Directions for a Wire Yarn Ball

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Directions for a Wire Yarn Ball
Practice with an inexpensive metal wire first. (Solder wire image by naolin from

A wire yarn ball serves as a lovely handmade pendant or bead for jewellery. It consists simply of 20- or 24-gauge wire wound around itself to create a look resembling a ball of yarn. When making one for the first time, it is advisable to practice with a basic metal such as copper. Once you have perfected the form, move on to working with semiprecious and precious metals like silver and gold for the finished piece.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 20 inches of 20- to 24-gauge wire
  • Round-nose pliers
  • Needle-nose pliers

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  1. 1

    Loop the wire around the round-nose pliers three times.

  2. 2

    Bend the wire at a 90-degree angle and gently wrap the wire around the first set of loops using your fingers. You now have a small sphere.

  3. 3

    Continue wrapping the wire around the looped core. If necessary, use the needle-nose pliers to bend and direct the wraps.

  4. 4

    Weave one wrap under another in a random pattern if desired.

  5. 5

    Bend the last length of wire you intend to use at a 90-degree angle with the needle-nose pliers and tuck it inside the ball.

Tips and warnings

  • During the wrapping, you can also create loops with the round-nose pliers to attach findings to later. Alternatively, string chain or findings through a sturdy wrap.

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