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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Art Beads

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.

Aunties Beads

Great free beading tutorials. Lots of PDF tutorials with good instructions and links to the materials. This is a great site to browse.

braidingBasic Braiding

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.

Wire wrappingBasic Wire Weaving

Discover three simple weaves to use with two, three and four wire frames. By Sue Mason-Burns.

 

fusion beads braceletBeaded Bracelet

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

 

beaded cuffBeaded Cuff

Step by step instructions to make this lovely cuff.

 

beaded hoop earringsBeaded Hoop Earrings

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.

Beading Daily – Fusing Silver

Download this pdf tutorial about fusing fine silver jumprings. Clearly shows the process for fusing.

Bead Patterns

This site has lots of bead and jewellery making patterns to buy. Some things are free.

Beginners Guide to Wirework

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!

Bench Ergonomics – Ganoksin

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 CrystalBismuth – how to make bismuth crystals

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.

Brea Bead Works – Beading Projects

Great selection of beading projects. Includes wireworking and creating your own beads.

 

bridged herringbone ringBridged Herringbone Ring

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.

chunky beaded ringChunky Beaded Ring

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.

Connie Fox – basic wire jewelry skills

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.

 

Coral Style necklaceCoral Style Necklace

Easy Seed Bead Project by Clair Wolfe for Making Jewellery Magazine. Use a basic stitch to create this coral reef-inspired summer necklace.

 

crystal snowflakeCrystal Snow Flake Pendant

Simple and easy to follow beading tutorial.

 

daffodil necklaseDaffodil Necklace

Create this verdant tribute to the classic daffodil in gold wire and delicate spring hues. By Sue Mason-Burns for Making Jewellery Magazine.

 

dangle earringsDangle Chain Earrings

Well laid out and clear tutorial.

 

 

 

ear wire setEarwire Sets in Minutes

Great tutorial showing how to make perfectly matched earwire sets.

 

Etching Tutorial

This acid etching process works for brass, nickel/silver and copper, not sterling silver. 

Faux Bone™ Flickr Group

This group on Flickr shows Faux Bone™ creations and is well worth browsing for inspiration.

gold and sapphire ringFaux Gold and Sapphire Ring

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.

 

forged vineForging a Wired Vine

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!

Ganoksin

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.

Hadar Jacobson – Make your own extruder for less than $5

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.

Make your own Findings – Carol A Babineau

Give your pieces the unique finishing touches they deserve by making your own findings.

Paragon Kilns – SC2 and SC3 Instructions and Service Manual in French

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.

pearl ladder ringPearl Ladder Ring

Create a beautiful ring made of seed beads and swarovski pearls.

 

 

right angle bead weavingRight Angle Bead Weaving

This tutorial shows you how to create jewellery using a right angle bead weaving technique.

 

sea glass pendantSea Glass Pendant

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.

Sherri Haab – Resin Heart Charm Tutorial

Lovely tutorial showing you how to make a resin charm with an embedded design.

 

Soldering for Jewelry

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.

Strong Beaded Bracelet

This tutorial has some tips on how to make a strong, high quality, handmade beaded bracelet that will last for years.

sunrise twist necklaceSunrise Twist Necklace

Intermediate level beading and wirework tutorial.

 

 

Tila wave necklaceTila Wave Beaded Necklace

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

Tipnut

Here’s a nice mix of jewelry making tutorials using wire, beads, seaglass and gemstones. A little bit of everything in this bunch.

 

topaz pendantTopaz Sunburst Pendant

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.

twisted earringsTwisted Wire Earrings

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. 

twisted wireworkTwisted Wire

Use a handy pair of pliers to make perfect wire twists every time. 

 

 

Unique Solutions

Tutorial about soldering jumprings using paste solder.

rivoli earringsVintage Lucite Rivoli Earring Set

You will be able to complete all seven pairs of earrings using all of the Vintage Rivolis with this set.

 

Wig Jig

Large selection of tutorials on making wirework and bead jewelry.

Wire gauge conversion chart

Useful resource from Art Clay World

Wire wrappingWirework Heart

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.

wire wrapped brioletteWire Wrapped Briolette

Simple and clear explanation about wire wrapping a top drilled bead, good pictures too.

 

wire wrapped pendantWire Wrapped Pendant

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.

seed bead rings

Woven Seed Bead Rings

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.

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