How to Create a Wire Wrapped Beaded Sprig

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Designer: Julie Bean
You have probably seen bridal and other jewelry which uses this old technique of wire wrapping combined with beads to create floral sprigs. In this video, learn how to create these pretty elements.
Audio Transcript
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Hi, this is Julie with Beadaholique.com Today I'm going to show you how to do a wire twisting method which is going to allow you to make a floral spray such as this or if you want to use the same technique and make necklaces, key rings, whatever you like. I'm going to show you how to accomplish this look using some wire and some seed beads. the amount of wire you're going to need is depended upon your project. So what I'm going to do to help you kind of gauge what you need. I'm going to measure eighteen inches of wire and you're going to see just how much of a floral spray that eighteen inches will make in the end. So eighteen inches. I'm using twenty eight gauge wire. You can use a heavier gauge wire if you like. I find twenty-eight gauge wire to be the easiest to work with and it also will go through a wide variety of medium. It'll go through seed beads, a lot of pearls. Just gives more flexiblity. So I got eighteen inches here and I have some size 11/0 toho seed beads. So to begin you're gonna go ahead and place however many you want onto your wire. I like clusters of five but you could be more or less. It's a very free-form activity. Once I have as many beads as I want onto my wire I'm going to scoot them down to the middle. When they're at the middle I'm going to kink it and twist. I'm going to make several twists and really let the wire guide you. Don't try to necessarily plan it out exactly how you want this to look. Let the wire just flow. so now to make a branch I've twisted and now I'm going to separate my wire I'm going to place five beads two, three, four and five. Now I'm not gonna scoot them all the way down to the end because look what happens I'm right there up against my other wire which could be one look if you want it to but I want to actually create a little branch. I'm going to scoot them up and then I'm gonna make a kink. I'm just going to twist my wire around and again I'm just going to twist. So when you start doing branches you can't just keep twisting each time. Eventually your wire's going to snap. I'm actually just going to take my wire and I'm going to wrap it a little and then I'm going to want to create another little branch. So when I get to a point that I'm happy with I'm going to do one more wrap. Add a few more beads. One, two, three, four, five. You can see in the example I was adding pearls as well. So again I'm not gonna have them go all the way down the base. I want them up a little bit. Just go ahead twist and I do like to just wrap it by hand just because I don't want to put too much strain on my wire itself. So now I'm coming back to where I started from. So I'm just going to go ahead and wrap this little piece of wire right here until I get to this point where my two wires diverge in the first place. There we go. Now I'm going to go ahead and twist again. This is where the wires are just leading me because I could meet another branch going the other way and actually I think it would look nice to add a few little beads to cover my twist. This is why again I like the twenty eight gauge wire. It does allow me the flexibility to do a little add on like this because twenty-eight gauge is going to be thin enough that it's going to be able to go you're going to be able to get two wire tails through a size 11/0 seed bead. Scoot those up and they're actually going to be able to go over and the twist as well. So now I've got my tails. They're different lengths. I'm going to try to pay attention to that so I don't end up at the bottom or one tail is super short and one is super long. So I'm going to make another branch the same way I did the first. I'm going to go here that looks like a good spot to me. You notice I'm not measuring. I'm just letting it flow. I'm going to do another one. I've got those beads captured right there. You see that was a little bit lower which is fine. I'm going to add some more. And now I'm going to twist my wire over to get back to where my wires diverged. Remember last time when I got to the diverged point. I want it to just twist them together. This time I might actually want to make a little sprig with this other tail. You could be adding all sorts of different needs at this point. You could be adding Swarovski crystals, add pearls, you can really let your imagination go. Alright I'm going to add my last twist my wire tail are pretty short now. I'm going to do one more little sprig. I'm going to see how much I ended up with. I started with eighteen inches of wire. Okay, that will do. Bring the ruler back and you'll see we about an inch and a half of this density of twistings with eighteen inches. So that's I'm to give you a good idea of how much you're going to need for your project. If you're doing a project like this I actually made five separate sprigs so they all started like this except for they had a longer tail but I just twisted in here to get them bond altogether. There's actually five separate sprigs. So I didn't have to make so many far reaching branches and then I just twisted them together and then wire wrapped that ends. You can see I added some pearls. You can do a lot of different things with this technique. So I hope this gives you a good starting point. Just remember let the wire lead the way don't try to necessary plan out exactly how you want it to look to start with. You'll have a lot more fun if you just let it free-form and enjoy the process. Go to Beadaholique.com for all of your beading supply needs!

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