There are plenty of jewelry-making techniques out there to learn, but basic wire wrapping is a skill that every jewelry maker should understand. I’ve posted a few tutorials in the past that utilize the simple loop technique for beading projects. In some of those tutorials I explained how to make a simple loop but didn’t really go to in depth with the instructions. So I’ve decided to post a more detailed tutorial on how to make a simple loop for jewelry making and beading.
In Part 1 of this tutorial, you will learn how to make a bead dangle using head pins.
Materials needed to make a bead dangle:
Any size beads
Round nose pliers
Chain nose pliers
Sharpie or felt-tip pen
How To Make a Simple Loop:
- Thread a bead onto a headpin.
- Using your chain nose pliers, make a 90-degree bend of the wire.
- Trim the wire to 1/4 inch.
- On your round nose pliers, measure to 1/4 inch from the tip of the pliers and mark that spot with a felt-tip pen. Place the wire in between the pliers at the 1/4 inch mark. Make sure that the wire is sitting flush in between the pliers and not poking up at the top. Check this by running your finger down the pliers. If you feel the tip of the wire sticking up then pull it down a little bit.
- With your free hand, grab hold of the bead. Begin making your loop by rolling the pliers away from. This will wrap the wire around one side of your pliers.
- When you’ve wrapped the wire around, remove the pliers. The loop will be about halfway formed. Place the other jaw of the pliers back into the loop and roll the pliers until the loop is completely formed and closed.
In Part 2 of this tutorial, you’ll learn how to make beaded links using this same simple loop technique.