Once upon a time, many moons ago, I designed jewelry for my own fine jewelry label. It was a self-taught hobby turned business and I guess you can say that was when my "DIY" journey began. I would spend endless hours wire wrapping precious and semi-precious stones with fine gold wire and 14k chain. And it wasn't until recently, when I pulled out the ol' fine component box, that I revisited this tried and true method of jewelry making. I was excited to make a more refined and sophisticated version of the beaded daisy chain bracelet - with 14k gold chain and tiny pearls, it's kinda perfect for the fall and winter months ahead. Hope you take a stab this and enjoy your mini wire wrapping lesson!
There are only three tools you'll need to make basic wire wrapping. A pair of chain nose pliers, round nose pliers and wire cutters.
Start by cutting some chain into small, even segments. I made mind about an inch each. To prevent waste of chain, I usually measure the entire length and then divide it by the number of segments needed to make the desired length. I also used a broken 14k gold chain I had been saving. You can use gold filled chain or no chain at all if you want to just link the pearl daisies together.
If you buy a finished necklace, undo the clasp and keep the 2 parts of the clasp attached to the last two chain segments.
Cut about 6-8 inches of your soft 26 gauge wire. When picking your wire, make sure it's soft versus hard. This will allow you to bend it easily through the pearls to make your daisies. Take the wire and bend it back at a right angle, with your round nose pliers, 2 inches from the tip.
Then tightly wrap the wire around the nose of your pliers to form a centered loop. Thread a piece of chain onto that loop.
Hold the loop securely with the chain nose pliers and wrap the tail of the wire around the longer wire two times. Keep each coil neat and tight.
Trim the end of the wire with the flat side of the wire cutters flush with against your wrap.
If you're using 3mm pearls, thread 4 pearls onto the wire and then a 3mm gold ball. Take the end of the wire and thread it through the 1st pearl, towards the wrapped loop.
Pull the wire all the way through. You might need to use your chain nose pliers to help you grip the wire hard enough to pull it through tightly. Then thread on 2 more pearls.
Then, take the end of the wire and thread it through the 4th pearl - the last pearl before your center bead. This should be going in the opposite direction. Use you chain nose pliers to help pull the wire tight.
Place the tip of your round nose pliers just above that 4th bead and bend the tail back at a right angle. This creates space for your second wire wrap. Wrap the wire around the tip of your round nose pliers, creating a centered loop.
Thread another chain segment onto the loop. Hold the open loop securely with your chain nose pliers and complete the wire wrap, just as you did previously.
Trim with the wire cutters. Be careful not to cut into the wire holding your daisy together! You have finished one connection.
Cut another piece of wire and connect to the end of either chain and keep going until you've reached your desired length.
I like to use very small 2mm or 3mm jump rings to connect the clasp. I'm using a very unique 14k gold clasp here but if you're using a standard spring ring and closed jump ring, simply use the small jump rings to attach the chain to those two elements. Use the chain nose pliers to open the jump ring, thread on the end of the necklace and then the end of the spring ring clasp. Use both pliers to close the jump ring tightly. Repeat on the other side with the closed jump ring.
There you have it! You just made a fine piece of jewelry!! Wear & enjoy! xx
tutorial & photography by HonestlyWTF