Picture of Wirework Key

When you're feeling down, make a key.

Said no one ever.

Except for me!

When I'm sad, I have a compulsive urge to create something. This key is one of such projects, and I actually took step-by-step pictures this time.

I got a bag of beads from a jewelry workshop that I went to at a public library, and in that bag were some turquoise beads, one of which I wrapped for the key. There was little preliminary considerations and planning for this; the head of the key was mostly free-handed. The bottom part was somewhat inspired by some online searches for a spark to set off my creative juices.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy this tutorial as much as I liked making this!

Step 1: Materials

Picture of Materials

  • thick and thin wire (I used 20 and 26 gauge black-colored copper wire.)
  • teardrop bead (or at least a bead that has a hole right through the middle)
  • size 6 seed bead
  • pliers
  • paper and pencil for sketching

Step 2: Key's blade: part 1

See above for the step-by-step instructions/pictures for forming the key's blade (the part that slides into a lock for unlocking locks like a lock unlocker) (boy, that was fun).

Step 3: Key's blade: part 2

Picture of Key's blade: part 2

Repeat the previous steps to finish this part.

Step 5: Weaving the bottom half of the key

Weaving time!

Make a small teardrop loop about one foot away from the end of the wire. Then grab thinner wire attach one end right above the loop.

See the next pictures for a step-by-step guide of what to do next.

Step 6: Beginning the top half

Curve one of the wire pieces so that it fits around the bead. The other piece remains straight for stringing the bead onto it.

After putting on the bead, make a loop on top of the bead with the wire coming out of its hole. Then curve both wires down the front of the bead.

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cnnckr4 months ago

Is there a "special" name for this type of wire and where could someone find it? Awesome looking.

watchmeflyy (author)  cnnckr4 months ago

It's just regular craft wire (coated copper wire) that you can find in most craft stores like Joann or Michaels or Beverlys. Online stores sell it too (like here: The type of wire doesn't really matter as long as you have long pieces (not paper clips) so you can even use wire found in hardware stores. Good luck!

Thanks for the info.

watchmeflyy (author)  cnnckr4 months ago

No problem. :)

craftclarity4 months ago

Love the color contrast between the wire and the stone. Very nice!

watchmeflyy (author)  craftclarity4 months ago

Thank you! That's precisely the reason why I chose that bead. ^^

shazni4 months ago

Quite intricate :-)

watchmeflyy (author)  shazni4 months ago

Thank you! ^^

Wow... very neat work :). Loved it.

watchmeflyy (author)  Tarun Upadhyaya4 months ago

Thank you, Tarun!

Wow, it's beautiful! And, a lot smaller than I expected it to be after seeing the main image!!