How to Make Your Own Gemstone Chain with Wrapped Wire Loops

SKU VID-1657
Designer: Kat Silvia
Skill Level: Intermediate
In this video you will see how to make wrapped wire loops with tiny gemstones and how to link them together to make your own delicate gemstone chain.
Audio Transcript
Note: This audio transcript is auto-generated and may not be completely accurate.
Hi, this is Kat with beadaholique.com and we're gonna be using some great little tiny little gemstones there to create this fun look alright so i'm going to be using a 26 gauge wire and then is because the gemstones are so small they're about two to three millimeter rondelle's so you might be able to adjust this so let's say you're using some larger beads you can probably go with maybe at 24 maybe even a 22 if you like but I'm gonna be using the 26 because I want to make it really fine and delicate so I have some little loose gemstones here that I'm going to be utilizing and this is a great little technique you can see how long that wire is like how long that chain link is and you didn't see there's 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 there's only 8 gemstones there so this is great if you want to use up some extra gemstones and you have some wire alright so very basic tools that we're gonna need we're gonna need some chain nose pliers we're gonna need some round nose pliers a pair of flush cutters and it's always good to have a pair of wire straightening pliers anytime you're doing wire wrapping I find that these often come in very handy alright so let's go ahead and start and I'm gonna take some of my artistic wire here and let me just find my end there we go alright so I'm gonna take off maybe about six to eight inches or so and I'm just gonna come in with my flush cutters now I try not to waste too much wire but unfortunately sometimes there's no way to avoid that so what I'm gonna do is just kind of bend it out with my hands there and then I'm gonna come in with my with my wire straightening pliers just kind of hold that right there and then what you can do is hold the other end with your chain nose pliers and I just want to kind of Bend that out just to kind of get rid of some of that that loop that kink there there we go doesn't have to be perfect these wraps are gonna be fairly small but that's a little easier to work with wouldn't you say alright so let's go ahead and we're going to take our round nose pliers we're gonna come down about an inch or so from the top of that and we're just going to bend it back as though we're making a little simple wire loop so then what I'm going to do is I'm going to take that wire and just wrap it up and over the top of the plier and bring it around the front I'm going to rotate my pliers bring it around and then sort of bring it back down around the back and I'm gonna loop it over the front one more time because I want it to look wire wrap so I'm gonna create two little wraps there and kind of bring it back towards the front now I can release my chain nose pliers come in with my flush cutters and just trim that off now if you need to you can come in again with your chain nose pliers and just kind of pinch that together there we go just make sure everybody is nice and secure alright so now what we're gonna do is I'm going to kind of flip this around and I'm going to add on one of our gemstone beads here just adding it on to the bottom and you're gonna see it come down there to the bottom alright so now we're ready to complete and create one full little link so what I'm gonna do is I'm going to come in again with my round nose pliers and you want to come in just above your bead there so that when you bring it back you can create that nice little wire loop again just sort of up and over the top and around we rotate our pliers excuse me we rotate our pliers bring that over and just sort of bring that around to the back to the front to the back and to the front again alright so there we go we're gonna come in with our flush cutters and trim that off all right so now we have our first little dangle here so in order to create the whole sort of chain like look let me just kind of straighten my wire here one more time there we go we're gonna repeat that process but it's gonna be a little bit different on this side alright so now again taking my round nose pliers same thing about an inch or so down we want to come back with those pliers go up and over the top but what we want to do is kind of leave a little bit of that open before we sort of cross it over so just sort of start to cross it there but then what we're going to do is we're going to take our little loop and slide it on to the end and come in so it kind of sits right where our loop is going to be and this is where we want to have that little tiny tip of our chain nose pliers come in and it's gonna kind of grip that loop there and hold that in place for us as we bring that around and do our little wrapped wire loop up and over the top just like that there we go and bringing it around to the front and same thing coming in with my flush cutters and you got a lot of wire in there so make sure you're only clipping the right wire there we go alright so now same thing as kind of a four what we're gonna do is just sort of flip that over and you can see that I have that little wire wrap on top so what I'm gonna do is I'm just gonna pick up another one slide that down and we're just we are now ready to repeat so coming in with our little round nose pliers there taking that wire bending it back wrapping it up and over the top and this we can go ahead and close this like normal because it's only that first one that we need to worry about linking to because this is gonna be the anchor for the next one coming in and then finally coming in with our flush cutters trying to get really nice and close there and that is how we make the whole little chain link so there you go it's a nice little way to sort of continue and you can see how lovely it looks when you have multiple and you can choose really fun little colors there there's a lot of great little design elements that you can do with this you can alternate wood beads in here you can also do this with seed beads or even larger gemstones you know if you wanted to go with a larger wire it is entirely up to you it's a really basic fun technique I encourage you to test it out and try it and love it you can find all of these supplies and see even more tutorial videos by heading over to beadaholique.com

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