Wirework Caged Bead Bracelet Video

Wirework Caged Bead Bracelet Video


Welcome to another video by AllFreeBeadedJewelry.com
and KeepsakeCrafts.net. Today we’re going to make this caged bead bracelet. You’ll be
amazed at how easy it is. The supplies for this project are fairly simple.
You’ll need several eye pins in the color of your preference. You’ll need an assortment
of beads. You’ll also need about two yards of 20 gauge wire. For tools, it’s very useful
to have a ruler in your work space so that you can cut consistent lengths of wire. You’ll
also need one or two pairs of chain nose pliers. You’ll also need a pair of round nose pliers
and some wire cutters. So the first step is to make the cage for
your beads and you’ll start by cutting an approximately 9″ long length of wire. You’ll
start with your round nose pliers, grab the end of your wire and just give it a twist.
What we’re going to be doing is making a spiral. It doesn’t have to be, you don’t have to worry
about it being extremely tight because we actually need a little space in there for
our head pin to go through and you’ll see what I mean later, but use your round nose
pliers just to get your spiral started and once you get it started you can just grab
it with your fingers. Try to keep it flat, so I have it right on my index finger, I put
my thumb over it and twist and you just want to spiral along until you’ve used up half
the wire. So in this case, about 4.5″. That’s why it’s just nice to leave your ruler down
here on your work surface. That looks good and then we repeat for the other end and what
you’re going to make is a spiral S shape so that when the two spirals are finished they’ll
be pointing in opposite directions like that. Simple enough so far and that didn’t take
very long. The next thing you’ll need to do is actually
fold this S in half. The next thing you want to do is take your folded spiral, grab the
center with your round nose pliers in one of the spirals and just give it a good pull
and suddenly there’s your cage happening. Do the same on the other side and there’s
your cage for your bead. The next step is to grab a bead, take one
of your eye pins. This is a little bit of a tricky part. You want to open up that cage
where you folded it. Tuck your bead in and try to line up the hole of the bead with the
centers of your spirals because that’s where your, wow I got lucky there, that is where
your eye pin is going to go through and then you can spend a little time fiddling and adjusting
your cage so that it’s as even or not as you like on your bead. Once you’re happy with
the way that looks, you can finish the other loop with the other eye on your other eye
pin. Chain nose pliers that have the itty bitty little tip and I’m going to grab that
eye pin just the very tip of these pliers and then bend that eye pin at a 90 degree
angle, just like that. Next, right at that bend, put the tips of your round nose pliers
and wrap, you’ve got to hold onto it nice and tight otherwise it moves and you don’t
want it to. Wrap that around your round nose pliers as far as it will go. It will only
go so far and then shift the position of your round nose pliers and go ahead and finish
the wrap. There’s one bead in a cage so you will repeat those steps for all the rest of
the beads that you have. So I went ahead and did six beads, although
I may only need five for this bracelet. We’ll see how the measurements work out, but now
for the next step you’ll need an 18″ piece of 20 gauge wire and something to wrap it
around. This is a 1/8″ mandrel. You could also use a piece of coat hanger wire as long
as it’s smooth and firm. Simply start in about the middle of your wire and start coiling
it in nice, you want these to be nice tight coils around your mandrel. So go ahead and
wrap them around leaving on one end, leave a little over an inch of wire uncoiled. We’re
going to use that part to make the clasp. So now I’ve wrapped my whole 18″ of wire with
the exception of about an inch at the end around the mandrel and then you can just go
ahead and slide your coils off your mandrel and the next things you’ll need are a pair
of close cut wire cutters. These really do work the best and what we’re going to be doing
is making an interesting kind of connector for this bracelet. It’s very simple to do,
but it’s a little bit more interesting than jump rings. So find where the end of your
wire is and count so that you have 1, 2, and you can pull them apart a little bit, 1, 2,
3 full loops so that will be right here. and cut right across from the other end so that
you don’t have any extra. Just 1, 2, 3 full rings and that’s what this will look like.
Just three rings and all you’re going to do, but I’m bad, using my fingernails here,
but you can use a tool and just flatten out these two end loops kind of like wings and
this is your actual connector for your bracelet. It looks like a figure 8 with a loop on top
and it’s kind of fancy and decorative. So go ahead and do that. Cut all the rest of
these into sets of 3 making sure that you have at least two or three loops at the end
of this and I will show you what to do with this once you have these all cut. So to make your own clasp with this piece,
the first thing you’re going to do is just like on the figure 8 pieces, bend down one
of the loops. Just one, the one that’s opposite that long piece that you left out and if you
need to, use your chain nose pliers to flatten that out so that that cut edge isn’t sharp
against your skin. Then use your round nose pliers to make a small loop at the very end
and that just keeps again that sharp cut end from being rough on your skin. Then find the
widest part of your round nose pliers, put the center of this 1″ piece that was sticking
out the center and just bend it around
and then you’ll just keep bending and fiddling. Flatten it out a bit and shape it until you
have a hook that you like the shape of. You can see how I used that round bit to make
that shape nice and there’s the hook for your clasp. The only thing left to do is put these together
with one of these figure 8 jump rings in between each bracelet, each caged bead. Put your hook
on one end and you will be all done. I hope you enjoyed this project. Thanks for
watching. Bye bye.

12 Comments

  1. Is there a rule of thumb as to how big to make the spirals depending on the bead and how long to cut the wire accordingly? I'm guessing you need to make the spirals as big in diameter as the bead. But how to make sure to cut the right wire length? That's the only question keeping me from diving in and caging a bunch of my jumbo sized plain lampwork glass beads for more visual interest on bracelets and pendants/necklaces. Please advise.

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