Wire Wrapping Technique,
Jewelry Making Instructions


Learn a beginner jewelry wire wrapping technique, used in making wire jewelry and bead jewelry making, with illustrated step-by-step instructions.

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Wire Wrapping Technique #2:
How to Make a Double End Wrapped Wire Loop Using Wire

Jewelry Making Supplies

  • 20 gauge (.81 mm) round half hard wire (for practice use brass or copper wire)
  • a few beads for practice

Jewelry Making Tools

  • one pair round nose pliers
  • one pair chain nose pliers
  • wire Cutters

Jewelry Wire Wrapping Instructions

Make a wrapped wire bead unit.

1. Gather supplies and tools.

Use a fine point marker and mark the jaws of your round nose pliers at about 3/8" (4.76 mm) (or other measurement) from their tip. This will help you to make consistent sized wire loops.

2. Cut a piece of wire about 6" long.

With your dominant hand, pick up the chain nose pliers. Near the middle of the wire's length grasp the wire between the pliers' jaws.

How to Make Wrapped Wire Loops

3. With your thumb, bend the top of the wire at a 90 degree angle over the jaw of the pliers.

How to Make Wrapped Wire Loops

4. With your non dominant hand pickup the chain nose pliers and grasp the tip of the horizontal portion of the wire.

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.

How to Make Wrapped Wire Loops

Wire Wrapping Technique #2 Continued

5. Tighten your grip on the round nose pliers. Using the chain nose pliers, bring the tip of the horizontal wire upward to a vertical position.

How to Make Wrapped Wire Loops

6. Now bring the tip of the wire over the top jaw of the pliers and downward. The wire should now be in a vertical position, draping over the pliers' top jaw.

How to Make Wrapped Wire Loops

7. Rotate the pliers so that the bottom jaw of the pliers is now on top of the wire loop.

How to Make Wrapped Wire Loops

8. Still using the chain nose pliers, bring the tip of the wire upward back to its starting position. The wire has now made a full loop or circle.

How to Make Wrapped Wire Loops


9. With the round nose pliers in your dominant hand, grasp the wire loop, ensuring that the shorter wire is pointing upward. We will use this wire to wrap around the longer wire.

How to Make Wrapped Wire Loops

10. With your non dominant hand pickup the chain nose pliers and grasp the tip of the shorter wire.

How to Make Wrapped Wire Loops

11. Bring the shorter wire over the top of the longer wire and downward. You've made the first loop.

Now make two more loops by bringing the tip of the shorter wire up, over and downward twice. You will have made three loops.

How to Make Wrapped Wire Loops

12. With the wire cutters, trim any excess wire.

How to Make Wrapped Wire Loops

13. With the chain nose pliers, tuck the wire end close to the straight wire.

How to Make Wrapped Wire Loops

14. A perfectly formed wrapped wire loop.

How to Make Wrapped Wire Loops

15. Now, thread a bead onto the straight wire.

Repeat steps 4 to 10 of Method #1 above, Make a Wrapped Wire Loop Above a Bead.

Now you've made a wrapped wire bead unit. It's ready to be connected to another bead unit.

How to Make Wrapped Wire Loops

16. Simply thread the loop of one bead unit into an open loop before you wrap it.

How to Make Wrapped Wire Loops

17. Thread a bead onto the straight wire of the second bead unit. Make a wrapped wire loop. Repeat the steps to make wire wrapped bracelets.

How to Make Wrapped Wire Loops


Finally, this Beading for Beginners Wire Wrapping Technique lesson is complete!

How was that beginning jewelry wire wrapping technique lesson? A more little challenging, but doable, right? Yeah!

Now, use the techinque to begin making bead bracelets with wire.

Or learn even more by taking an online video Wire Wrapped Jewelry Making Class.


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