Tutorials about Wirework and Beading
This page has links to tutorials and guides for wirework and beading. Content checked July 2018.
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Free 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 PDF 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.
Discover three simple weaves to use with two, three and four wire frames. By Sue Mason-Burns.
Put your square stitch skills to the test when you create Chianti Classico, a brilliant bracelet design loaded with stunning metallic Tila seed beads. From Fusion Beads
Step by step instructions to make this lovely cuff.
These are fast and easy to make but could be used with metal clay dangles. If you are handy with wire, you could make your own hoops.
Download this pdf tutorial about fusing fine silver jumprings. Clearly shows the process for fusing.
This site has lots of bead and jewellery making patterns to buy. Some things are free.
The Beginner’s Guide to Wirework for Beautiful Jewelry is a free PDF resource available exclusively on Craftsy. Featuring 27 photo-filled pages of wirework tutorials and expert tips, it offers everything you need to jumpstart your wirework jewelry journey. Download it instantly for free (you can print it easily if you’d like) and enjoy it forever in the comfort of your own home or even on the go!
Useful article about how to work at your bench comfortably and safely. Lots of useful tips in this short article written by Charles Lewton-Brain.
Bismuth is an interesting material to include in your metal clay creations. This tutorial shows you how to work with bismuth to create crystals. This colorful material is well worth experimenting with if you like an edgy look in your work.
Great selection of beading projects. Includes wireworking and creating your own beads.
How to embellish flat herringbone with a bridge: Begin by making a base with simple herringbone weave. Start with a double bead ladder. This creates a much neater first row by reducing the number of thread passes at the bottom of the beadwork.
Create a chunky ring made of seed beads and some large feature beads. This ring is very comfortable to wear and a good design for metal sensitivities, because the glass beads of the band won’t irritate your skin.
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.
Easy Seed Bead Project by Clair Wolfe for Making Jewellery Magazine. Use a basic stitch to create this coral reef-inspired summer necklace.
Simple and easy to follow beading tutorial.
Create this verdant tribute to the classic daffodil in gold wire and delicate spring hues. By Sue Mason-Burns for Making Jewellery Magazine.
Well laid out and clear tutorial.
Great tutorial showing how to make perfectly matched earwire sets.
This acid etching process works for brass, nickel/silver and copper, not sterling silver.
This group on Flickr shows Faux Bone™ creations and is well worth browsing for inspiration.
This nobel woven ring is made of Delica beads and done in 3 layers. The first layer is the base of the ring, the band and first layer of the design. That part is done in tubular even count peyote.
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!
Fantastic resource for anyone working in the jewelry world. This site is packed with articles, tips and hints. Has an article section on metal clay. Well worth browsing.
You can buy an extruder for loads of money or make your own using Hadar’s brilliant instructions! Get them here.
Jill Wiseman’s Beautiful Beaded Ropes – Lark Books
Two projects to download from the Lark Books website. These are a taster for what’s in the book by Jill Wiseman.
Give your pieces the unique finishing touches they deserve by making your own findings.
French Instruction and service manual for the SC-2, SC-3, and other small Paragon kilns with the ceramic-fiber firing chamber. The manual covers silver clay, enameling, glass, and basic maintenance. Translated from English by Angela Baduel-Crispin.
Create a beautiful ring made of seed beads and swarovski pearls.
This tutorial shows you how to create jewellery using a right angle bead weaving technique.
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.
Lovely tutorial showing you how to make a resin charm with an embedded design.
This instructable will demonstrate how to solder sterling silver rings using a torch, silver solder, and various other tools to create a pair of sterling silver earrings.
This tutorial has some tips on how to make a strong, high quality, handmade beaded bracelet that will last for years.
Intermediate level beading and wirework tutorial.
This necklace is build up in four rows, with the tila beads in a diagonal pattern, like waves. It’s a fun project, that you can string in two, three or all rows. Use different colors to create a totally different look, and it’s possible to attach a pendant at the center. From Craftsy
Here’s a nice mix of jewelry making tutorials using wire, beads, seaglass and gemstones. A little bit of everything in this bunch.
This project uses a topaz gem as a centerpiece. This tutorial from the Domestic Diva site shows how this is done. She surrounded the gem in seedbeads which you may or may not really follow because it is still up to you on what materials you would want to incorporate in you own design and if you are looking for a piece with a lot of dazzle this pendant would not disappoint you.
There’s no special technique needed to create the earrings.. You are just playing with wires as you twist and create vine-like wires or branches.
Use a handy pair of pliers to make perfect wire twists every time.
Tutorial about soldering jumprings using paste solder.
You will be able to complete all seven pairs of earrings using all of the Vintage Rivolis with this set.
Large selection of tutorials on making wirework and bead jewelry.
Useful resource from Art Clay World
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.
Simple and clear explanation about wire wrapping a top drilled bead, good pictures too.
This is the first of a 2-part tutorial, you’ll find the second here.
Working With Wire – Kernowcraft
Metal wire is a huge part of jewellery making and where many jewellers start their journey. This useful tutorial focuses on the fundamentals of working with wire and explores a few key areas. These include what metal wire to use and when, what tools to use for wire jewellery making and the different wire jewellery making techniques.
Create a beautiful and easy to make seed bead ring. The beads are threaded with 26 mm wire. Don’t kink the wire while you work with it, because the beads won’t be able to slide over the kink.