Jewelry Making: Wire Wrapping for Beginners
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Jewelry Making: Wire Wrapping for Beginners

Learn to make beautiful handmade wire and gemstone jewellery to wear, give, or sell!
4.7 (870 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
5,307 students enrolled
Created by Jessica Barst
Last updated 1/2019
Current price: $25.99 Original price: $39.99 Discount: 35% off
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This course includes
  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 11 articles
  • 7 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Make beautiful earrings, necklaces, and bracelets using wire and gemstones (or other beads) to wear, give, or sell!
  • Learn to make several pairs of earrings, bracelets, and necklaces with variations on each style.
  • Learn to perform and combine the basic techniques: simple wire loops, wrapped wire loops, wrapped headpins, wrapped briolette drops, rosary chains, ear wires, etc.
  • Learn to create variations on these basic techniques in order to imagine and design your own unique jewelry creations!
  • Learn to make your own basic headpins and ear wires. Creating some of your own jewelry findings reduces dependency on store-bought supplies (and saves you $$):
  • Inspiration for beautiful gemstone and bead combinations
  • Interactive community where you can upload photos of finished pieces or works in progress for feedback and help troubleshooting - from both instructor and fellow classmates!
  • 100% risk free purchase with a 30 day money back guarantee, no questions asked!
  • Unlimited lifetime access from anywhere in the world!
  • All future updates and additions to this course are included, locked in at today's low price
  • Students will need to purchase necessary tools and supplies from the supply options (all outlined in the free preview lessons at the beginning of the course.)
  • A desire to learn and a little bit of time to practice these techniques

Join this Wire Wrapping for Beginners Online Workshop and enjoy a relaxing pastime while mastering a skill that will allow you to create unique, wearable art to keep, give, or sell!

This comprehensive workshop is over $650 worth of jewelry lessons for a small one-time fee!

Imagine planning your outfit for a big night out and thinking, "I'd love a new necklace to spice up my favorite dress," or "I wish I had some fancy new earrings to add a little sparkle!"

Or perhaps you long to give truly unique handmade gifts that will be treasured and cherished by their wearer.

Well, wish no more and save a trip to the store! After finishing this course, you'll have all the tools and techniques at your fingertips to be able to whip up a special new style and be the belle of the ball and everyone's favorite gift-giver! The compliments will roll in and you'll be so proud to smile and say, "Thanks! I made it myself!"

Jewelry making is a lifetime skill that anyone can learn and enjoy. Over 2000 happy students are already having fun wire wrapping and enjoying compliments on their special handmade creations.

With the right instruction and a little bit of practice, you too will soon be able to make your own stunning pieces in a matter of minutes!


REGISTER NOW and get started making beautiful wire wrapped jewelry today!


What do you mean $650 WORTH OF JEWELRY LESSONS?

When I teach jewelry workshops in person, students pay $65 each for 1 - 1.5 hours of instruction, and that's just for ONE single project (not including supplies). Teaching online allows me to move through demonstrations much more quickly - so I can cover more projects in a short amount of time.

When you enroll in Wire Wrapping for Beginners today, a small one-time payment earns you $650 worth of in-person workshops with a professional jewelry designer, all included in this comprehensive online workshop! Plus, you have unlimited lifetime access to all the projects AND to me, for help whenever you need it.

Watch the video above for sneak peeks at the projects you'll create during this workshop, then be sure to ENROLL NOW to lock in this low rate. You'll never pay more, even when I add new projects to the class!


Student praise for Wire Wrapping for Beginners:

★★★★★ "Fantastic!"

Jessica's ease and expertise in teaching her craft is outstanding and I feel I have mastered something I have always yearned to be able to do but never knew where or how to start. A big thank you to Jessica and Udemy for this course." ~ Elizabeth L.

★ "Great course for jewelry making beginners!

I feel this course was the perfect start to my new jewelry-making hobby (and hopefully future small business). The instructor created the course with a logical scope and sequence. Even a beginner can experience success. Her videos are just the right length, she speaks clearly, and she encourages her students. Best of all, while you work through the course, you are creating jewelry you can wear right away." ~ Lisa P.


There are so many reasons to learn a new skill like wire wrapping jewelry. Whether you want a creative way to switch off after a hard day, to generate a side-income, or you simply want to make beautiful jewelry that no one else will ever have, I can show you how.

Whether you're an absolute beginner or have dabbled in a bit of jewelry making before, this course will teach you from start to finish to create the jewelry that you and your friends will be dying to wear!

This is an in-depth course with over 40 lectures - a complete guide to making wire jewelry for beginners and for anyone who wants to brush up on and perfect their wire wrapping technique.

You will learn step-by-step with close-up videos how to make several different styles of earrings, bracelets, and necklaces as well as ways to adapt these styles for an even wider variety of finished jewellery.

We'll learn to make:

  • simple rosary chains (simple wire loops)
  • wire wrapped link chains (wire wrapped loops)
  • dangles and wire wrapped briolette drops
  • clustered styles (earrings and bracelet)
  • multi-strand necklaces and bracelets
  • handmade headpins and ear wires
  • several finished earrings, bracelets, and necklaces you can wear right away
  • and so much more!

By the end of this course, you'll have the knowledge and confidence to make beautiful, professionally finished wire wrapped earrings, necklaces, and bracelets that you will be proud to wear, give as gifts, or even sell for profit!


Your purchase is 100% RISK FREE with a 30 day money-back guarantee. If you don't learn anything new from this course, simply request a refund within your 30 day period for your money back, no questions asked.



Who this course is for:
  • Absolute beginners with no jewelry making experience
  • Anyone who wants to practice and refine their basic wire wrapping skills and learn new design ideas and variations step-by-step.
  • Those who already feel comfortable with the basic wire wrapping techniques and experimenting on their own may not gain much new technique from taking this course.
  • Students looking for advanced wire working skills (coiling, weaving, border wraps) should NOT take this course.
Course content
Expand all 46 lectures 02:35:07
+ Introduction
1 lecture 01:35

A little about me and why I'm teaching this course:

Hi, I’m Jessica Barst. You can call me “Jess”.

I just wanted to take a minute and welcome you to this course! I am so happy to have you here and I am looking forward to teaching you how to make your own beautiful wire wrapped jewelry!

A little about me, in case you’re wondering who I am and why I’m teaching this course:

I’m a jewelry designer doing freelance design and an instructor teaching both live and online jewelry making classes from sunny Dallas, Texas.

I have a jewelry making blog, and YouTube channel of the same name with thousands of subscribers who enjoy learning from my videos online. I also sell my own jewelry on Etsy (my shop is Bespangled Jewelry) and have a jewelry supply shop there as well (Bespangled Beads). I’d love it if you’d stop by and say Hi!

I have perfected my techniques over many many years and began teaching online because it’s AMAZING to be able to reach and interact with people all over the world who share the same passion for making jewelry!

I put this course together from the perspective of knowing what it’s like to start from scratch and wanting to learn everything without wasting a lot of time looking around for every different step in a different tutorial from a different person, not knowing if you’d be able to get answers to any questions you have along the way.

I know you value being able to learn at your own pace while still having access to the instructor for help and feedback, and I truly hope you find everything in this course clear and easy to follow. If, however, something is unclear, please let me know what I can help you with or what I can add to help clarify for you and others taking this course now and in future.

I want you to know that this course is a work in progress and that I will be adding lessons and projects as well as going back and fixing anything that isn’t easy to understand.

Again, thank you so much for joining this course! We’ve got a lot to cover, so let’s dive in!

Preview 01:35
+ Tools and Materials
5 lectures 21:15

    This is the list of supplies and materials needed for the projects in this course.

Each section of the course will have its own supply list to help you determine which supplies you will need for each individual project, in case you'd like to purchase supplies for individual projects at a time.

  I have tried to keep the total number of items used to a minimum while still giving a bit of variety to the styles and designs. Instead of using a lot of different sizes and shapes of beads, I use the same ones over and over.

PLEASE NOTE that you may, of course, substitute different beads, sizes, shapes, etc. for any of the ones that I use. Please keep in mind that when you do this, especially with larger beads, you may need more wire to create a style than I use in the demos.


I'm including a second document with a list of recommended tools and links to places online you can find some of your supplies at a great price :)

Preview 02:01

In this lesson, I go over the basic jewelry making tools you need to get started making wire wrapped jewelry: chain nose pliers, round nose pliers, and flush cutters.

I'll explain what each tool is used for and how to choose a good set of tools. You DON'T have to spend a lot of money on jewelry making tools, but I do recommend certain key features to look for in your pliers and cutters, as well as tips for making them last longer.

Preview 08:13

In this video, I go through and explain the additional tools and supplies on the supply list for this course.

I recommend nylon jawed chain nose pliers, a beading mat or towel, a ruler, a smooth round pen or pencil to use as a mandrel, a fine tipped marker, a needle file or nail file, and safety glasses.

Preview 03:32

In this lesson, I cover the basic properties of jewelry wire and explain what will and won't work for this course.

I go over wire materials, wire shapes, wire hardness, wire gauge sizes, and try to save you some frustration and confusion when you're shopping for jewelry wire.

I know this is a lot of information, but if you have any questions, please be sure to take a look at the files and links below and in the next lecture for a more in-depth explanation for these topics. If you still can't find an answer, please don't hesitate to ask for help!

I know there will be lots of questions about wire so I've tried to make sure you have answers to those questions before you purchase anything!

Preview 05:51
All About Jewelry Wire - PLEASE READ!
(NEW) Quiz: Tools and Wire
4 questions
+ Basic Techniques - Making Simple Loops
7 lectures 24:59

These are the tools and supplies you will need to complete all the lessons in this section. We will learn to make simple wire loops and then practice connecting them before we go on to complete a simple link bracelet.

Supplies + Materials List for Section 3
In this lesson, I show you step by step how to create a simple wire loop.
Simple Wire Loops
In this lesson, I'll go over some of the most common mistakes that people make when learning to make simple loops, and I'll show you how to avoid or correct them!
Troubleshooting Tips for Simple Loops
In this lesson, I show you how to connect your simple wire links correctly. If you don't already have a few good links, go ahead and pause the video and make a few so that you can follow along with me in this lesson.
Connecting Simple Wire Loops

This is a quick review of all the steps we went over in the last few videos.

Be sure you are feeling comfortable and confident with making nice round loops and connecting links together by this point. Practice, practice, practice and be sure to let me know if you're still having trouble with anything!

Simple Loops: Review + Cheat Sheet
Download and print this cheat sheet if you think it might come in handy as a reminder of the steps for making simple loops when you aren't able to rewatch these videos :)
Simple Loop Cheat Sheet
1 page

Let's make a bracelet! By now you should have several links made with simple loops, and we're going to connect them and add a clasp to make a finished bracelet!

I show you how to figure out how long to make your bracelet (depending on the clasp you use) as well as a couple of neat little 'cheats' for making loops faster. I'll also show you a little variation on the links we've been making in order to make the clasp ring part of the bracelet design.

Have fun! Be sure to post your project photos in the discussion section of this lesson if you'd like to share with everyone :)

Simple Link Bracelet
+ Basic Techniques: Making Wrapped Loops
5 lectures 19:13
Supplies + Materials List for Section 4

In this video, I show you how to make wire wrapped loops. This is my preferred method of connecting beads with wire - it's much sturdier than open loops (simple loops) and I really like the way they look.

There are definitely a few tricks to getting it right, and I show you all of those things in this lesson.

We're aiming for loops that:

• are nice and round, and straight

• are centered on the wire stem

• are all the same size

• have nice tight coils, lined up neatly

• are cleanly finished - wire tails tucked in


If you're having trouble with any of this, be sure to check out the Troubleshooting Tips lecture below and feel free to ask for help (and post photos).

Making Wrapped Loops

In this lecture, we'll go over how to connect our wrapped loops together to make a wire wrapped chain!


If you're having trouble with any of this, please be sure to check out the Troubleshooting Tips video below, and feel free to ask questions (and post photos)!

Connecting Wrapped Loops

In this lesson, we go over some of the most common issues you might encounter when making wire wrapped loops.

If you're struggling with something that isn't mentioned in this video, please let me know! I will be adding to this lecture as students share what they're having trouble with. Don't forget you can upload a photo in the discussion section right from the sidebar! That will help me see what's going on :)

Troubleshooting Tips for Wrapped Loops

In this video, we finish up our wire wrapped bracelet with a clasp.

Great job! Please let me know if you're having trouble with anything in this section by posting a discussion on any of the videos in this section (section 4).

Wire Wrapped Bracelet
+ Headpins
4 lectures 10:08
Supplies + Materials for Section 5

In this lesson, we talk about headpins.

• What is a headpin, and what is it used for?

- A headpin is basically a piece of wire that has some kind of a 'stopper' on the end.

- Using headpins is one of the ways we can make beaded dangles to use in our designs. There are LOTS of different styles of headpins, some you can buy, and some you can make yourself.

- Headpins are available in various materials, gauges, and lengths.

• Examples of types of headpins:

- flat headpins (regular headpins)

- ball (or 'balled') headpins

- paddle headpins

- coiled (or 'knotted') headpins

- other 'fancy' headpins

Examples of Headpins you can buy or make

In this lesson, we learn how to make our own simple headpins using wire!

I'll show you how to make what I call a 'curled' headpin, with a couple of slight variations in case your beads have large holes. Then we move on to making spiral headpins.

You can use either 24 gauge (.5 mm) or 26 gauge (.4 mm) for these headpins. 22 gauge (.64 mm) will also work if you are using larger beads.

Make Your Own Headpins - Curled & Spiral Headpins

In this lesson, I show you how to make your own lovely knotted headpins out of wire!

These are best made with 26 gauge wire (.4 mm) but after you get the technique down feel free to try them with 24 gauge (.5 mm), keeping in mind it's a little bit more challenging.

Make Your Own Headpins - Knotted Headpins
+ Drops and Dangles
4 lectures 08:55
Supplies + Materials for Section 6

In this lesson, we learn to make a wire wrapped dangle to use in our designs.

This is a quick recap of a wire wrapped loop - you already know how to do this! The main thing to remember is to make sure to leave 1 to 1.5 inches of wire to work with after adding the bead(s).

Also, you don't want to wrap the wire too tight against the bead as the head of some types of headpins can pop right off. Be sure to leave just a tiny bit of room for the bead to spin a little bit without leaving too much room between the wraps and the bead.

Preview 01:53

In this lesson, I show you how to wire wrap a briolette drop. This technique is also sometimes called a 'triangle wrap' because of the shape the wire makes when you cross it over at the top of a pointed bead.

This is another way you can created beaded dangles to use in your wire wrapped jewelry!

Wrapped Briolette Drop

In this video, I show you a fun way to 'fancy' up the drops and dangles we've already learned. This method does use quite a bit more wire, but as you'll see it creates a completely different look that's great to have in your bag of tricks to use whenever you need a little something extra in your designs :)

First I'll show you how to make a 'fancy' wrapped drop using a homemade headpin, then we'll move on to the 'fancy' version of a briolette drop.

Fancy Wrapped Briolettes and Dangles
+ Ear Wires
2 lectures 03:45
Supplies + Materials for Section 7

In this lesson, we learn to make our own ear wires! I love to make my own ear wires because before I knew how to make them, I always used to run out...That never happens anymore :)

You might want to take this opportunity to practice and make several pairs of ear wires that you can use to make earrings in the next section.

Let me know how you're getting along!

How to Make Simple Ear Wires
+ Earrings
5 lectures 21:48
Supplies + Materials for Section 8

In this lesson, I show you how to correctly open and close and ear wire to attach it to a dangle.

I'll show you 3 different ways to make a simple drop earring:

  • Attach a wrapped headpin dangle to the ear wire
  • Attach a 'stacked' wrapped headpin dangle to the ear wire
  • Attach a wrapped briolette drop to the ear wire

Now you have everything you need to know to be able to create several different pairs of simple drop earrings. Take a little time with this and have fun! Turn your favorite beads into earrings that you can wear right away!

Don't forget to share your fabulous creations with us! I'd love to see what you're making :)

Simple Drop Earrings

In this lesson we'll put together some long (linear) dangle earrings. I am using the same briolettes I made in the 'fancy' wrapped briolettes lesson.

Please note I'm mixing wire gauge sizes here - the briolettes are wrapped with 26 gauge and I use 24 gauge wire for the crystal beads. Feel free to use all of one size or the other, depending on what suits your beads best and which look you prefer!

Most of this video is going to be refresher for you from what we've already learned in past videos. I go ahead and go through it all again so you can follow along with me and won't have to backtrack to a previous lesson if you need help with one of the steps :)

Feel free to skip to the end of the video if you feel you can do this on your own! But you might want to take a look at the last 40 seconds or so, as I also give you a couple more tips to make sure your earrings will match each other nicely.

Linear Dangle Earrings

In this lesson, we build on the pair of earrings we made in the last video by adding some clusters.

You'll need to prepare 24 headpins of your choice, using either 24 gauge or 26 gauge wire (depending on your beads and your preference). I am using 26 gauge wire for my dangles.

After making your headpins, add your beads to them and prepare them for wrapping by forming the loops but leaving them open. I recommend making the loops on these dangles quite a bit smaller than the loops on the main part of the earring, so the dangles will hang closer to the earrings and above the beads on the main part of the earring.

Don't forget to share photos of your progress! We'd love to see what you're making. And of course, let me know if you have questions!

Linear Dangle Earrings with Clusters

In this lesson, I show you how to make a pair of beaded hoop earrings with a dangle in the middle.

Instead of the headpin drop in the center, you can opt for a wire wrapped briolette drop. Just make sure you make the loop on top of the briolette facing front-to-back so the drop will face forward inside the hoop.

If you're having trouble with anything, please let me know so I can help you through it.

I'd love to see your designs! I hope you'll upload some photos to share with the group :)

Beaded Hoop Earrings
+ Bracelets
3 lectures 11:08
Supplies + Materials for Section 9

In this video, we'll make a clustered wire wrapped link bracelet. I use the first simple wire wrapped link bracelet that we made in the beginning of the course as a base.

You'll need to prepare at least 26 dangles, using the headpins of your choice. Prepare the dangles by threading the bead on the headpin and creating a small loop, but leaving it open to attach to the bracelet.

My bracelet is made with 24 gauge wire, but I am using 26 gauge headpins. You can use either 24 gauge or 26 gauge headpins for the dangles.

Wire Wrapped Cluster Bracelet

In this lesson, I show you how to make a 3 strand wire wrapped bracelet with dangles.

This bracelet is made with 3 lengths of wire wrapped chain that are all the same length. All three chains are wrapped onto one single link at each end. These single links should have a larger loop to accommodate all three of the chains.

Remember if you'd like to make a similar bracelet with larger beads, it's best to make sure that the beads at each end of the chain are much smaller so that your chains will lie flat against the wrist. In other words, the design should taper to the point where the chains meet to be able to fit into the larger loop you create.

The dangles of course, are optional, and you can use any beads that you like to complement your design. Choose wire wrapped briolettes, single drop beads, stacked bead dangles, or any combination that you like.

3 Strand Wire Wrapped Bracelet with Dangle
+ Necklaces
3 lectures 07:17
Supplies + Materials for Section 10

In this lesson, we make a wire wrapped chain necklace with a beaded hoop drop.

I make this necklace by creating the two sides separately. Make each wire wrapped chain at least 8 inches long (for a 16 inch necklace) including the clasp. The two sides will need to be as close to the same length as possible.

For a 17 inch necklace, make each half of the necklace 8.5 inches.

For an 18 inch necklace, make each half of the necklace 9 inches long.

Have fun, and be sure to let me know if you need help with anything!

Wire Wrapped Necklace With Beaded Hoop Drop

How to construct a tiered three-strand wire wrapped necklace.

You already know how to do the wire wrapping part, so in this video we focus on how to figure out the length of your strands to get the perfect tiered look for your design!

NEW! 3 Strand Necklace (added Oct. 2, 2015)