How to Make Bead Dangles – Simple headpin + beaded dangle tutorial

Hey there, Jess here from Today I’m going to show you how to make
some cute and easy handmade headpins and simple bead dangles. You’ll need some 22 gauge (or .6mm) wire
that is half hard, and both gauge and hardness are important so that the loops will be sturdy
and strong enough not to pull apart. You’ll also need a pair of round nose pliers,
some chain nose pliers, and some flush cutters, and some 4mm beads (and you’ll want to make
sure the holes will be big enough to go over the 22 gauge wire). First I’m going to show you how to make
a simple headpin. Starting with a straight piece of wire that’s
about 3/4 of an inch to 1 inch long, make sure we’re starting with a flush cut
end, meaning using the back of the flush cutters to trim off that bur and make sure we’ve
got a nice flat piece of wire to start our curl. Using the very end of my round nose pliers
I’m going to grab the tip of the wire and make sure the end isn’t sticking out between
the plier jaws, so I shouldn’t feel anything there with my fingers. Then I’ll brace the wire here with between
my thumb and forefinger as I roll the pliers away from me to create a tiny curl in the
wire. So you’ll have something that looks like
this. Now I’m using my chain nose pliers to squeeze
that down; I want to straighten this up so the curl is going to be centered at the bottom
of the bead. I’m just going to bend the wire back very
slightly here as I hold on to the bottom part with the chain nose pliers, so now the curl
is going to be centered. Of course you’ll want to make sure that
this part is going to be large enough to stop the bead from falling off so you might need
to make this slightly larger depending on your beads. There are a few different ways that I teach
to make the loop at the top of the bead, and I’m going to show you the one I call a ‘cheat’
because it’s probably the easiest for most people. This technique that we’re learning is called
a ‘simple’ loop or a basic wire loop, as opposed to a wire wrapped loop where you
wrap the wire around to secure it. So here’s how to make the dangle with a
simple loop. Keeping in mind that the size of the loop
is going to depend on where you place the wire along the plier jaws, grab the wire with
the round nose pliers about half an inch away from the bead. Brace the wire between your thumb and forefinger
here and press against the wire as you roll the pliers away from you to start turning
the loop, until you can’t turn your wrist anymore, then loosen your grip and come back to the
starting position – making sure that you don’t move the wire up or down the pliers here,
or you’ll get a distorted shape loop. And you can then pull the tail around the
plier jaw to complete the loop once you’ve got that front jaw out of the way. The loop should be just about touching the
top of the bead, but if it’s not and you’ve got too much space here you can just continue
to roll the loop closer until you get it in the right spot. We’ve got a crooked loop here, so we want to straighten it up so the bead will hang straight. In this case the loop is lopsided to the left
so I need to bend it back a little to the right to make it centered. Grab the loop so you have one jaw on the inside
and one on the outside, just at the base there, and bend back in the direction of the wire
tail to get that loop standing up straight. Then we can come in with the flush cutters
– and this is why I like to have really fine and pointed flush cutters like these instead
of the rounded ones – and use the back of the cutters to snip the extra wire off right
before where it overlaps the base of the loop. If the loop is open then you’ll use the
chain nose pliers to grasp the loop like this and wiggle it back and forth (just like opening
and closing a jump ring). You DON’T want to squash the loop like we
did with the curled headpin though – just wiggle it back and forth moving it closer
each time to close up the gap. Now I hope you’ll practice making some of
these headpins and simple dangles – I have some fun projects coming up for you that are
going to use some of these dangles so be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss those upcoming
episodes! Don’t forget to check out the free trial
of my online Wire Wrapping for Beginners class at – you’ll learn some great
tips for making perfect simple loops and the different methods I teach. See you next time!

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