Enhance Your BEADS with Freeform Wire Weaving, Wrapping and Coiling

Have you ever come across a bead that needed just a little something more?

Maybe it was a bead you created yourself, in clay, ceramic, glass or the like.

That’s what started me on this project, while learning how to lampwork I made some beads that were on the verge of being nice, they just needed a little help.

These techniques can be used to enhance any beads, turning “meh” into something special!

Tools & Materials:

As a starting point for figuring how much wire you need:

  • 26 gauge wire wrapped on 20 gauge yields 1 inch of coils per 10 inches wrapping wire
  • 28 gauge wire wrapped on 22 gauge yields 1 inch of coils per 6 inches wrapping wire

Helpful videos:

Notes about wire:

  • If you want to add a patina to your wire work, do NOT buy wire that has a coating or says non-tarnish.
  • You can purchase wire from Amazon, but for the silver filled you’ll likely get better prices from RioGrande.com or FireMountainGems.com

Beads from Dollar Bead Box:

Share your work and see what other jewelry artists are creating in my Keepsake Crafts Create Facebook group!

Black & Purple lampwork bead with silver coils:

  • 1 ¼” x ½ “ bead
  • 20 gauge base wire
  • 24 gauge wrapping wire
  • 8.5 inches base wire
  • 3 inches of wrapped coils

Turquoise lampwork with copper weaving:

  • 1 ¼” x ½ “ bead
  • Two 20 gauge base wires, 6 inches each
  • 26 gauge weaving wire
  • 2 inches of weaving

Opalite Oval with silver coils:

  • 1 ¼” x 5/8 “ bead
  • 22 gauge base wire, 7 ½ inches long
  • 28 gauge coiling wire
  • 5 inches of coils (30 in. 28 gauge wire)

Stabilized turquoise with copper weaving:

  • 3/4” x 5/8“ bead
  • Two 20 gauge base wires, 7 inches each
  • 26 gauge weaving wire
  • 2 inches of weaving

Green & black lampwork with copper weaving:

  • 1 3/8” x 3/8“ bead
  • Three 20 gauge base wires, 7 inches each
  • 26 gauge weaving wire
  • 2 ¼ inches of weaving

Watch the Enhance Your BEADS with Freeform Wire Weaving, Wrapping and Coiling video on YouTube.

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