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Simple Loop Tutorial – Part 2

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In Part 1 of this tutorial, you learned how to make a simple loop using a head pin. Now, I’m going to show you how to make a beaded link using the same simple loop technique. My first thought was to cram part 1 and 2 all into one blog post, but then I came to my senses and decided breaking this tutorial into two separate posts would be the logical and easier way to go.

Please note: In this part of the tutorial, I am using a 6 mm bead. The length of wire cut is the length that will accommodate a 6 mm bead. When making bead links with larger or smaller beads, you will have to experiment with different lengths of wire to determine what length is best for the size of bead you are using.

Materials needed to make a bead link:

6 mm beads
20-gauge craft wire
Wire cutters
Round nose pliers
Chain nose pliers
Ruler

How to Make a Bead Link:

1. Cut a 1-1/4-inch piece of 20-gauge wire and hold the wire between the jaws of your round nose pliers.

2. With your other hand, push the wire to wrap it around the jaw.

3. This will form a small loop at one end of your wire that is sort of bent to one side.

4. To straighten the loop, place the bottom jaw of the pliers into the loop.

5. Make a slight bend of the wire to the right.

6. You will end up with a loop at the top of your wire. It should loop like a little lollipop.

7. Thread a 6 mm bead onto the wire.

8. Make a 90-degree bend of the wire.

9. Trim the wire to 5/16-inch. Place the wire just a hair past the 1/4-inch mark that you made on your round nose pliers. Make a simple loop in the same manner as Part 1 of this tutorial.

10. You will be left with a beaded link. If your loops are open on either end, just take your chain nose pliers to gently squeeze them closed.

I recommend buying inexpensive craft wire and head pins to practice making your loops. You’ll find that once you get this skill down, you will be coming up with all kinds of jewelry and beading projects that incorporate beaded links.

Later on this week, I’ll be posting a new jewelry project so you can put your new skills to use.

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Simple Loop Tutorial – Part 1

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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
Head pins
Wire cutters
Round nose pliers
Chain nose pliers
Ruler
Sharpie or felt-tip pen

How To Make a Simple Loop:

 

  1. Thread a bead onto a headpin.
  2. Using your chain nose pliers, make a 90-degree bend of the wire.
  3.  Trim the wire to 1/4 inch.
  4.  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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

Project 4: Beaded Charm Bracelet

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originally posted June 15, 2009

Beaded charm bracelets are quick and easy to make. In this week’s project, I made my bracelet using black onyx beads, sterling silver beads, and sterling silver wire. Bead dangles are used as the charms in my example, but you can use anything – charms, beads, crystals, etc. This is a great project for reworking old jewelry, thrift store finds, or broken bracelets & necklaces you have stashed away in your jewelry box. You’ll need basic jewelry making skills to complete this project, specifically you’ll need to know how to make bead links using wrapped loops. As I said, I used sterling silver wire for this project, but you can also use artistic wire to make these bracelets. The artistic wire comes in a variety of colors, which allows you to be really creative with your designs.

Here are the supplies you’ll need to complete this bracelet:

Please note: The supply list and instructions are for a bracelet that has a finished size of 7-1/2 inches. Before adding the clasp, the size is about 6-1/2 inches. You may need to add more bead links or use less than I did depending on what size bracelet you normally wear.

• 20 or 22-gauge wire
• 6 and 8 mm beads
• 2-inch head pins
• 5.5 mm jump rings
• S-hook clasp or hook & eye clasp

Tools
• Round nose pliers
• Chain nose pliers
• Wire cutters

Instructions:

1. Make five 8-mm bead links and four 6-mm bead links using the wrapped loop method.

2. Make eight 6-mm bead dangles using the wrapped loop method on 2-inch long head pins.

3. Attach the links together with jump rings in the following manner: 8-mm bead link, bead dangle, 6-mm bead link. Close the jump ring. Continue attaching the bead links in this same pattern until all bead links have been connected to form your bracelet.

4. Add a jump ring to both ends of the bracelet and attach your clasp.

5. Add a bead dangle to your clasp. Do the steps you normally do to make a wrapped loop but don’t make your wraps. Open the loop a little bit, slip the clasp into the loop, then begin making your wraps to complete the dangle.

As you can see with the example below, I used a variety of bead sizes and I also have some bead links using the wrapped loop method and some links with just simple loops. Rather than attaching the links together with jump rings, I linked them directly together. Either way works well, it just depends on what your preference is.

Happy Crafting!