Posted June 10, 2014 by Esslinger Staff
When making bead jewelry you may encounter a pattern that requires you to make a simple wire loop, or you may find that the bead you plan to use has the hole drilled in the wrong direction for your design. In these situations, knowing how to make your own wire loops will save you time and money. A wire loop is made of wire that is wrapped to form a closed loop for stinging beads or dangles.
Cut a piece of wire to be about 3 inches long and slide the bead you want to be surrounded by wire loops onto the wire.
Position the bead about a 1/4 or 1/2 inch from one end of the wire and fold the wire so that it rests in a 90 degree angle from its starting position. A flat-nosed pliers will make bending the wire much easier.
With a round-nose pliers, grab the end of the bent part of the wire, closest to the end. Where you grip the wire in the pliers will determine how wide the loop will be.
Gripping the wire firmly in the round-nose pliers, twist the pliers and roll the wire back toward itself in the opposite direction that you bent it in.
When you reach the base of the wire again with the end, you have created a wire loop. If you have excess wire, cut it close to the bend in the wire.
To add another wire loop to the other end of the bead, cut off the excess wire so that about a 1/4 to 1/2 inch remains.
Bend the wire into a 90 degree angle right where the bead ends so that the bead won’t slip and slide on the wire when you’re finished.
Repeat Steps 3 through 5 to finish the wire loop.
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