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Marbles Wire Crochet Bracelet – Tutorial/Pattern


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Below is a list of tips I’ve found helpful when crocheting with wire:

  • Relax. If you can crochet with yarn and thread, there’s no reason you shouldn’t be able to crochet with wire. If you’ve never crocheted with thread, practice with that first to get used to handling something way thinner than yarn. Size 10 is recommended.
  • Know that wire isn’t as forgiving about mistakes as yarn/thread is. If you try to frog it, you’re either going to break it, or just end up with a very fragile piece of wire that will more than likely break sometime down the road. Having said that, it’s sometimes easier to cover up a mistake using wire.
  • Start out using inexpensive wire in a thin gauge. I’ve found that 28- and 30-gauge work best for me. A thicker gauge is sturdier for some projects, but it’s a lot harder on the hands–and hooks. Hobby Lobby has some cheap wire that is great to play around with. If you decide you’re going to stick with it, try purchasing wire from Artistic Wire. It’s a bit more expensive, but you won’t be disappointed.
  • Wire doesn’t wrap around your hand and move as smoothly as yarn does. You will probably need to find a comfortable way to hold the wire that allows it to move, as well as keeps your tension consistant.
  • Good lighting can make all the difference in the world.
  • If making an item that uses a lot of beads, thread more than you think you’ll need onto the wire before you begin. That way, you don’t stand the chance of running out before you finish your item. Too, be sure to thread the beads in the opposite order you plan to use them if you want them in a specific order.
  • There is no right and wrong. Find what works for you personally and run with it!
  • Most of all, have fun!

There’s also a couple of books out there that I recommend. One is Crochet with Wire by Nancie Wiseman. It has some great projects in it, and it’s easy to understand. Another is Crochet Jewelry by Sophie Britten. It’s a really fun book with 35 different jewelry patterns–some in wire, some not.

Of course, there’s always the almighty internet, although I’ve found very little on-line on the subject of wire crochet. I’m sure there’s more, but here’s a few links I’ve found:

          Crochet Wire & Bead Bracelet
          “How-to” With Wire
          Wire & Bead Crochet Instructions

Personally, I think that part of the beauty of wire crochet is the “fabric” created with the wire. In many cases, it’s as pretty as–or even prettier–than the beads chosen for a particular piece.

Have Fun & Happy Wire Crocheting!

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Silver Coiless Pins
Small Plastic Faceted Beads (or other beads of choice) – 2 for each pin
Letter beads – in letters representing your hook sizes


Bend the base of the pin until it’s almost straight, being careful not to break or weaken it. (Yes, it’ll snap in half, believe me. I found out through trial and error.) Place one bead on the pin, pushing it past the curve to the other side. Do the same with the letter bead and the other bead, then carefully bend the pin back to its usual shape. Once closed, pushed gently on the curve to bend it a bit tighter. The curve of the pin will keep the beads from falling off.

The letter on the marker will not only keep your place when you sit your crochet project down, but it’ll also help you recall what size hook you were using when you last stopped working on it.

I’ve found that the smaller pins work better than the larger ones. The markers in the image were made using size 1 1/4″. If larger ones are used, you could add more beads. It’s totally up to you. Experiment with different bead sizes and such. The possibilities could go on and on.

I wish I could take credit for this idea, but sadlly, I can’t. The orginal idea came from here -> Smart Stitch Holders.

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