Creating a Simple Loop (For Beaded Earrings or Pendants)
Creating a Simple Loop on Beaded Earrings
Loops are crucial in beaded jewellery making as they are needed for the attachment of beads to findings. A wrapped loop gives a more secure finish to a bead attachment.
This is a basic wirework technique but is extremely useful. It will enable you to make earrings, turn beads into charms or pendants, and join components together.
Thread your chosen bead onto a headpin or eye pin. Bend the wire to the side, creating a 45-degree angle.
Grip the wire with round nose pliers, and bend the wire up and over the top jaw of the pliers.
When you can wrap the wire around no more, remove the pliers from the loop and reinsert the lower jaw of the pliers. Continue bending the wire round to complete the loop.
Trim off any excess wire with nippers.
With chain nose pliers pull the loop back a little so that it sits centrally on top of the headpin. You can open and close the loop you have just made by gripping one half of the loop with chain nose pliers and twisting them slightly towards you. Reverse this action to close the loop again.
TIP: The further up the round nose pliers that you make the loop, the larger the loop will be. If you want to create a very small loop, use the very tip of your tool to bend the wire around.