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Wire Wrapped Loop Step by Step
Wrapped loops are more secure than simple wire loops and can be used to attach clasps, add charm dangles and make bead connectors. They are useful when working with beads where the hole is only large enough to fit thinner wire such as 22 - 26 gauge. Thinner wire is not strong enough to stay closed with a simple loop, and the wrapped loop solves that problem. Refer to this article to learn more about the different types of wire used in jewelry making.Continue to 2 of 14 below.
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WIre Wrapped Loop Materials
Wrapped loops can be difficult to make with wire thicker than 20g. For this project, I am using 22g soft sterling silver wire. You will need the following basic wire wrap tools: round nose pliers, chain nose pliers, a second pair of chain nose pliers or flat or bent nose pliers and flush cutters.
Start with a piece of wire that has enough room for the bead you are going to wrap plus about 1/2 inch for each wrapped loop. Make a 90 degree bend in the wire with your round nose plier about 1/2 inch from the end of the wire.Continue to 3 of 14 below.
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Make a Wire Loop
Gently push the short tail of the wire around the round nose plier with your finger until it is wrapped as far as it can go.Continue to 4 of 14 below.
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Finish the Loop
Remove the wire from the top jaw of the round nose plier, slide it on the bottom jaw and finish wrapping the wire until you have made a complete circle from where the wire started.Continue to 5 of 14 below.
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Remove the Loop from the Pliers
When you remove your loop from the pliers, it will look like the picture. You can make some minor adjustments to make sure the loop is round and the tail is at a roughly 90 degree angle to the main wire.Continue to 6 of 14 below.
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Grasp the top of the Loop and Tail with Pliers
Grasp the top of the loop between the jaws of the pliers being careful not to squeeze too hard and leave marks on the loop. With another chain nose plier or your fingers, grasp the tail wire and wrap it around the main wire stem. Do your best to keep the wrap close to the base of the loop and to wrap the wire in a tight coil.Continue to 7 of 14 below.
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Wrap the Tail Wire Until Secure
To be secure, you need to wrap at least one complete turn around the wire. Usually 1 1/2 times around is better - but the exact number varies by the look I am trying to achieve.
Trim the tail close to the coil and use your pliers to tuck the wire end in next to the coil.Continue to 8 of 14 below.
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Add a Bead and Another Wrapped Loop
To make a beaded link, you will add a bead and another wrapped loop. Repeat the steps to start the second wrapped loop. Make a 90 degree bend in the wire above the bead. Leave enough space to make a coil wrap the same size as you made on the other side of the bead.Continue to 9 of 14 below.
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Make a Loop
Wrap the wire completely around the round nose pliers to make a loop. The tail is crossing over the main wire.Continue to 10 of 14 below.
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Attach the Next Component Before Finishing the Loop
If you are connecting to another closed loop to make a chain or a dangle like in the picture, make sure you remember to connect the components.Continue to 11 of 14 below.
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Grasp the Wire Loop and Wrap the Tail
Grasp the loop with your pliers and wrap the wire tail underneath the loop, coiling towards the top of the bead. Keep the wire coils close together and consistent in size with the first coil you made.Continue to 12 of 14 below.
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Trim the Wire Tail Close to the Bead
Trim the wire tail close to the coil and top of the bead. Leave a little bit of extra space to tuck the wire end in so it cannot scratch or get caught on clothing.Continue to 13 of 14 below.
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Adjust and Straighten the Loops and Wraps
To finish, adjust the loops so they sit straight on the wire and they are as round as possible. When you are first learning to make wire wrapped loops, you may want to wait to trim the tail pieces of wire until you are sure that both coils will match in size.
Wire wrapped loops can be difficult to make round and even, but it gets easier with practice.Continue to 14 of 14 below.
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Wrapped Loops Project
Wrapped loops are used in the hand chain bracelet project to make the turquoise chain links that connect the charm and chain ring.