A pair of fine long-nosed pliers and a pair of small side cutters
is essential--it is difficult to use the side-cutters that are part of
1. Select beads and thread them onto the
wire as shown above.
DO NOT CUT ANY WIRE OFF YET.
You can decide at this stage if you like
the arrangement of the beads.
2. Push the wire through the hole in the
bottom of the bobbin(above) and bend over the end to form a small hook,
using fine long-nosed pliers (below).
3. Bend the wire round and catch it in the
hook just formed. Close the hook with the pliers.
4. Push this loop in to the hole in the
bobbin and hold it with the tip of your finger.
Push all the beads along the wire until they are tight against
the other side of the hole, then pull
the wire tight through the loop using the pliers, keeping the
tip of your finger on the loop.
The whole spangle should tighten up, but leave it a little
loose to allow it to swing freely.
5. Cut off the wire using side cutters, about 6 - 8mm from
the hole of the last bobbin, and bend this excess over to form another
loop, which is closed up. The ends of this loop will go into the hole
the last bead.
6. It doesn't matter if the loops are a
at the beginning--with plenty of practice they will get neater and can
tightened up later when you are more proficient.
Text © Jacqui Southworth, 2000
Graphics and layout © Avital Pinnick, 2000