It was a beautiful Spring day here in Pennsylvania yesterday, so we had class outside for this week's Beadalon's Facebook Live Video! One of the things Beadalon/ Artistic Wire specializes in is Heavy Gauge Wire - 1012 and 14 Gauges round out the category that spans from 10-34 Gauge. Originally, we were going to demonstrate a cool bangle bracelet (check in next week for that one!), but it was so nice outside that we were inspired to blow some bubbles - and the 14 gauge Artistic Wire is perfect for making a whimsical, beaded bubble wand!
I like using Memory Wire Shears to cut the thicker gauge wires. Because they are such a heavy duty cutter, they make it much easier to cut - and easy is good! I cut about 2.5 feet of 14 Gauge Tinned Copper Wire and wrapped it around a 3D Bracelet Jig, but any round object in the right size will work. Then, I made a wrapped loop to secure the circle into place. In the video, I used my hands to form one of the wands into a heart!  Next, I added some beads - just find a few with holes large enough to fit over the wire. I used some sparkly beads from Jesse James Beads. Aren't they fun? The last step is to make a spiral on the end of the wire to hold the beads into place.

Wrap about 2.5 feet of Wire around a 3D Bracelet Jig. 

Bend the short wire around the longer wire for a wrapped loop.

Use Memory Wire Shears to cut the excess wire off.

 Add some large hole beads.

Turn a loop on the end of the wire with Round Nose Pliers.

Grasp the loop with Chain Nose Pliers and continue to coil the wire around into a spiral.
Have fun!

We learned the hard way that you need better bubble solution to make lasting bubbles with these big wands. Here's a recipe that I found on the interwebs that looks like it would work.
Here's hoping that glorious weather is here to stay!
14 Gauge Tinned Copper Wire
Beads with holes big enough to fit over the wire

Happy Beading!