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This charming Tweetheart Bracelet uses just one technique – the wrapped loop – and a strand of coordinated lampwork beads.
With the chirpy little bird perched between coiled wire beads, even if your wrapping technique is a little messy, it will add to the homespun feel of the bracelet.

For designs like this one that use heavier beads and components, it's better to use a wrapped loop rather than a simple loop to make the loops stronger and the bracelet more secure.

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  • How to make a wire bracelet. Tweetheart Bracelet - Step 1
    Step 1

    For each link, you will need to allow 3" (7.5cm) of wire to wrap the loops, plus the length of the components for that link. Cut the wire for the first component and create a wrapped loop on one end. String a seed bead, a red and white polka dot bead and another seed bead. Grip the wire with the tip of the chain nose pliers just above the second seed bead and bend it at a 90° angle.

  • How to make a wire bracelet. Tweetheart Bracelet - Step 2
    Step 2

    Remove the chain nose pliers and position the round nose pliers in the bend of the neck you just formed. Wrap the wire around the top jaw of the pliers to form a loop.

  • How to make a wire bracelet. Tweetheart Bracelet - Step 3
    Step 3

    Remove the round nose pliers from the loop and grip it with the flat nose pliers. Wrap the tail neatly around the neck.

  • How to make a wire bracelet. Tweetheart Bracelet - Step 4
    Step 4

    Sometimes this can be fiddly and you might find it is easier to use chain nose pliers to wrap the tail rather than your fingers.

  • How to make a wire bracelet. Tweetheart Bracelet - Step 5
    Step 5

    Wrap the wire neatly around the neck two or three times, or until the wire sits snugly against the last bead added.

  • How to make a wire bracelet. Tweetheart Bracelet - Step 6
    Step 6

    Trim the excess wire close to the neck. Use crimping pliers or chain nose pliers to press the cut end neatly against the neck.

  • How to make a wire bracelet. Tweetheart Bracelet - Step 7
    Step 7

    The finished double wrapped loop should look like this.

  • How to make a wire bracelet. Tweetheart Bracelet - Step 8
    Step 8

    Cut the wire for the heart component. It needs to be long enough for two seed beads and the heart, plus 3" (7.5cm).

    Create a right angled bend at the 1 1/4" (3cm) mark. Place the round nose pliers in the neck of the bend and wrap the wire around the top jaw of the pliers to form a loop. When crossing the wire at the front of the neck, leave a gap between the front and the back wires large enough to hook a component through.

  • How to make a wire bracelet. Tweetheart Bracelet - Step 9
    Step 9

    Hook the loop of the polka dot bead onto the loop you just formed.

  • How to make a wire bracelet. Tweetheart Bracelet - Step 10
    Step 10

    Grip the loop with chain nose pliers and finish the wrapped loop. Trim the excess wire.

  • How to make a wire bracelet. Tweetheart Bracelet - Step 11
    Step 11

    String a seed bead, a heart and another seed bead onto the wire.

  • How to make a wire bracelet. Tweetheart Bracelet - Step 12
    Step 12

    Create a neck and form a loop.

  • How to make a wire bracelet. Tweetheart Bracelet - Step 13
    Step 13

    Wrap the wire around the neck two or three times to firm up the beads.

  • How to make a wire bracelet. Tweetheart Bracelet - Step 14
    Step 14

    For the bird component, replace the seed beads with wire beads. Continue adding wire wrapped components using the photograph as a guide. To make the bracelet longer, add additional wire beads.

  • How to make a wire bracelet. Tweetheart Bracelet - Step 15
    Step 15

    To attach the clasp at each end of the bracelet, cut a length of wire for the wire bead and create a wrapped loop on the polka dot component. String the wire bead. Form the loop and hook on one half of the clasp.

  • How to make a wire bracelet. Tweetheart Bracelet - Step 16
    Step 16

    Complete the wrapped loop. Repeat on the other end of the bracelet to attach the second half of the clasp.

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