Fold the 18 gauge in half and twist the ends of the wires together (twist as tight or loose as you want to). Trim both ends to create about a 12” length of twisted wire.
Use the round nose pliers to form a small loop at one end of the twisted wire. Continue to curl the wire by hand until you have a curl large enough to hold a photo or place card.
By hand, form a coiled base with the remainder of the twisted wire for the place setting to stand on. Make a small loop at the end of the wire with round nose pliers to finish off the sharp end.
With one of the 12” 26 gauge wires, make a small loop with the round nose plier, then form and curl the wire with the chain nose pliers to make a spiral design.
Wrap the thinner wire around the twisted wire a few times.
Thread a large flower bead, then a small flower bead, and then a bicone bead. Thread the wire back through the small flower bead and the large flower bead and wrap it around the twisted wire a few more times to anchor the beads.
Thread on a pearl then wrap the wire a few times again around the twisted wire.
Thread on a leaf bead then wrap the wire a few times again around the twisted wire.
Trim off all but about 2” of wire. Form a curl with the remaining wire with the round nose and chain nose plier.
Repeat with the second piece of 12” 26 gauge wire and the remaining beads.
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