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How to Make a Wire-Wrapped Loop

A simple embellishment you can add to your head pins and wire, is making a wire wrap loop. A wrapped loop adds a decorative and elegant look to your jewelry piece. Here, we’ll explain how to make a wrapped loop, how to connect two wrapped loops together and show you previous projects using wrapped loops.

While we covered the basic of a simple loop in a previous blog post, you can take that knowledge of simple loops and amp it up a notch with wire-wrapped loops. Like, our previous advice; practice, practice, practice.

First, let’s talk about wire gauge. While we recommend your head pins, eyepins or wire to be a 21 – 24 gauge, you can surely use other thickness. Do keep in mind that when wire wrapping a thick gauge, like 20 or lower; it will be more difficult to create a tighter coil. While a thinner gauge above 26 will be more delicate. But when it comes down to beading and jewelry, it’s personal preference.

 

Wire Wrap Loop Tutorial

Tools you will need:

  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Flat Nose Pliers
  • Serrated Pliers
  • Side Cutter

Linking Wire Wrapped Loops

Unlike simple loops, with wire wrap loops you are unable to open the loops up and link them. You will need to add the two parts in the middle of the wrapping process, while using Artistic Wire to make a double wrapped, loop links.

There are many variations of how to form a wrapped loop. Many jewelry-makers create coils while holding the wire end with their fingers. Or others wire wrap an irregular coil. Whichever the look you are achieving, one way to make a wrapped loop.

 

Sample Jewelry with Wire-Wrapped Loops

Here, we will explore inspirational jewelry from past trends and blog postings that have used wrapped loops.

GoodyBeads.com | Blog: How to make a wire-wrapped loop - Here we made fancy holiday ornaments and made wire-wrapped loops to finesse the overall look.
Designed by So Vang

Wire and Beaded Ornament Trend (Oct 2016)
Here we made fancy holiday ornaments and made wire-wrapped loops to finesse the overall look.

GoodyBeads.com | Blog: How to make a wire-wrapped loop - We used wire and made double wrapped loops on both sides of these delicious watermelon!
Designed by Tory Vezina

Tutti Frutti Trend (May 2016)
We used wire and made double wrapped loops on both sides of these delicious watermelon!

GoodyBeads.com | Blog: How to make a wire-wrapped loop - Linked wire-wrapped loops to make this pearl waterfall necklace
Designed by So Vang

June Birthstone Trend (June 2016)
We linked up wire-wrapped loops to make this waterfall-inspired pearl necklace.

GoodyBeads.com | Blog: How to make a wire-wrapped loop - wrapped wire loops romanticizes this necklace.
Designed by Tory Vezina

Beaded Tassel Jewelry Trend (June 2016)
Even these beaded tassel incorporates a wrapped wire loop to romanticize this necklace.

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