On our recent trip to Hawaii, there was one lazy afternoon when we all crashed. Probably just the jet-lag catching up with us. But anyway, when I woke up, I grabbed my wire and tools along with five roughly "polished" lava beads I had bought, and spent a pleasant hour wrapping them. The little heart charms were added when I got back home.
As close as I can figure, this is how I did the wraps.
1. Cut about a 15 inch piece of wire. It was inexpensive wire, so I didn't worry about wasting on the first bead I wrapped. I believe it was 20 or 22 gauge.
2. Stick the wire through the bead hole, and leave about 3 - 4 inches at the top.
3. Turn a wrapped loop at the bottom, and begin to wrap the wire upwards around the bead.
4. At the top, wrap the working wire around the 3 inch section, close to the hole, and clip the end.
5. Turn a larger wrapped loop at the top and wrap the wire down over the turns from step 4. Turn a spiral with the leftover wire end.
6. Use your chain nose or round nose pliers to make bends in the wire that encircles the bead, making a snugger wrap.
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