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Wire Wrapped Loops

Wire wrapped loops give more security to your work as well as a more professional finish. Let’s start with a wire wrapped dangle.

WIRE WRAPPED DANGLES

You will need:

~ 10 – 20 headpins

~ 10 – 20 beads (at least 6mm in size…just to make it easy)

~ round nose pliers

~ chain nose pliers

~ flush cutters

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Place one or two beads onto a headpin.

Place the jaws of the round nose pliers around the headpin, just above the top bead.

Holding the pliers in place, use the forefinger of your non-dominant hand to bend the wire towards you 90 degrees.

Move the pliers so that they are now gripping the horizontal wire (the one that you have just bent towards you).

Again using the fingers of your non-dominant hand, bend the wire up and over the top of the round nose pliers 180 degrees.  The wire tail should now be pointing away from you.

The aim is to make a full loop with the wire, but the bottom jaw of your round nose pliers will be in the way!  Loosen the grip on the pliers a little and rolling your hand forward,move the bottom jaw of the pliers out of the way, so that the bottom jaw now becomes the top jaw.

Continue bending the wire around the bottom jaw of the pliers with  your non-dominant hand.

When the loop has formed a full circle and the wire is again facing your body, you have completed the head of the loop.

Move the pliers, still holding the loop, into your non-dominant hand, and hold them like a rocket ship.

The wire tail should be facing away from you.

Taking your chain nose pliers, grab the end of the wire tail.

Pull the wire down and around to the front, until it is pointing towards you.

Reposition your hand so that it is comfortable to make another turn.   .

Now move the wire from the front, over the top, until it is again pointing away from you.

Again reposition your pliers, then move the wire from the back to the front again.  Each time forming a wrap around the piece of wire that is sitting just above your bead.  The wraps should start at the top and go downwards towards the top of the bead.

If you dont keep repositioning the pliers at each turn,  the wire will coil around the plier nose and you may not have enough wire tail to finish your wrap.

Continue wrapping the wire down the neck until you reach the beads.

Using your Flush Cutters, carefully cut off the end of the tail as closely as possible to the bead.  Remember to hold your flush cutters so that the smooth edge is pointing towards the cut you want (and the V edge is facing away).

If you like you can tuck in the tail using your chain nose pliers…….

….. OR if you have crimping pliers handy you can squeeze around the wrap using the full oval groove in the crimping pliers.  This will tighten any bits of wire that might be sticking out perfectly.

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Now that you can make a wire wrapped dangle, have a go at making the Sea Foam Bracelet found in Free Lessons.  This will give you plenty of practice and you will be wrapping like a pro in no time  🙂

 

Download and print a shortened version of this lesson “Wire Wrapped Loops”  in Free Lessons to keep next to you while you work, as a handy reference.

 

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