Basic Wire Wrapping Formulas

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by Judy Ellis,


Tip for April 4, 2014

Basic Wire Wrapping Formulas

Have you ever wondered how to get the most accurate measurements when making a wire bracelet or just need to know how much wire it takes to wrap a pendant ?

Today our tips come from our Entire Intermediate DVD Series and just might take the guess work out of your next projects.  You can learn all about this and more in our Entire Intermediate DVD Series.

Basic Wire Bracelet Formula:

• Basic Wire Bracelet Formula: circumference of wrist + ½” = length of wires needed
• Recommended 22-, 21-, or 20-gauge square half hard wire for both main construction and wrap wires
• Wraps needed = minimum of 5 wraps in each location

This is to assist you in creating a Beaded Clasp Bangle Bracelet like the one pictured. We feature this Bracelet as Project 1 in our Entire Intermediate Series.

Framed Pendant Chart:

The basic chart below will help guide you in understanding the distance between wire wraps when you are making a framed pendant like the one featured on Disc 3 of our Entire Intermediate Series.


If you’ve purchased our Beginner Set and are ready to move on to some additional projects – take a look at what our  Entire Intermediate Series Package includes:

Intermediate Series Package
This Intermediate Series is perfect for the wire jewelry maker who desires to progress from following patterns and trying to vary them, to actually being able to create their own designs. Each DVD covers certain techniques that blend with other skills taught in the series. All DVDs include written follow-up directions and some also have extra-detailed diagrams that offer even more assistance as you learn. You will not be disappointed with the NINE unique projects in this set.

DVD 1Beaded Clasp Bangle Bracelet


DVD 2All Wire Rosette Ring & Victorian Beaded Earrings



DVD 3Reversible Framed Pendant


DVD 4 - Cold Filigree Wide Cuff Bracelet


DVD 5“Anything” Cocktail & Crystal Wave Rings



Bonus DVD #1Buzzy Bee Pin & Filigree Pearl Ring



This weekend only…


Happy Wrapping!

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  1. avatar

    Angela Griahm

    April 4, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    Trying to find the simple slide bracelet pattern from last week or the one before. Do you know what I am talking about?

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    Marge Bryant

    April 4, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    So wonderful to see and be able to refer to the wire-wrapping Formulas. It surely will make life easier for some of us. Thanks for posting this.

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    April 7, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    When you make your first wrapped section, start with a measured piece of half-round wire – say 10cm or 15cm. After completing the first wrap and cutting the wire, measure what remains. Subtract that length from the intial measured amount and you will know how much wire you need for each wrapped section, and whether you really can use that left-over piece of wire or whether it will be a bit short.

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