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Wire Loops and Wire Wrapping

Learn the beading techniques of Wire Loops and Wire Wrapping.

Materials:
beads 
needle nose pliers
– wire cutter
– flat nose pliers
– head pins
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Simple Wire Loop

Step 1: Place your bead onto the head pin.

Making a Wire Loop

Step 2: Hold on to the bead with your non-dominant hand.  Use needle nose pliers in your dominant hand to bend the head pin just above the bead at a 90 degree angle.

Making a wire loop

Step 3: Use wire cutters to trim the wire.

Simple wire loop

Step 4: Hold the bead in your non-dominant hand and point the end of the wire away from yourself.  Grab the end of the wire with your needle nose pliers and roll the wire back toward yourself to form a loop.

Simple wire loop

That’s how to form a simple wire loop!  Honestly, it will be a little tricky the first few times you try.  I remember feeling like I was all thumbs when I started out and thinking I’d never get the hang of it!  But don’t give up; it’ll get in your muscle memory and you’ll be doing it like it’s second nature in no time!

Simple wire loop

Wire Wrapped Loop

Here’s the second option, which I actually prefer, wire wrapping.  In some ways I feel like this is actually easier than the simple loop.  You don’t have to worry about cutting your wire too long or too short, and I think the finished product looks neater and more professional.  Either way works, though, and I’ve definitely made plenty of jewelry using both methods!

Steps 1 and 2 are the same as for a simple loop!  First, you place your bead on the head pin.

wire wrapping

Bend the wire at a 90 degree angle just above the bead, as you normally would.

Wire Wrapping

Now, here’s where things get a little different.
Step 3: While holding the wire with your needle nose pliers {in your non dominant hand}, use your dominant hand to bend it back up and over the top part of your pliers.

Wire Wrapping

Wrap it all the way around until it forms a full loop.

Wire wrapping

Step 4: While holding the pliers in your non-dominant hand, grab the end of the wire with your dominant hand and begin wrapping it around itself.  The thinner gauge your eye pins are, the easier this is to do.  Continue wrapping until you are touching the bead.

wire wrapping

Step 5: Trim any excess wire.

Wire Wrapping

That’s all there is to it!  Here’s a look at them side by side; simple wire loop on the left, wire wrapped loop on the right.

Wire loops

From here, all you need to do is add a jump ring and you’re ready to make beaded earrings, necklace charms, or anything you like!  To open a jump ring, I like to hold it with flat nose pliers and twist it open with needle nose pliers.  The key is to twist it NOT pull it apart.

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Now this bead is ready to be added to an ear wire or a chain!  See?  Easy peasy!

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What do you think?!  Honestly doable, right?