Wire Wrapped or Wrapped Loops are best used when you need a more secure connection between jewelry Components.
Wrapped Loops are commonly used to make beaded chains, clasps and secure connectors.
Once completed, they are closed for good and can only be used with an open connection such as a simple loop.
When making a continuous work such as a chain, you will need to remember to connect the loop to the next component before you wrap it closed.
While the techniques for making wrapped loops is quite different from Simple Loops, the tools and materials are very similar.
If you missed the Simple Loops Tutorial, you may want to give a read before starting this lesson for pertinent information on wire gauges and which to choose for your projects.
The Key Concepts of Gauge and Temper we discussed previously are equally important when making Wrapped Loops.
You will also do a considerable amount of measuring when making wrapped loops so make sure you have a ruler handy.
You can use either Round Nose or Multi-step Looping Pliers to make your initial loops but you will need to add at least one pair of Chain Nose pliers to the list of tools for use while wrapping.
I like to use an additional pair of either Chain Nose or Flat Nose Pliers as well.
It gets a little trickier choosing your Wire for Wrapped Loops.
While it is true you can make them from any gauge wire, it can get very difficult making the wraps with thicker gauges of wire.
As with simple loops, task and materials will dictate the Gauge of wire you choose for your projects.
- If using Round Nose Pliers remember to mark them for the size loop desired and place the wire on your mark each time you start a loop.
- Measure accurately for the best results.
- Make your rotations in a smooth and full fashion.
- Remember to center your loop over the shank of the wire before wrapping.
- Make sure to note the number of wraps and stay consistent per project.
- Keep your wraps tight and do not let them overlap each other.
- Wrap the first round as close the to overlap as possible.
- When making beaded links with wrapped loops, remember to connect the last closed loop before wrapping the new one.
- Remember to cut the waste wire so that the flush end is facing the wire work.
- Tuck and round off the sharp point of wire on your project.
Work along with the Video and learn to perfect your Wrapped Loop skills.
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