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Simple & Wrapped Loops

Simple Loop

Making a simple wire loop is a great way to attach two components together. You can use this to create many different designs from bracelets, necklaces, earrings and charms. We recommend using 21 or 22 gauge wire. You will need: Round Nose Pliers, Cutters, Wire and Beads.

Thread a bead onto your head pin, and make a 90 degree bend just above your bead using chain nose pliers or your fingers.

 

 

Face the tail of the wire towards your body and place the round nose pliers at the end of the wire. Using your thumb nail as a support, wrap the wire away from you to create a loop. Where you put the wire on the pliers determines the loop size. The closer to the end of the pliers, the smaller the loops will be.

 

Use side or flush cutters to cut the wire, leaving a tail that’s about one third of an inch long.

 

 

To open and close the loop to attach it to another beaded loop or finding, use your chain nose pliers and twist gently to open from side to side.

 

Double Looped Bead

You can use the same steps to have a loop on both sides. We suggest using a head pin and cutting off the head because the head pin is already work hardened and holds its shape better.

When making a link like this you’ll want both loops to face the same direction. To do this, grip each loop with a pair of chain nose pliers and just twist until your loops are where you want them.

 

 

 

 

 

To keep your simple loops the same size you can mark your round nose pliers with a permanent marker.

Wrapped Loop

 

The Wrapped Loop is a staple of wire working. It is useful to finish earrings, make links for a chain, or dangle a pendant. To make a wrapped loop you will need wire cutters, round nose pliers and chain nose pliers.

Cut a piece of wire about 5 inches long. Straighten it. Bend it at about the 3 inch mark with your chain nose pliers until it is at a 90 degree angle.

 

 

With your round nose pliers, grab the wire about 1/8 of an inch from the bend and roll the pliers back toward the straight part of the wire (we’ll call this the stem) to form a loop. Where you put the wire on the pliers determines the loop size. The closer to the end of the pliers, the smaller the loops will be. Stop when the pliers are perpendicular to the wire stem. Take the tail of the wire in your fingers and pull it around the pliers to finish the loop.

 

 

 

Place chain nose pliersover loop, wrapping tail wire around main wire.

 

 

 

Put a bead on the wire. Grab the wire at the top of the bead with the tip of your chain nose pliers. Bend the wire to a 90 degree angle over the top of the pliers.

 

 

 

Repeat steps 1 through 4. This time wrap the wire until it reaches the top of the bead. Cut the wire and flatten the excess. You now have a double wrapped loop on your bead. Remember the distance from the pliers jaws and bead determine the number of wraps. The more space, the more wrapping you will do.

 

How to link your loop

To make linked jewelry you will have to connect the loops before you wrap them. To do this, after you have one complete loop, continue with the instructions on a second loop through step 3. At that point you will put the tail of the wire on the second loop through one of the finished ends of the first completed link. Finish wrapping the wire by following steps 4 through 6 and continue until you have reached the desired length.

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