Wire Wrapped Beads Bracelet




About: Industrial Design student at Eindhoven University of Technology

Before making this bracelet, I had already wire wrapped quite a lot of beads, but always as pendants, never to still be used as beads. So, I thought it would be nice to try that!

I started on these beads as soon as I got the coloured wire, already more than a year ago! I wanted to make it into a present, but I didn't have enough time to finish it, so I made another present and put this one aside. A few days ago, I came across the wire wrapped beads (five were already finished) and I decided it was time to finish it :)

I'm very happy with how this bracelet turned out, I hope you like it as well!

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Step 1: Materials

To make a wire wrapped beads bracelet, you will need:

  • beads, I used clear beads, but any beads matching the colour of your wire will work, as long as they are not too small
  • a closure
  • coloured wire
  • pliers
  • yarn

Step 2: Wrapping the Bead

Start by bending the tip of the wire as shown. Next, place the wire into the plier and bend it back.The first bend is use d to lock the wire to the bead, the second bend to start the wrapping. Add it to the bead and wrap it! When you are done, cut the excess wire off.

Step 3: And Repeat

Repeat last step until you have enough beads for your bracelet.

Step 4: Add Them to the Yarn

When adding the beads to the yarn, there are a few things that could make it easier. Always let the wire enter the bead on the side where you started with wire wrapping it. Also try to keep the tip of the yarn as tight as possible, maybe add a bit of clear nail polish to make it easier. 

Step 5: Closure Time

When you have added all the beads, you can also add a closure. Knot it two times to secure it a bit and coil a pice of wire around it. After coiling the wire, cut off the remaining yarn. Repeat this for the other part of the closure.

Step 6: Done!

Now that you have wrapped the beads, added them to the yarn and added a closure, your bracelet is finished!

I hope you liked this instructable and found it useful, if you did I would love to know!

Note: the last picture has been edited to show different colours.

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    17 Discussions


    2 years ago

    Does the wire get inserted into both ends of the bead. When starting and then again when finishing?

    Thank you so much Muhaiminah!! I'm having this huge wave of bracelet inspiration!! Unfortunately, this will be the last 'ible for the next days :( , I've run out of drafts and don't have the time to make new ones at the moment.

    Oh :o take your time, I just love lookin around your bracelet ibles, always hoping to see more :) oh and I made a bracelet quite similar to this one!


    5 years ago

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    5 years ago on Introduction

    A very super cute bracelet Emily! Your a genoius, seriously the compelxity in your designs are amazing! Thanks for sharing :-)

    Will vote when accepted! :-)

    2 replies

    5 years ago on Introduction

    This is so cute! When I look at the smaller pictures it looks like there is something like a tube with something else in it...cool!! :D

    1 reply

    Thanks Linda!! When I have the time, I'm going to finish a second one and update the 'ible with the pictures (it's purple :D )