I’ve done a few jewellery making projects in the past and am often left with a few beads left over each time. Having collected these in a little jar, I thought that I would have a go at making a bead soup bracelet.
I also recently got wind of a new tool that would make the process of forming the loops on headpins much much easier – so I thought that this would also be a good opportunity to put this to the test.
Firstly, what is bead soup you may well ask? Basically it’s just a group of random beads; it could be a mix of colours and textures, ultimately it is totally random.
Here was my little pot of bead soup.
Previously I would have had to have formed each headpin loop in several motions using round nosed pliers and wire cutters. I in fact did do that for this necklace that I made a while back.
However, as I mentioned I discovered a new tool that does all of these ‘motions’ all in one squeeze of a handle – yes, the loop forming and wire cutting, all in one.
The tool that I refered to was the Beadsmith 1-Step Looper Pliers. They look like this.
Here is a shot of them with the wire loop formed using the pliers.
Whilst I show you the loop with no bead, you can work the loop with the bead on the wire so it takes the guess work out of how much wire to use and also avoids inconsistent loop sizes and means that the loop is perfectly positioned at the top of the bead.
I found this video demonstration to help you see how it works…
With this in mind, the tool in hand and a packet of head pins by my side I set to work …
… and whistled my way through the bead soup and end up with a pot of beads ready to attach to my bracelet.
The bracelet I made some time ago and was a simple 2 in 2 chain (where each connection has two jump rings in it). I attached “pairs” of beads to every alternate link so that they would all lay in one direction.
When it was all done I ended up with something quite wonderful …
What do you think?
I was so happy and proud when I had finished it. I must say, the looping tool made things so much easier and quicker; I think that it may have ended up as another UFO had it not been for them.
The pliers are widely available – just type Beadsmith 1 Step Looper Pliers into google and you should find somewhere near you that sells them.
Anyway, thank you for reading and I hope that you like my little creation.
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Take care. See you again soon.