Basic Loop Necklace

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 necklace.

This beautiful basic loop necklace was made with Jade, Turquoise, Lapis and Dark Lapis Swarovski Elements Crystal Pearl beads and a silver plated pewter toggle clasp. If you prefer to use different colors when you make this necklace, 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 necklace was made with a colorful mix of Swarovski Elements beads, but you can personalize the necklace 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 necklace, 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 an 8mm dark lapis 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

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 13

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

Step 14

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 and the loop of the completed link.

Step 15

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 16

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 17

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

Step 18

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

Step 19

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 20

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

Step 21

Slide an 8mm lapis crystal pearl onto the wire.

Step 22

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

Step 23

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 24

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

Step 25

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 26

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 27

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

Step 28

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 29

Slide the open loop of the lapis link through the unoccupied loop of the dark lapis link.

Step 30

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 31

From here, you'll continue on with the color pattern using the steps you just learned. Repeat steps 16-20. Slide an 8mm turquoise crystal pearl onto the wire.

Step 32

Repeat steps 22-27, finishing a turquoise 8mm pearl link.

Step 33

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 34

Slide the open loop of the turquoise link through the unoccupied loop of the lapis link.

Step 35

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 36

Repeat steps 16-20. Slide an 8mm jade crystal pearl onto the wire.

Step 37

Repeat steps 22-27, finishing a jade link.

Step 38

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 39

Slide the open loop of the jade link through the unoccupied loop of the turquoise link.

Step 40

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 41

Repeat steps 16-20. Slide an 8mm turquoise crystal pearl onto the wire.

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