Making Jewelry Components with Wire


Beading wire is a highly versatile beading component. Aside from providing structural support for beads in jewelry, beading wire itself can be bent and twisted to form the main structure of earrings, rings, and bracelets. Beading wire can also be cut into short pieces and bent into findings such as jump rings, extenders, and loops.

Wire loops are most often used to add length to a piece of beaded jewelry. When joined together, these loops form a chain that can be attached to one end of a bracelet or necklace, making it adjustable in length. These loops can be easily made from short pieces of beading wire.

There are two types of wire loops commonly used today: a wrapped loop and a loop shaped like the letter P. Both loops are used in many different ways. Depending on the jewelry design, an P-shaped loop or wrapped loop can definitely add style to a piece of jewelry. To make a P-shaped loop, pliers can be used to bend a piece of wire and form a loop at its tip.

A wrapped loop is made in almost the same way as a P-shaped loop. After the loop at the tip of the piece of wire is made, part of the wire piece is wrapped around the lower part of the loop. This secures the loop and prevents it from coming undone. Many beading enthusiasts prefer to use wrapped loops because these are sturdier compared to P-shaped loops.

Beginners can start making their own wire loops by using the central part of a pair of round pliers. As their skills develop, they can start using the tip of the pliers to create smaller loops.

Wire links are made from a series of joined loops. These are often referred to as barbells because of their appearance. In many beading projects, a bead is placed between two loops to create a bracelet or necklace.

One common problem beading enthusiasts encounter when putting beads on loops is that the bead can crack when the loop is too tight around the bead. To prevent this from happening, avoid applying pressure to the bead. Instead, a loop can be created just above the bead's drill hole. This would create space between the loop and the drill hole.

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One Comment to Making Jewelry Components with Wire

  1. Gerrilyn
    January 19, 2012 7:07 am

    Heck yeah this is exalcty what I needed.

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