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Wire-wrap a web

The first time I made a lampworked bead, I knew what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I enjoy whatever is bright, fun, and goofy, so the whimsical style stuck. Halloween is a popular theme year round and gives me a chance to make the crossed eyes and devilish expressions I love most. Recently, I discovered wire wrapping and it adds a whole new dimension to my work! 

SUPPLIES

  • 2 8–10 mm spider beads
  • 12 in. (30 cm) 18-gauge half-hard wire
  • 50 in. (1.3 m) 24- or 26-gauge half-hard wire
  • pair of earring wires
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • mandrel or pen

All beads shown from Criss Hunt, handmadebeads.com. Check your local bead store for supplies.

INSTRUCTIONS

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Step 1
To make a radial wire: Cut a 2-in. (5 cm) piece of 18-gauge wire. Using roundnose pliers, make a small loop at one end. String a spider bead. At the other end, make a small loop in the opposite direction as the first loop.
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Step 2
Repeat step 1 to make two more radial wires without spider beads. Using a mandrel or barrel of a pen, curve the wires gently at their center. Position them as shown.
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Step 3
Cut a 25-in. (64 cm) piece of 24- or 26-gauge wire. Wrap one end around the center of the curved radial wires three or four times.
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Step 4
Center the radial wire from step 1 on top of the wraps. Randomly wrap the 24- or 26-gauge wire around all three radial wires until secure. Pinch together the wraps to create a dense “hub” at the center of the web.
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Step 5
With the remaining 24- or 26-gauge wire, wrap once around the nearest radial wire, then wrap around an adjacent radial wire. Repeat. When you reach the radial wire with the spider bead, wrap above it.
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Step 6
Continue wrapping around the radial wires, but each time you reach the spider bead, wrap below it. When your wraps reach the radial wires’ loops, wrap several times around a radial wire near the loop. Trim the excess wire and tuck the end.
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Step 7
Open the loop of an earring wire. Attach the loop of a radial wire and close the loop. Make a second earring.
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Tip
Using 26-gauge wire to wrap around the radial wires creates a denser web than 24-gauge wire. Colored wire offers another fun option.
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Let Criss’ other earring creations inspire your next wirework project.
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