These beautiful wired wrapped fabric and ribbon beads are so fun and simple to make and look like expensive art or glass beads! They are just made from scraps of fabric, ribbon, yarn and wire with seed bead assortments I got from Auntie's Beads:
|Miyuki seed beads mixes in assorted sizes from Auntie's Beads|
|Scrap fabric, ribbon and yarn|
1) Assorted scrap fabric, ribbon and yarn; look for cool textures with shimmer!
2) Assorted wire in all colors ( I like Artistic wire from Auntie's Beads) from 20 gauge to 28 gauge.
3) Seed Beads, I like Miyuki seed beads mixes in mixed sizes from Auntie's beads.
4) Tacky glue
1) Wire cutter
2) Bamboo skewers
Start wrapping your ribbon or fabric strips around a bamboo skewer. Here I used sheer 2" wide ribbon that has wire in it and is about 9" long. The wired ribbon is very easy to work with because you can mold it to shape. For fabric, I use 1" by 6 to 9" strips; it just depends on how thick the fabric is and how big of a bead you want. You can either add more or cut any excess off if necessary. You can use a combination of fabric and ribbon, lace and even wrap yarn! If you are not using the wired ribbon, pin your fabric to hold it together:
Step Two: When you get the shape you want, take a yard of wire and tie or twist it around the center of the bead. Then add a few seed beads as you wrap the wire around:
Keep adding beads and wrapping until there is about 4" of wire left then loop it though a seed bead near the edge a few times to hold and then I like to coil the rest of the wire around the skewer at the end:
|Loop the end of the wire though a bead a few times to hold.|
Then repeat, adding beads to the other half of the wire. Sometimes I need to add more wire and beads. You can squish the bead and shape it to make it tighter as you are wrapping. When I am finished I like to remove it carefully from the skewer, sliding onto a head pin or eye pin with a small bead cap, adding a dab of tacky glue to the ends so it wont unravel. I have also cut the skewer and left it inside the bead and wrapped the excess sturdy 20 gauge wire around and formed loops to hang. (see purple bead below) You can also start with a paper coffee stirrer straw instead of a skewer and glue your fabric onto that but I didn't want to raid Starbucks just yet!
|I used 20 ga wire and wrapped ends and made loops|
|Find my fabric bead jewelry in my Etsy Shop|
Be sure to check out my Etsy shop frequently for more fabric bead jewelry or fiber art and even necklaces will be coming soon!
Do you like this tutorial, is this something you could make? Comments welcomed :)