Web based Tutorials involving Wirework and Beading
The tutorials on this page involve some element of wirework. They show how to work with wire to make your own findings or link elements together. These are essential skills for metal clay artists who want to create truly unique pieces. All links open in a new window.
Free web page tutorials for projects with tips and hints on beading. Worth a look if you want to learn how to add beaded chains to your metal clay creations.
Great free beading tutorials. Lots of web page tutorials with good instructions and links to the materials. This is a great site to browse.
This five-strand spiral braid is made using one of the many textile techniques that Professor Arline Fisch demonstrated at the "Textile Techniques in Metals" workshop at the Bead&Button Show in June 2006. The simplicity of this technique offers quick and beautiful results even for a beginner metalsmith. To make the braid wearable, you will learn how to fabricate end caps and how to forge an S-hook clasp.
Step by step instructions to make this lovely cuff.
Useful tutorial on making earrings showing all the tools and techniques. Clear and easy to follow with great pictures.
So simple, so brilliant! I wish I'd had this great tip when I first started making loops.
Lots of good tutorials with step by step instructions and kit lists.
Chevron Chain - Bead Man
This chain maille project has been created using 20ga 2.0mm ID and 20ga 3.0mm ID. But other sizes can be used, like 20ga 2.5 / 20ga 3.5 or 18ga 2.5/18ga 3.5
Very thorough and easy to follow instructions of basic wireworking skills with good pictures. Includes how to make single eye pins, double eye pins, wrapped eye pins, jump rings, spirals, clasps and coils.
Great tutorial showing how to crochet wire and make this lovely pendant.
Create this verdant tribute to the classic daffodil in gold wire and delicate spring hues. By Sue Mason-Burns for Making Jewellery Magazine.
Great tutorial showing how to make perfectly matched earwire sets.
This page has a huge list of links to wire wrapping tutorials. Everything for the beginner to more advanced projects.
Fieldstone Chain - The Beadman
In this example we are using 16ga 5.0mm I.D. jump rings for the main chain. 16ga 3.0mm ID jump rings are used on each end of the chain to add a closure. In this configuration the chain uses 12 rings per inch.
Forging a Wired Vine is a wonderful way to incorporate an intricate metal piece that was inspired by nature. Use this jewelry making technique for necklaces, bracelets, and even earrings!
Useful site with lots of jewellery making projects. Clear tutorials with pictures.
Huge range of tutorials, some free, some you have to pay for. Lots of techniques and variety from chainmaille and silverwork to wirework and weaving.
Northern Star Jump Ring Charm - Beadman
Lovely chain maille charm which could be made in a variety of metals for different looks.
Useful little article giving a tip for coiling wire without the pain.
Easy ring which looks great.
With a few basic wire wrapping tools, some wire of your choice and a piece of sea glass that you have found, create a simple piece of jewelry that will certainly garner attention from your friends.
A number of projects including earrings, necklaces, bracelets and a couple of wedding jewellery projects, a tiara and hairpins.
Here’s a nice mix of jewelry making tutorials using wire, beads, seaglass and gemstones. A little bit of everything in this bunch.
This tutorial will show you, in detail, how to create the wire-wrapped Tree of Life Ornament.
Use a handy pair of pliers to make perfect wire twists every time.
Large selection of tutorials on making wirework and bead jewelry.
Jennifer Bacon shows how wire crochet can give your work a whole new look and can be manipulated with your fingers to sit exactly as you like. These instructions can be used just as easily with thread or cord but if you are new to crochet, you may find it easier to crochet with wire because of its rigidity.
Really useful resource which includes a wire size gauge, different types of pliers and when to use each type, cutters and a variety of other tools which are useful when working with wire.
Inspired by the fresh vibrant colours of summer, this necklace will go with your favourite sundress by day and then the sparkling Swarovski will take you through into the night. Make the design your own with a versatile wire weave to enhance the natural shape of the glass heart focal.
How to wirewrap a faceted pendant. Mount a stone in a pendant without using claws. Step-by-step instructions to introduce you to one of the things wire wrapping can do.
This is the first of a 2-part tutorial, you’ll find the second here.
Easy to follow tutorial.