Kylie Jones's Soldered Wire Bead Caps, Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin. Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder.  This bead cap has a diameter of 13.
Soldered Wire Bead Caps
by Kylie Jones
  • Category: Findings
  • Technique(s): Making Loops, Butane Torch Techniques
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
This bead cap has a diameter of 13.5mm. The beads in the main photo are 11.5mm and the cap comes down over almost half of the bead. This same bead cap can be formed over a larger bead, the larger the bead the less the cap will cover the bead and a smaller bead will see the cap covering more of the bead. Each bead cap needs 4 wire shapes and 1 jump ring.

Materials

21 Gauge Round Half Hard Copper Wire
H11-21H
  • Lesson Quantity: 6.00 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1FT
  • Price: $0.42
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Tools

Chain Nose Wire Plier
G2-508
  • G2-508
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $32.95
  • Gold Club Price: $24.71
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Round Nose Wire Plier
G2-507
  • G2-507
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $32.95
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Flat Nose Nylon Flat Jaw With Spring
PLR-831.00
  • PLR-831.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $13.80
  • Gold Club Price: $10.35
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C.H.P Milano Italian Flush Cutter, 5 1/2 Inches
PLR-487.00
  • PLR-487.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $14.97
  • Gold Club Price: $11.23
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Deluxe Soldering Kit
G15-5
  • G15-5
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $116.97
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Silver Solder Wire - 20 Gauge Soft 1/4 Troy Ounce
SOL-843.10
  • SOL-843.10
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $14.95
  • Gold Club Price: $11.21
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Silver Solder Wire - 20 Gauge Medium 1/4 Troy Ounce
SOL-843.15
  • SOL-843.15
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $15.95
  • Gold Club Price: $11.96
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WET/DRY PAPER 9 X 11 ASST- 20PC- 2EA GRIT 180-3000
ABR-500.90
  • ABR-500.90
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
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  • Price: $24.95
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Instructions
Step 1
To make the wire shapes straighten your wire by running it through nylon pliers and cut 4 pieces of wire the same length, about 30mm long. Bend the wire at the middle point into a 90┬░angle. Using round nose pliers make a loop at both ends of the wire and using chain nose pliers continue looping the wire around as you would for a spiral going around the original loop until you have about 1 1/3 loops so the end of the wire that started the loop sits at the top of the loop as you look at the wire shape with the bend at the bottom.
Kylie Jones's Soldered Wire Bead Caps - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, soldered wire bead caps
Kylie Jones's Soldered Wire Bead Caps - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, soldered wire bead caps
Kylie Jones's Soldered Wire Bead Caps - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, soldered wire bead caps
Kylie Jones's Soldered Wire Bead Caps - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, soldered wire bead caps
Kylie Jones's Soldered Wire Bead Caps - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, soldered wire bead caps
Kylie Jones's Soldered Wire Bead Caps - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, soldered wire bead caps
Kylie Jones's Soldered Wire Bead Caps - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, soldered wire bead caps
Kylie Jones's Soldered Wire Bead Caps - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, soldered wire bead caps
Kylie Jones's Soldered Wire Bead Caps - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, soldered wire bead caps
Step 2
Make sure all 4 shapes are flat, you can use parallel pliers or a steel block and mallet. Sand the sides and the base of the wire shapes and arrange them so they are evenly spaced and so the 90┬░ bends all fit together in the middle with a small hole right in the center. Cut 4 small solder pieces, I used wire solder as it fits perfectly in the groove between the 2 sides of the wire shapes. Flux the wire shapes and the solder. Heat the whole piece until the solder just begins to melt so the pieces are held together by the solder and then turn the piece over and continue to heat so the solder flows through from the front to the back. The solder is drawn to the heat of the torch. Normally I would solder on a titanium rack and heat from underneath the piece and the solder would flow down towards the heat of the torch, but for this project you need the even, flat surface of a soldering board to get the pieces fitting properly together.
Kylie Jones's Soldered Wire Bead Caps - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, soldered wire bead caps
Kylie Jones's Soldered Wire Bead Caps - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, soldered wire bead caps
Kylie Jones's Soldered Wire Bead Caps - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, soldered wire bead caps
Kylie Jones's Soldered Wire Bead Caps - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, soldered wire bead caps
Kylie Jones's Soldered Wire Bead Caps - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, soldered wire bead caps
Step 3
To make the jump ring, wrap the wire around a mandrel or round nose pliers to make a ring that is slightly bigger than the hole in the middle of the piece. Flush cut each end and close the ring keeping it as round and even as possible. The side of the ring that will be soldered to the bead cap needs to be sanded so it has a flat profile as this will give you more contact and will result in a better solder join. Check the fit of the ring on the bead cap and make sure that the area that the ring will sit on is clean. Flux the ring and the area you are soldering it to. You want the ring to be in contact with the 8 wires that radiate out from it. Place the ring in position with the join over the largest solder blob, if you don't have any blobs you will need to add a small amount of solder inside the ring touching both sides of the join. You can solder the ring closed first but I found it worked well doing it all in one step. Once the ring is attached check with magnification that the solder has flowed between the ring and each piece of wire. If there are wires that aren't attached, re-flux and add a small piece of solder at each spot that isn't attached making sure the solder is in contact with both the wire and the ring. It is important to make sure all 8 wires are attached because when you bend the cap over the bead the jump ring will be at a different angle at the spots where it hasn't been attached to the wire and it won't look even.
Kylie Jones's Soldered Wire Bead Caps - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, soldered wire bead caps
Kylie Jones's Soldered Wire Bead Caps - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, soldered wire bead caps
Kylie Jones's Soldered Wire Bead Caps - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, soldered wire bead caps
Step 4
You can form the cap directly over the bead but I found it was easier to slowly form the shape using dapping punches as the forming stake, going from a large punch that has a gentle slope and progressively going through smaller punches. You can use anything that has a small half sphere shape as a forming stake, a ball peen hammer will work well.
Kylie Jones's Soldered Wire Bead Caps - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, soldered wire bead caps
Kylie Jones's Soldered Wire Bead Caps - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, soldered wire bead caps
Kylie Jones's Soldered Wire Bead Caps - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, soldered wire bead caps
Kylie Jones's Soldered Wire Bead Caps - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, soldered wire bead caps
Step 5
Remove any tool marks with abrasive wheels or sandpaper and give the bead cap a bright shine with a polishing compound. You can get a beautiful finish with sandpaper or polishing papers on their own but if you are using a sanding stick just be careful to keep the roundness of the wire as the flat sanding stick has a tendency to square off and flatten round edges. I found the radial bristle discs were very good with this project because if you use a light touch and only 1 disc you don't run the risk of flattening the round profile of the wire.
Kylie Jones's Soldered Wire Bead Caps - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, soldered wire bead caps