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DIY Spiral Bail Wire Wrapped Focal Pendant Tutorial

DIY Spiral Bail Wire Wrapped Focal Pendant Tutorial

Hi there! This is Jessica from
and Bespangled Jewelry. I’m going to teach you how to make this pendant
today – it’s got a neat wire wrapped spiral bail that’s a lot of fun, and it’s pretty
easy. Let me show you! As always, I will have a list of supplies
and materials needed for this project linked in the notes section. I’m using a focal bead that is top drilled,
which means that the hole goes through at the top from side to side. You could actually use a bead that is drilled
from front to back with the same technique. I’m starting with 12 inches of 24 gauge wire.
This is copper – you can use your choice of material. Insert the wire through the bead leaving two
inches on one side. And then fold both sides up and across the
top of the bead just like this so that they are as close as possible to the bead. Then take the longer end of the wire and find
the midpoint where it meets the top of the bead and make a little bend in it. I’m going to use my flat chain nosed pliers
to sharpen that bend right there. And you want that long wire pointing directly up so
you have a ninety degree angle between the short wire and the long wire. Now twist the short wire around the longer
wire, and with a large bead like this it’s actually sometimes easier to twist the bead
instead of moving the wire, but you can do it either way. Wrap your wire around 2 to 3 times and then
snip off the extra wire using the back edge of your flush cutters as close as you can. And if there is a little piece sticking out
like there usually is, you can take the chain nose pliers and just squeeze that end down. Now use the chain nose pliers again to make
a ninety degree bend in that wire close to the coil like this. I’m bending mine towards the front of the
bead. And these are Wubber’s large round mandrel
pliers and I’m using the smaller side to wrap the wire around. If you don’t have these pliers
you can also use a mandrel that’s about 1/4 inch in diameter. The pliers make it a lot
easier because you can hold the wire in place as you wrap. You see I have two coils. The one I just wrapped
around is loose, and I’m going to make a third coil by going behind the first two before
I come back over the top of the pliers. Now the final step to finish off this part
of the bail is to come down and back across behind the work again – so I finished the
coil on the right side and I bring the wire back and to the left before I wrap around
the base four to five times. So now I have about four to five inches of
wire left, which is going to be perfect for our spiral, but first, we need to secure the
loose part of the coil here. So I’m taking the end of the wire, going through
the bail, and then pull it tight and down on the other side and that’s going to hold
those in place. We’re ready to make the spiral. Take the very
end of the wire as close as you can to the very end of your round nose pliers and you
just want to make the tiniest little loop in the end. That’s going to be the center of our spiral. Now I’m taking my chain nose pliers and grabbing
that loop and using my finger to pull the wire around. Now it’s important to release your pliers
– let go – each time, and reposition and let go, then reposition as you form the spiral.
Just make tiny little movements and just working a little bit of the wire at a time. It’s going to help you get a nice tight spiral. It looks like we’re about halfway, and I’m
going to keep going but I’m going to go ahead and skip ahead because I think you get the
point. Ok, thanks to the magic of video editing,
we are done with our spiral and the last step is to just put it in place. So bend it over
just a little bit to one side, and then grab your chain nose pliers and make
a bend to try and center it over the front of the bead. And just keep playing with it until you get
it in a spot you like. And that’s it! I hope you had fun making jewelry
with me today! Be sure to check out the notes section where
I’ve got links to where you can find the materials for this project and some other tips on wire
wrapping and wire wrapping different shaped beads that you’ll find helpful. And don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t
miss any videos! See you next time!

21 thoughts on “DIY Spiral Bail Wire Wrapped Focal Pendant Tutorial”

  1. @ IamUniquelyImperfect Thank you! I'm just getting started – got lots more tutorials planned! I really appreciate the kind words and I'm so glad you like this project 🙂

  2. Thank you so much for showing this tutorial! It was super easy to follow and understand. Ive had a front drilled teardrop shaped pendant for a while now and always failed every time i tired to wrap it. After watching this I made a beautiful pendant and necklace. Thank you so much.

  3. I'm so happy to hear that! Did you check out the diagram?

    The basic technique is the same for different shaped beads and once you get the hang of it and remember to keep your 90˚ angles you'll be a wirewrapping pro in no time 🙂

    Thanks so much for stopping by to tell me – I'm so glad you did!

  4. Yes I did! Thank you so much the Diagram helped a bunch as well. I have so many pendants that I have made using this technique and putting my own spins and twists on them! I cant wait for more of your tutorials!

  5. Glad to hear it, that's great! I'm just finishing up a new wire wrapping video that should be up within the next couple of days. I think you'll really like it – I show you how to make a caged pendant that looks like a wire wrapped set stone.
    I love how learning a new technique inspires the tweaks and spin-offs that really make it your own 🙂 I wish I could see your pendants! Would you post pics on my FB page? I'd love to see & share them, if you don't mind!

  6. I loved your new video as well! You always give me such awesome ideas! I cant wait for your next video!
    I shall get some pictures take n and put them together and post them on your FB as soon as I can I do hope you like them 😀

  7. You are very welcome! I am also a lover/doer of recycled/upcycled jewelry and crafts! So your videos are so much help with ideas and tips!

  8. hi!im very new in this,and i don't even know where to start,but watching your videos really inspired me!im retiring form my profession and very eager to venture into jewelry making,so i have been watching tons of videos,but yours is the ones that i really liked.i hope i can keep in touch with you and even get all my supplies and tools from are  great!do you have a FB page btw?

  9. I just found your YouTube site and I love it. Your videos are so easy to follow and make it easy to learn something new. I get boxes of old jewelry and take it apart for the beads, now I will have a way to use the large beads. Thank you again will check out your site to watch for new videos.

  10. Incredible tutorial! Thanks so much. It was just what I needed to help me do a better job with my spirals. 🙂

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