Easy Steps to Make Your Own Gorgeous Wire Spiral and Bead Pendant

Kimberlie Kohler
by Kimberlie Kohler
5 Materials
10 Minutes

Hi, everyone! Today, I’m going to show you how to wrap a bead with wire and make a bead pendant. I’m using a pretty big, chunky focal bead pendant that is side-drilled across the top, so I suggest using a bead that’s similar for this sort of technique. You can also use these wire wrapping techniques in other jewelry pieces however you’re inspired to do so. Let’s get started!

Tools and materials:

  • Focal bead
  • Wire
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Round nose pliers
  • Wire cutters
How to wrap a bead with wire

1. Cut 10 inches of wire

Start by cutting about 10 inches of wire. This may vary depending on the size of your focal beads. Mine is about an inch across, so maybe that can give you a bit of help deciding how long to cut your own wire.

Sliding wire through the hole in the bead

2. Slide the bead on the wire

Then, slide the bead onto the wire.

Centering and twisting wire close to the bead

3. Center and twist your wire close to the bead

Find the middle of the wire and center the bead on it. Then push the wire up to bend it, crossing it at the top in the middle. You want it to be as close to the bead as possible. This can be super frustrating but do your best.

Wire wrap a bead

Then, just twist it. Your bead should be centered in the middle of the wire and the wire should be twisted as close to the bead as possible. Do two twists for stability. 

Wrapping the wire down around the pliers to form a loop

4. Wrap the wire around to create a loop

Working with one wire at a time, we’re going to make a wire-wrapped look. To do this, hold the wire with round nose pliers a quarter of an inch above the twist, and wrap the wire down around the pliers to form a loop.

Wrapping the wire around the loop

Then, hold the loop you just made with chain nose pliers and wrap the wire around the loop once, pulling the bead straight and straightening the loop so it’s straight above the bead. 

Focal beads

Wrap it around three more times, as neatly as possible.

Cutting the end of the wire

5. Cut the end of the wire

With the other wire, use standard wire cutters to make sure the end is cut with a flush cut.

Using round nose pliers to create a loop with the wire

6. Make a spiral with the wire

Now, we’re going to make a spiral. Start by making a loop with your round nose pliers. Make sure the wire is at the top of the pliers, but not poking through, then twist away with your wrists while wrapping the wire with your thumb on the other hand.

Wire loop indicating beginning of spiral

Then you have a loop. That’s the beginning of our spiral.

Wire spiral created with chain nose pliers

Now, holding the loop with the chain nose pliers, push up with the wire and keep spiraling until you get to the middle of the pendant. You could also go closer to the top; the choice is yours. 

Bending the wire spiral so it comes straight down

7. Bend the spiral back

Put your chain nose pliers right at the end of the spiral and bend it back so the spiral comes straight down. 

Wire wrapping techniques

Make any adjustments you need, such as wrapping your wire once more to make it shorter. Push it down to make sure it’s flat against the focal bead.

Beaded pendant

8. Create a smaller spiral with the remaining wire

For the other wire, you can trim it off and be done with your pendant, but I’m going to make another spiral by repeating steps 5 and 6. I cut my wire so it was about half of an inch and used the tip of my round nose pliers since it’s a much smaller spiral. Mine is more of a circle than a spiral, so if you want a larger spiral, leave more wire when you cut it.

Loop twisted to opposite direction of pendant

9. Twist the loop

Use your chain nose pliers to twist the loop and make sure it’s going in the opposite direction of the pendant.

Bead pendant

Wire spiral and bead pendant tutorial

Now you can put a chain cord through the loop and wear your pendant! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on how to wire wrap a bead and it gave you some inspiration and ideas for making your own bead pendant! Let me know what you think and have a creative and inspired day!

Suggested materials:
  • Focal bead
  • Wire
  • Chain nose pliers
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