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A wire-wrapped loop is one of the most secure ways to connect beads and findings. Learn this basic wireworking technique, and you’ll be making jewelry like a pro.
Bead(s) with a center drilled hole
Chain Nose Pliers
Round Nose Pliers
String a bead or beads on the head pin. Remember to have at least an inch of wire above the last bead.
Using the tips of your chain nose pliers, grab the wire directly above the beads.
With your finger, push the wire to a 90° angle.
Using your round nose pliers, grasp the wire right at the bend.
Pull the wire around the round nose pliers until it is almost pointing directly down.
Reposition your pliers by opening your round nose pliers (but do not pull the pliers out of the loop) and pivot your pliers so the bottom tip is on the top.
Continue pulling the wire around the nose of the pliers until the loop is completely round.
To then wrap the loop, grip the loop with the chain nose pliers and grip the wire with your fingers.
Wrap the wire around the head pin. Continue wrapping the wire down to the bead.
Using the wire cutters, cut off the extra wire as close as you can to the beads.
Tuck the remaining tip of wire with your chain nose pliers so there are no sharp pieces of wire sticking out that can snag on clothing.