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Making a wrapped loop is one of my favorite wire working techniques, nerd that I am.

Read on to learn how to make one.

But first….

My Top Three Reasons for Loving the Wrapped Loop

  1. Security!My wrapped links will never come apart and my charms will never fall off.
  2. Hand Wroughtedness. Yes I know that’s not a word. But I still like the hand-wroughtedness of the wrapped loop.
  3. The Un Nameable Quality.¬†For some reason it just makes me feel good. I’m not sure why. Maybe because I don’t have to measure?

Okay, let’s move on.

Here’s how you make a wrapped loop

 

 

Tools:

  • Round Nosed Pliers
  • Chain Nosed Pliers
  • Flush Cutters
  • Crimping Pliers (optional)

Materials

  • Wire

 

 

I like to WOTW (work off the wire) if I can. Working off the wire means not cutting the wire first before using it.

Wrapped Loop Making, Step 1:

WOTW, grab the wire with your round nose pliers.

Tip: Mark your pliers with a permanent marker as a guide for wire placement. This will help you make uniform loops.

 

Step 2:

Using your fingers, wrap the wire around the jaw of your round-nosed pliers to make a loop.

**If you are attaching this loop to something that does not open and close (like a charm) this is the time to hook whatever it is onto the newly formed loop.

 

 

 

Step 3:

Hold the loop with your chain-nosed pliers and wind the wire around it at least three times.

Step 4:

Trim the end with your flush cutter and tuck it down with your chain nosed or crimping pliers. (I like the front part of my crimp pliers because they are already rounded).

Step 5:

Use your pliers as necessary to straighten the loop.

The finished wrapped loop

About the Author

Christine Gierer

I'm Christine Gierer and I'm obsessed with making jewelry and teaching others how to do it too. I've been a creative person all my life, and I've done all kinds of things like art, sociology, and counseling. But nothing makes me happier than playing with beads, wires, and tools and sharing my tips and tricks with you. I have two awesome websites where you can find tons of tutorials, courses, and workshops on how to make jewelry and how to sell it online.

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