Jewelry Making Charms

Jewelry making charms have many uses they make great earrings, handbag or phone charms and charm bracelets to name a few. I use bead charms regularly and you will find them quite often in the free jewelry making instructions on my how to make jewelry pages.

This jewelry making technique can seem a little tricky at first. Take it slowly mold the wire gently into the shape you want, don’t try to force it, and with a bit of practice it will become a lot easier. The results are definitely worth it as you can use these bead charms in so many different bead craft ideas and it is so much cheaper to make your own.

Materials and Equipment

  • A head-pin or a length of wire at least 1cm longer than bead for single loop charms and 2cm longer than bead for double loop charms
  • Bead
  • A pair of round nose pliers
  • Wire cutters

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1cm of wire will give a nice neat loop but you can experiment with different sizes for different effects.

Single Loop Bead Charms Tutorial

If you are using a head-pin you can miss this step.This step shows you how to make your own head-pin.

You will need a length of wire about twice the length of your bead.About 5mm from one end bend the wire back on in self. Use the pliers to squeeze the loop closed.

Bend the tip of this doubled wire so it's at a right angle to the main length. Thread on your bead and make sure that it won't come of the end. If it does make the end of the wire a little longer.




Thread on the bead making sure it fits snugly on the head-pin and doesn't slide right off.

If the hole in your bead is too large you can use a bead cap or a smaller bead to stop it sliding off.




Bend the other end of the wire to form a right angle as close to the top of the bead as possible.

Use the round nose pliers form a loop in the end of the wire.

This is easier if done a bit at a time rather than all in one go.




Mold the wire so it forms a loop above the bead, make sure the loop is closed and sits directly above the bead.

Double Loop Bead Charms



If you are using an eye-pin thread the bead on to the eye-pin and continue from step 3.


If you are using wire you need to make an eye-pin first.

Bend the wire to form a right angle as close to the top of the bead as possible.

Use the round nose pliers form a loop in the end of the wire.

This is easier if done a bit at a time rather than all in one go.






Thread on the bead making sure the loop is in the center of the bead.




Using the wire cutters trim the wire sticking out of the bead to 1cm above the bead.

Bend the wire to a right angle again and make another loop going in the opposite direction to the first loop.





Mold the wire so it forms a loop above the bead, make sure the loop is closed and sits directly above the bead.

Mia’s Craft Ideas

This technique for jewelry making charms has many uses.

Being able to add a wire loop to a bead makes it more versatile not just in jewelry making but for other bead crafts as well.

You can use your charms to make bead curtains or key rings.

Your beads can be connected using jump rings or you can connect the loops directly.

To join the loops open the loop taking care not to distort it's shape.

Slide the loop of another charm onto the open loop. Close the loop carefully so you don't distort it.

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