Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Wrapped Loops Tutorial - Basic Wire Working Techniques

In my opinion, wrapped loops are the most basic, yet essential technique to master as they are used in almost every wire design to connect links, dangles, charms, chain, etc.

Tools and Supplies:
Pliers: round-nose and chain-nose
Flush cutters (one side of the cutters are flush and make a straight cut, the other side makes a "V" cut)
Small jewelers file
Wire: I've used copper for my photos. I suggest you begin with copper; it's malleable which makes it easy to work with and it's inexpensive.

Place the chain-nose pliers about 1 1/2" from one end of the wire length. Use your finger to bend the wire at a 90 degree angle.

Place the round-nose pliers at the bend on the wire end that you just bent. The loop size will be determined by where on the pliers you place the wire; smallest at the tip and largest at the bottom. (TIP: I almost always place the wire at the very bottom; this helps to keep consistency in the loop size when I am making several loops for the same project.)


Use your finger to bend the wire around the pliers.

You will need to reposition the pliers and then continue to bend the wire around until you form a loop with a tail extending outward.

Now place the chain-nose pliers over the loop
(this will help you to hold it without it slipping).

Use your fingers to wrap the tail tightly
around the wire directly below the loop 3-4 times.

Use the flush cutters to trim the wire; be sure to
place the straight cutting side against the wrappings.

 Use the chain-nose pliers to tuck the wire down tightly.
If necessary, file the cut edge smooth.

Your piece should look like this.

This necklace is a good example of how the wrapped loop was used to make several beaded links to fashion a handcrafted chain.

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  1. Different way than I was taught, but easier and much nicer. Thanks for you help!

  2. Hats off to the beautiful jewelry

  3. I love this! Thank you for your tips! Can you comment on what gauge of wire you used?


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