what I make. I'll subscribe to you & use UR kickback link if things change. Many folks are only interested in precious metals, but I feel then it's not about ideals of folks like "The Craftsman Movement" to value items handmade & invested by the maker vs. it's scrap value. I could be over-thinking it though! : )