Basic Loop Bracelet

Don't get intimidated by working with wire- the basic loop technique is the perfect place to take your first steps towards becoming a wireworking master! In this technique, you will use wire to create looped links with each bead. These links can be connected together easily into a long, flexible chain. A toggle clasp provides the finishing touch to this eye-catching bracelet.

This glowing basic loop bracelet was made with Mauve and Burgundy Swarovski Elements Crystal Pearl beads and a silver plated pewter toggle clasp. If you prefer to use different colors when you make this bracelet, feel free to customize the pattern as desired and truly make it your own! Our beginning beading designs are meant to be a springboard for your creativity, so let your imagination go wild!
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Round Nose Pliers

Round nose pliers have smooth, tapered, conical jaws that are used to create loops with wire. The conical nose enables you to shape the wire around it to create perfect circles.

Chain Nose Pliers

Chain nose pliers have smooth, tapered, flat jaws for gripping, bending and manipulating wire. The tapered nose is ideal for reaching small spaces and maneuvering wire with precision.

Wire Cutters

Wire cutters have sharp blades that will cut wire with a close, flush cut. The flat side of the cutters should be closest to where you want to cut. Using the tips of the cutters will help you make a more precise cut.

Beads

This bracelet was made with a colorful mix of Swarovski Elements beads, but you can personalize the bracelet with different colors, shapes or materials of your choosing! When choosing alternate beads, be sure to check that the hole is drilled straight through the center of the bead. Beads with off-center holes will not sit uniformly on the wire.

Wire

Whether you are linking beads with wrapped loops or making your own bails and headpins, wire is a jewelry-making basic. Gauge is the most common measurement of wire thickness used in the U.S. The smaller the gauge, the thicker the wire. Wire can be made from an array of precious metals and base metals and comes in a a wide variety of gauges.

Jump Rings

Jump rings are small rings of wire used to attach wire elements or charms to other elements. They can also be used as a catch for clasps such as lobster claw and S clasps. Open jump rings can be opened and re-closed with pliers.

Toggle Clasp

Toggle clasps are an easy-to-fasten, secure way to finish a necklace or bracelet. Attach the toggle bar to one end of your jewelry and the toggle ring to the other. To fasten, simply pivot the bar so that it can slip inside the ring, then pivot the bar again to secure it. The bar is longer than the diameter of the ring to keep the clasp secured.

Step 1

To begin your bracelet, cut a 1 1/2 inch piece of wire. Using chain nose pliers, make a 90° bend 3/8 inch from the end of the wire.

Step 2

You will use round nose pliers to make the loops. When you use round nose pliers, work close to the tips of the pliers to create a small loop. Work close to the handles of the pliers to create a large loop. The diagram gives you an idea of the size of the loop depending on where it is formed on the plier jaws.

Step 3

Grasp the end of the wire with round nose pliers so the wire is flush with the plier jaws.

Step 4

Turn the pliers, pulling the wire around and beginning to form a loop.

Step 5

Open the pliers, pivot the upper jaw away from the end of the wire without removing it from the from the loop. Close the plier jaws.

Step 6

Turn the pliers until the loop is completely formed and the end of the wire touches the wire above the bead.

Step 7

Slide a 6mm mauve crystal pearl onto the wire.

Step 8

Use wire cutters to cut the wire 3/8 inch above the bead.

Step 9

Using chain nose pliers, grasp the wire directly above the bead. Bend to a 90° angle. If using fine gauge wire, you can push the wire over the top of your bead with your finger instead of using the pliers.

Step 10

Grasp the end of the wire with round nose pliers so the end of the wire is flush with the plier jaws. Grasp the wire at the same spot on the pliers as you used when you made the first loop to make the loop size consistent.

Step 11

Turn the pliers, pulling the wire around and beginning to form a loop. The top jaw of the pliers will be very close to the bead.

Step 12

Turn the pliers until the loop is completely formed and the end of the wire touches the wire above the bead.

Step 13

Using your fingers and a pair of chain nose pliers, hold the jump ring and open the jump ring by turning the pliers and pushing one side away from the other. Slide the jump ring through the attachment loop on the bar side of the toggle clasp.

Step 14

To close the jump ring, move the sides together in a back and forth wiggle motion. Slightly overlap the sides of the jump ring so there is tension when the two sides meet. Snap the two sides together to close the jump ring. The seam should be closed tightly. Your first link is now complete!

Step 15

Start the next link by cutting a 1 1/2 inch piece of wire. Using chain nose pliers, make a 90° bend 3/8 inch from the end of the wire.

Step 16

Grasp the end of the wire with round nose pliers so the wire is flush with the plier jaws.

Step 17

Turn the pliers, pulling the wire around and beginning to form a loop.

Step 18

Open the pliers, pivot the upper jaw away from the end of the wire without removing it from the from the loop. Close the plier jaws.

Step 19

Continue turning the pliers until the loop is completely formed and the end of the wire touches the wire above the bead.

Step 20

Slide an 8mm burgundy crystal pearl onto the wire.

Step 21

Use wire cutters to cut the wire 3/8 inch above the bead.

Step 22

Using chain nose pliers, grasp the wire directly above the bead. Bend to a 90° angle. If using fine gauge wire, you can push the wire over the top of your bead with your finger instead of using the pliers.

Step 23

Grasp the end of the wire with round nose pliers so the end of the wire is flush with the plier jaws. Grasp the wire at the same spot on the pliers as you used when you made the first loop to make the loop size consistent.

Step 24

Turn the pliers, pulling the wire around and beginning to form a loop. The top jaw of the pliers will be very close to the bead.

Step 25

Open the pliers, pivot the upper jaw away from the end of the wire without removing it from the from the loop. Close the plier jaws.

Step 26

Turn the pliers until the loop is completely formed and the end of the wire touches the wire above the bead.

Step 27

To attach this link to the previous link, grasp the open side of the loop with your chain nose pliers. Open the loop by bending this side towards you.

Step 28

Slide the open loop of the burgundy link through the unoccupied loop of the mauve link.

Step 29

To close the link, grasp the open side of the loop with your chain nose pliers and bend it away from you. Be sure to get the loop completely closed. Your second link is now complete!

Step 30

From here, you'll continue on with the color pattern using the steps you just learned. Repeat steps 15-26 to make a second 6mm mauve pearl link.

Step 31

To attach this link to the previous link, grasp the open side of the loop with your chain nose pliers. Open the loop by bending this side towards you.

Step 32

Slide the open loop on the mauve link into the unoccupied loop on the burgundy link.

Step 33

To close the link, grasp the open side of the loop with your chain nose pliers and bend it away from you. Be sure to get the loop completely closed.

Step 34

Continue an alternating pattern of burgundy 8mm links and mauve 6mm links until there are seven of each type of link in the bracelet. One link plus the toggle clasp loop add slightly more than 1/2 inch to the length. If that length will be too short, add more links following the alternating pattern of colors. The remaining half of the toggle clasp is attached to the last link in the chain in the same manner as shown in the following steps.

Step 35

You're almost finished! Using your fingers and a pair of chain nose pliers, hold the jump ring and open the jump ring by turning the pliers and pushing one side away from the other. Slide the jump ring through the through the unoccupied loop of the last burgundy link in the chain and the attachment ring on the loop half of the toggle clasp.

Step 36

To close the jump ring, move the sides together in a back and forth wiggle motion. Slightly overlap the sides of the jump ring so there is tension when the two sides meet. Snap the two sides together to close the jump ring. The seam should be closed tightly.

Step 37

Congratulations, you have completed a basic loop bracelet!

       

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