Wire Wrapped Center Drilled Bead Bail

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It’s easy to turn any bead with a center hole into a pendant with this handy wire technique.
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Tip 1You can stack multiple beads together before you slide the wire through the beads during step 1 for a different look.
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Step 1

Cut a 5" piece of wire. Slide the wire through the hole of the bead, leaving about 2" on the left side.

Step 2

With your fingers, bring the wires up and cross them. The short piece should be in front of the longer piece.

Step 3

Using your fingers, form the wire to hug the sides of the bead.

Step 4

Use the tip of your chain nose pliers to grasp the short piece of wire directly above where the wires cross.

Step 5

Bend the wire down to a 90° angle.

Step 6

Use the tips of your chain nose pliers to grasp the longer piece of wire directly above where the wires cross.

Step 7

Bend the wire straight up, forming a 90° angle between the two pieces of wire.

Step 8

Grasp the triangle that was created with your chain nose pliers.

Step 9

Wrap the short piece of wire around the longer piece to create 1.5 or 2 wraps.

Step 10

With your wire cutters, cut the short tail as close to the wrap as possible.

Step 11

Using the tips of your chain nose pliers, grab the wire directly above the wrap.

Step 12

With your finger, push the wire to a 90° angle.

Step 13

Using your round nose pliers, grasp the wire right at the bend.

Step 14

Pull the wire around the round nose pliers until it is almost pointing directly down.

Step 15

Reposition your pliers by opening your round nose pliers (but do not pull the pliers out of the loop) and pivot your pliers so the bottom tip is now on the top.

Step 16

Continue pulling the wire around the nose of the pliers until the loop is completely round.

Step 17

If you are attaching it to a chain or ring, this is the time to slide the chain or ring into the loop. After this, wrap the loop by first gripping the loop with the chain nose pliers and gripping the wire with your fingers.

Step 18

Wrap the wire around the base wire. Continue wrapping the wire down until it meets up with wrap made in step 9.

Step 19

Using the wire cutters, cut off the extra wire as close as you can to the wrap.

Step 20

Congratulations, you have now created a wire wrapped center drilled bead bail!

       

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