Sunday, November 2, 2008

beaded pull tutorial

Here's another tutorial for you guys! It's super easy too! Basically, it's a tutorial on making a wire loop and coil for your special beads; from there you can make snazzy zipper pulls, pendants, earring components etc. I personally use this technique for keychains and to make cute little pulls for my handmade zippered pouches.

Here are the tools and materials you will need:

  • Roundnose pliers
  • chainnose pliers
  • wire snips
  • sequins
  • kawaii beads (plastic or acrylic work just as well as ceramic, wood or glass beads...endless possibilities!
  • headpins (at least 1" or 2.54 cm in length; if it's a little longer its easier to work with)
  • jump or splitrings

1. Thread your bead onto the headpin. If the hole of the bead is too big to stay on the headpin, slip a sequin onto the headpin before you put the bead on... that way the sequin will act as a shiny stopper!

2. Using the roundnose pliers, bend the wire of the headpin at a 90˚ angle, leaving a little room between the bead (pushed all the way against the head of the headpin) and the bend. This way, you'll have some room to coil the wire down.

3. Hold and wrap the wire around the end of the roundnose pliers so that a loop is formed on the pliers, use the chainnose pliers with your other hand to wrap approximately 2-3 coils around the base wire, as close as possible to the bead. Snip off any excess wire.

4. Attach to anything using jump or split rings (if you are really good you can just wire wrap your bead onto a zipper or anything else right away, so you don't have to use jump or split rings).

5. Voila! Enjoy!


  1. awesome!! thank you for the tut!! :D

  2. Wow, thanks so much HJCeditor! I'll be sure to keep an eye out for it :D


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