Beading for Beginners: Learn two variations of a jewelry wire wrapping
technique! Then, make wire wrapped bracelets and much more!
There are many wire jewelry wrapping techniques. But, wrapped wire loops are where most beaders begin.
Wrapped wire loops are used in bead stringing projects and for making wire jewelry. It's a very well used and versatile beginner basic wire jewelry making technique.
A wire loop is used to connect one beaded jewelry component to another. You can make a wide range of bead jewelry components...
Make dangles to attach to chain, charm bracelets or earring findings...Make pendant bails, even entire wire wrap necklaces and wire wrapped bracelets...Not to mention wire wrap earrings!
As you learn more about how to make bead jewelry, you'll find numerous uses for wrapped wire loops!
Here, you'll find jewelry making instructions to make two variations of a wrapped wire loop. These wire beading techniques are used when the hole of a bead is lengthwise.
Follow these simple step-by-step jewelry making instructions, and with a little practice, and you'll make perfect wrapped wire loops every time.
Remember, when cutting wire wear safety glasses. You don't want a snip of wire getting in an eye!
Tutorial Category: Jewelry Wire Wrapping Techniques
Skill Level: Beginning Beading
Jewelry Making Supplies
Jewelry Making Tools
1. Gather supplies and tools.
2. Use a fine point marker and mark the jaws of your round nose pliers at about 3/8" (about 5 mm) (or other measurement) from their tip. This will help you to make consistent size wire loops.
3. To make a wrapped loop with three wraps, use a head pin (or wire) that's about 2 1/2 to 3 times as
long as the length (hole to hole) of your bead. This should be enough to make the wrapped loop. In time,
you'll be able to gage what length head pin or how much wire you'll need.
Thread a bead onto a head pin (or eye pin).
Make a Wrapped Wire Loop Above a Bead.
4. With your dominant hand, use the chain nose pliers' tip to grasp the wire directly above the bead. Use your non dominant hand to bend the vertical wire at a right angle over the pliers' tip.
5. With your dominant hand pickup the round nose pliers, grasp the horizontal portion of the wire at the bend. Line up the wire and the pliers on the mark you made on the pliers's jaws. Make sure the pliers's jaws face or open in a north and south direction.
6. Tighten your grip on the round nose pliers. With your fingers or the chain nose pliers, bring the wire over the top jaw of the pliers to a horizontal position on the side opposite of the starting position.
7. Rotate the pliers so that the bottom jaw of the pliers is now on top of the wire loop. Using your fingers or the chain nose pliers, bring the tip of the wire downward, then upward back to its starting position. The wire has now made a full circle, or loop. You've made the loop.
8. Now wrap it. Grasp the loop with the round nose pliers. Grasp the extended wire with the chain nose pliers and wrap it around the stem of the wire two to three times.
9. Use the wire cutters to trim the excess wire.
10. Use the chain nose pliers to gently tuck the wire end under the wraps, close to the wire stem.
11. Completed wrapped wire loop.
You've made a dangle! Now, you can attach dangles to charm bracelets, wire earrings, chain to embellish or make a beaded necklace or any number of other things you can think up!
How was that beginning jewelry wire wrapping lesson? Easy? Yes!
Let's learn Beading for Beginners Wire Wrapping Technique #2.