Thursday, November 19, 2009

How to Make a Wrapped Loop

This wire technique requires patience and practice to get the perfect loop. The wrapped loop is a bit more difficult than the simple loop but it is much more secure.

You will need:
1. Flush cutter
2. Round nose pliers
3. chain nose pliers
4. bead
5. headpin

Place the desired number of beads on a headpin.
Grasp the headpin just above the bead with a round nose pliers.
Using your fingers bend the wire to a 90 degree angle.
Move the round nose pliers to grasp the the wire just above the bend.
Using your fingers wrap the wire 1/2 way around the top jaw of the round nose pliers.

Move the round nose pliers so that the bottom jaw is inside the partially formed loop.

Using your fingers wrap the wire the rest of the way around the pliers to make a complete circle.

Grasp the loop from the side with the chain nose pliers.

Use your fingers to tightly wrap the excess wire around the stem below the loop.

Two wraps will do.

Trim the excess wire.

Adjust the loop as necessary to make the circle look like a lollipop on a stick.

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