This tutorial will teach you how to wrap a donut bead with graceful coiled swirls, accented with a wave of small beads.
You will need to find 3mm beads that will easily fit onto 20g wire. I have found that the 3mm Czech fire polished glass beads work very well for this. Many small Swarovski crystal beads will work as well. I have also found a few small stone beads that have holes large enough too.
The materials call for a 40mm donut bead with a hole that is less than 10mm. The smaller hole size is to ensure that there is enough room for the swirls to lay on the top of the donut. A larger hole will make the swirls look out of proportion compared to the rest of the pendant. You can use a lager donut bead if you like as well. The Onyx pendant in the photo above is a 50mm donut, and, as you can see, it turned out well. If using a larger donut, the hole can be up to 12mm without causing any problems. However, if you use a larger donut, don’t forget to use longer pieces of wire to make up for it.
* 10” (25.4cm) 20 gauge round dead soft wire
* 7.5’ (2.3 meters) 28 gauge round dead soft wire
* 1 40mm donut bead (the hole must 10mm or smaller)
* Desired number of 3mm beads (must fit on 20g wire)
* Wire Flush Cutters
* Chain Nose Pliers
* Needle Nose Pliers
* Bail Making Pliers or Mandrel
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