Thursday, 2 September 2010

The WireWorkers Guild

I can't believe it's SEPTEMBER
already! but maybe, those of you who have
entertained your "darling"
children all
holiday, are quite
looking forward to the
routine once again and a little more
'ME' time for your jewellery
making ...

So, here's a new project to get your
fingers working: introducing (drum roll, please) ...


Read on, if you want to know how I created them ...

MATERIALS: 0.8mm & 0.4mm silver wire, 2 x 10mm pearl
beads, 2 x earwires.
TOOLS: Round, flat and chain nosed pliers, 12mm cylindrical

1. Begin by cutting 2 x 6" (15cms) lengths of 0.8mm wire.
Place your round nosed pliers at the centre of each length
and fold in half. Straighten the wires out, so that they run

2. Keeping the end of the doubled wire
within your round nosed pliers, pinch
them together around the circular
shaft of the pliers and straighten the
ends, so that they continue to run parallel.

3. Cut a short length (say 3" /7.5cms) of 0.4mm wire and
use this to wrap around the 'pinched' spot to create a
top loop.

4. Separate the projecting wires.

5. Place your cylindrical mandrel by the open wires, pushing
it right up to the top loop (and wire binding) and push and
mold them around the outer edge of the mandrel until they
cross over on the other side.

6. Continue holding the wires firmly around the
cylindrical mandrel and pinch them where they cross over
with the tips of your chain-nosed pliers. Straighten
the extending wires out below.

7. Thread your chosen bead onto the fine binding wire
and position it at the centre of the frame. Secure the beads
within the frames, by wrapping the binding wire at the
base of the beads. Cut off any excess and neaten the ends.

8. Create spirals on the ends of each projecting
wire, curling them in opposite directions.
(*Don't spiral right up to the bead - leave a
small gap to enable you to fold them over the
top surface of each bead*).

9. Press the spirals over each side of the bead.
One on the front and one over the back. Now,
using your fingers (and finger nails!) spend a little
time adjusting the spirals and flattening them
over the surface.

10. Connect onto ear wires and they are ready
for wearing!

Here are a couple more variations on this theme
to get your creative wire-juices flowing:

(Above) Here are the Beadpodrings created as in the

project, but using coloured binding wire to match the
beads. Why not create something a little more funky
with bright coloured beads and clashing wire colours?

... or try making
a matching PENDANT
for your earrings.

This is done by flattening
only one of the spirals
over the surface of the
bead. The other is kept
extended, so that a
pendant drop bead can
be attached.

... and here's
another PENDANT design, created
just like the ear-pod project, but using a larger bead
and frame,
suspended from one of my spiral bails.

(Below) If you wish to make a bracelet or necklace, you can
flatten one spiral over the bead and extend the other
to create a bead link ...

... and here's the BRACELET that I made with my

half-pod beads ...

... and finally, for all you wire purists ... using the same

wire method and madness ... here's a simple chain link
system - very 'Celtic' in it's curly-wurlyness ...

(Above) Celtic Spiral Bracelet



I've recently had a member enquire about:


Has anyone ever purchased them? and are they
worth adding to your tool collection?

Comments gratefully received at the end of the blog
or direct to me at:


  1. I love my Wubbers bail making pliers. They come in several sizes, some with large, long handles, and some in the "baby" Wubbers line, but I decided to buy the largest pair first. They're not cheap, and I decided that would be the size I would use most, so that's what influenced my decision to buy them. Since then I've acquired the medium and small bail makers with the long handles, and also a couple of pairs of the bail makers in the "baby" Wubber line. When I teach classes and let people try them out, they really seem to like them. I still tend to use the large bail making pliers the most, although the smallest size is great for making uniform small loops, such as those for ear wires. I use the medium size pair the least, but that's probably just because of my personal working preference. Others may find them just as useful as the large pair.

    I've gotten acquainted with the owner/creator of Wubbers, Patti Bullard of, and though I've never met her in person, she has always been very helpful and supportive. I'll be taking a PMC certification class at her shop in Southlake, Texas in October. Looking forward to meeting her.

  2. Thanks, Kelley, for being so informative about Wubbers pliers. They definitely sound worth trying!

  3. Wonderful tutorial and ideas. Love my Wubbers

  4. Wonderful tutorial and ideas. Love my Wubbers

  5. Thanks so much for the design, Wubbers are well worth their price. You'll have them for years. I wish I could find cutters with the same quality.

  6. Thanks a lot, it is a beautiful project!

    How did you do the Celitic Bracelet? I would like to know which wire you used that it is at some places thicker and at some thinner?

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