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How to Crochet with Wire

You can make elegant designs with wire crochet. In this example, we used a size 0 needle that makes loops smaller than the beads we used. This creates the curl in the wire. If you want a straight design, use a needle equal to or larger than the beads you are working with.
String all of the beads you will want to use in the design. If you are estimating, overestimate, once you begin you cannot add beads. We like working straight from the spool. It doesn't hurt to work harden your wire if you are working in sterling by running the wire through nylon jaw pliers a couple of times.
Make a simple loop in the wire. Leave a tail of at least four inches.
Hold the tail of the wire in the same hand as your crochet needle. Slide the needle through the center of the loop.
Wrap the wire around the crochet needle and along the hook.
Pull the wire back through the loop. This is now your working loop. Wrap the wire again and repeat the process.
Make several loops to start your chain.
When you have reached the desired length of starter chain (at least three links) add a bead to the wire.
Wrap the wire around the hook again, the bead will fall below the needle.
Pull the stitch through the loop.
Continue until you have used all of the beads.
Make another chain of several links at the end of the wire. And cut a tail of at least four inches.
On the last stitch, keep pulling the wire until it comes all the way through the loop. This will create a knot.
Pull this wire very tight. Use your pliers to help ensure the security.
Finish the wire with a wrapped loop and your favorite clasp. You can also use glue and an end cap or your favorite cone.


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