FREE Wrapped Loops Tutorial
Make stylish and professional jewellery by replacing loops and jump rings with secure wrapped loops. It looks professional and makes for a very secure finish. Whether you make for fun or to sell, it's worth learning this technique to improve the quality of the jewellery you design and make.
Round nose pliers
Snipe nose pliers
Nylon jaw pliers
Using 0.71mm or 0.8mm craft wire, make a right angle in the wire using the tip of your round nose pliers. You can do this using thin and soft head pins too.
Slide your round nose pliers into the angle about 6mm along the pliers and grip (for a larger loop, grip further down the pliers). Bend the wire over the top jaw of the pliers with your fingers, so that the wire is pointing downwards.
Change the grip of the plies so that the loop is positioned on the lower jaw and bend towards the back of the loop, so that the wire is at 90 degrees to the hook.
Attaching this link directly to another
At this point if you are attaching this directly to another link, carefully open the loop (see images below) and hook it onto the next link before gently gripping the connected loop with the tip of the round nose pliers and wrapping.
If you are not attaching directly to another link... Continuing from Step 3
Adjust the position of the loop (if you need to), so that it is central. Grip the loop with your nylon jaw pliers and wrap under the loop. Keeping the wraps neat and tight, so they sit next to each other.
Snip the end with your flush cutters.
Squash the end with your snipe nose pliers to avoid any sharp edges.
For a really neat wrap, keep the wire you are wrapping with at a 90 degree angle, then the first wrap you make will be very close underneath the loop. This makes for a neat finish.
To see this in action and try for yourself, join a jewellery class at Shiney Company in Bristol or Bath; or come along to one of our demonstration days and see the experts work with wire and a variety of tools.
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