postheadericon How to Create Jewelry Through Wire Wrapping

The techniques that you will learn here teach you to wrap a wire loop. The loop itself serves no purpose until it is connected with other wire loops in order to create necklaces and bracelets. This will take approximately ten minutes or less.

How to Create Jewelry Through Wire Wrapping

1 Using wire cutters, cut approximately 6” piece of wire to work with. Be sure the wire you cut is mostly straight before you move on to the next step. If it isn’t you can straighten it by running it between your fingers. Try using a piece of soft leather to protect your skin.

How to Create Jewelry Through Wire Wrapping

2 Make a 90 degree bend about 2.5” from the end of the wire. Use the round nose pliers to secure the wire while bending one end of the wire over the pliers. (Make this bend as sharp as you can).

How to Create Jewelry Through Wire Wrapping

3 Place the bent wire halfway down the round nose pliers, about half an inch from the tip of the pliers themselves. The back of the wire should be flush with the pliers.

How to Create Jewelry Through Wire Wrapping

4 Hold the round nose pliers in your dominant hand, with the bend of the wire you created pointing towards you from between the pliers. The tail will be hanging down.

How to Create Jewelry Through Wire Wrapping

5 Bend the end of the short wire back, around the top of the round nose pliers, using the thumb of your non-dominant hand. Bend the wire most of the way around the pliers, but not completely. It should not touch the other end of the wire.

How to Create Jewelry Through Wire Wrapping

6 Remove the round nose pliers from the wire. You now should see a loop, resembling a half circle with two straightened ends.

How to Create Jewelry Through Wire Wrapping

7 Reinsert the round nose pliers back into the loop so that bottom tip of the pliers is within the loop, instead of the top. Be sure the wire loop you have created is tight against the pliers.

How to Create Jewelry Through Wire Wrapping

8 Push the top of wire over the round nose pliers to meet the portion of the wire underneath the pliers and ends at a 90 degree angle to the long tail. This step allows you to complete the loop. Remove the pliers; you should now have a full circle made of wire.

How to Create Jewelry Through Wire Wrapping

9 Grip the loop with the bent nose pliers holding it sideways, rather than within the loop. Hold as softly as possible while still keeping a grip on your wire to prevent plier marks. Using your finger, wrap the end of the wire around the stem of your loop. This will create the first loop around the stem of the wire; keep it tight against the loop.

How to Create Jewelry Through Wire Wrapping

10 Continue to hold the bent nose pliers in your hand while wrapping the end of the wire around the stem for two more turns using your hand. You should now have a completed loop, with three circles around the stem, created from the end of the wire.

How to Create Jewelry Through Wire Wrapping

11 Now that you have completed your wire wrap, cut the excess wire using the wire cutters. Use caution here: Place your finger over the excess wire while cutting to prevent it from flying away. You may want to use your needle nose pliers to tighten the last tiny bit of wire so you do not have a sharp edge.

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