When a gemstone or bead has been drilled through the centre, and you want to connect it to beads, chains or findings on both sides, it’s time to do a Centre Drill Double End Wire Wrap! The example in our video uses a pink faceted round Cubic Zirconia and some 24 Gauge Sterling Silver Wire. It doesn’t actually matter what you use as long as your jewellery bead has been drilled through the centre and the wire is thin enough to thread through it. You will also need a set of round nose pliers and a set of wire cutters. If you don’t have wire cutters, nail clippers are a surprisingly effective substitute.
Thread the wire through the bead and pull it through, giving yourself some slack at the end. Now curl an open loop around the nose of the pliers about a centimetre from the end. Hold the loop with the tip of the pliers, and wrap the wire tightly around the base of the loop. When you’ve wrapped it around twice completely, fold the excess next to the main length of wire. Providing the wire is thin enough, it doesn’t need to be trimmed and will tuck neatly into the bead when you slide it over.
After sliding the bead over, on the opposite side of the bead, curl another loop around the nose of the pliers. Wrap the wire around the base of the loop once completely, to fasten it. This time trim off the excess with the wire cutters. To line the two loops up with one another, just give them a slight twist with your fingers and the pliers. Finished!