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Beading for Beginners - Napkin Rings

You will need:
  • Beads
  • Thick Wire (about 1.2mm gauge)
  • Headpins (x2)
  • Round-nose pliers
  • Flat-nose pliers
  • Tube shaped object

step-1Step 1:
Wrap the thick wire around the tube several times to create a spiral. Remove the wire carefully without pulling it out of shape

step-2Step 2:
By using the round-nose pliers, bend one end of the wire into a small loop.

step-3Step 3:
Insert or thread the beads on to the spiral wire.

Step 4:
Once all beads are threaded, make a similar loop at the end of the wire.

Step 5:
(This is a tricky step and can be skipped. If this step is skipped, then just use the flat nose pliers to pinch the end loops down so they stay somewhat hidden from view.)

Time to dangle some beads on the end loops. To do this:

Step 6:
Slide a bead onto a headpin and with a round-nose pliers firmly grasping the wire just above the bead (this is called the neck), bend the wire down to a sharp angle

step-7Step 7:
Slide the headpin through one of the loops of the napkin rings

Step-8Step 8:
Use the round-nose pliers to grasp firmly at wire just above the bead and hold the tail wire with a flat-nose pliers and create create a loop by wrapping it around tip of the round-nose pliers then slowly wrap the wire around the neck of the headpin several times

Step-9Step 9
Cut the rest of the tail wire

Submitted by Selina from napkin rings blog

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