There is something fulfilling and delightful about wire-wrapped bead chain-making. You may make tassels, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and more with the finished chain.
Beaded chain is created by producing and joining beads encircled on either side by wire-wrapped loops of various sizes and shapes. To speed things up, you may wish you didn’t have to move between different tools so frequently during the procedure.
Assembling a bead chain with the help of an assembly line system is explained in this article.
How to Make a Beaded necklace: Steps to Follow
One of the most important aspects of an assembly line procedure is to repeat each phase a bunch of times before going on to the next stage of the process. The explanation an assembly line method is faster is that you get the most of the time you spend using that tool or procedure before switching on to the next equipment or process in the sequence. It saves the time you would have spent searching for and switching between tools and materials otherwise.
Making a beaded necklace in this technique requires you to first cut all of the wire and then form the wide wire loops, wrap it around itself once, add the beads, wrap it around itself again, and finally close it up.
Using a wire cutter, cut wire for every bead link
If you want to be capable of cutting the wire for every link ahead of time, you must first determine how much the overall wire is required for each connection.
Before you begin, cut a wire that is at least twice as long as you will need for the first link. After you have finished making the wire-wrapped link, trim the excess wire on either side and store it along with the measurements.
But keep in mind that you won’t be able to cut the actual number of wires you require. To accommodate for variations in the size of beads as well as loops, as well as to grasp onto and form your wraps, you’ll need a little bit of additional material. Because this wire is susceptible to being damaged and flattened by the pliers, it’s usually a good idea to plan on trimming a small amount after each wrap.
Wire bead links are made out of 1.5 inches of wire, which we cut for each one. To make sure that you are cutting the correct length of wire before cutting a large amount of it, build a few connections with the appropriate size wire. Once you’ve made the necessary modifications and determined the proper size, all you have to do is line up up a piece of wire cut to the proper size with wire on spool then cut, line up once more and cut, queue up once more and cut, and so on.
Make a loop for each of the bead links
Effectively cutting the wire for every bead link, you will now make a loop for each link. Each tool is used to complete as many connections as possible before being put down and replaced with another tool in the rapid way of producing a bead chain. In this scenario, you will be using the round tip pliers to create all of the circles for the links on the chain.
Wrap the loops around each bead link individually
Use two pairs of pliers to wrap the circle for each bead link, one to retain the eye of the loop and the other to hold the wire tip and wind it around the neck. We recommend that you use flat-nose pliers, chain-nose pliers, or bent-nose pliers to open the package. The best practice is to use pliers having soft jaws so that the wire does not become marred when you are gripping it and wrapping it in the loop.
Continue until you have completed all of the links
Make another loop after adding a bead
Using the round nose pliers, make an additional loop just above the bead to complete the design. Make careful to leave an opening in the loop so that you may connect them to other chain links later on. Repeat the process with all of the links.
Glue the bead links together, close the circle and snip the wire tail
Slide the wide link into the closed link, and afterward wrap the next loop around the first loop twice more. You have the option of adding all of the links at once and then closing them or adding them one by one. If this is your first time using this method, it may be more convenient to complete each step individually. Our method of connecting these all and then wrapping them is quicker and more efficient.
Alternatively, you may clip the wire tails after each wrap, which would save time. For the reason that we propose waiting is that, in the event that the second wire wrap comes up just short, you may compensate by correcting the first wrap, provided that you haven’t clipped the tail of first wrap yet. Having your loops firm against the bead will prevent it from slipping around on any additional wire you may have added in the process.
Take Pleasure in Your Bead Chain
Just how much faster is it to create your beaded necklace in this manner? It all comes down to how familiar we are with every phase in the process. This strategy also helps to conduct the tasks while engaging in another activity, such as watching television. Making a single link requires more concentration than doing the same operation multiple times.