Wire Wrapping Techniques

How to Wire Wrap Jewelry!

There are many wire wrapping techniques I will show you, for example how to make a wrapped wire loop above a bead.

Once you have mastered making simple wire loops then creating wire wraps add character to your bead jewelry projects. They are relatively simple to make and with practice you will gain confidence and add this new technique to your can do.

This technique can be used when making a pendant, earrings, necklace, wire wrap stones and other bead jewelry designs. So let's begin your wire wrapping techniques.

Jewelry Making Supplies
  • 3” 7.6 Eye Pin or Head Pin
  • Bead – 0.8” (2.0320cm) or up to 1” (2.54cm)
  • 2 Bead Caps
  • Fine Point Marking Pen
Wire Wrapping Technique
Jewelry Making Pliers
Jewelry Making Tools


To begin, use your small round nose pliers to wrap the wire around the largest part of the jaw. This allows for a chain, cord or ribbon to be threaded through the opening and the pendant has room to move.

If you are using pliers with a larger jaw than mark your round nosed pliers at the point where your want to wrap (usually between 4 mm (5/32”) and 5 mm (3/16”) approximate). This will allow your loops to be consistent. I have used the larger diameter of the jaws for this project.

Round Nosed Pliers

If the jaw isn’t large enough for the ring required then be creative and find something the exact size required. Over the years I have been a keen knitter so these needles make a perfect tool.

Jewelry Making Instructions:- Wire Wrapping Techniques

Start by selecting the bead and jewelry findings for your project.

Step 1.

To begin your wrapped loop thread 1 bead cap, then your chosen bead, then the second bead cap onto the eye pin or head pin.

Wire Wrapping Technique
Wire Wrapping Technique

Step 2. Use your chain nose pliers tip to grip the eye pin directly above the bead and then with your free hand, bend the vertical wire at a right angle over your pliers.

The stem below the bend and the bead will be wrapped once you have formed the loop.

Step 3.

Using the thickets end of the round nosed pliers, grasp the horizontal portion of the wire at the bend, using your chain nosed pliers or fingers start forming a loop bending it in the opposite direction of the right angle.

This will create a loop that is centered on the wire stem. So it has done a complete circle. At this point just check that the loop is large enough for its purpose.

Wire Wrapping Technique
Wire Wrapping Technique

Step 4. Once your loop is formed the wire needs to be wrapped around the stem between the bead and the loop. Hold the loop with your chain nosed pliers then with your round nosed pliers take the end and wrap it 180 degrees around the stem forming a half circle. Let go of the wire with your round nosed pliers and grab it again on the other side.

Always wrap in half circles as this will keep it neat and uniform. Always working away from you in case the pliers slip.

Continue this step until you have three wraps.


Try to keep these wraps snug to each other as this will give your project a more professional finish.

Tip

Keep some tension on the wrapping wire as it goes around the stem...
this will give you more control and your loops will be neat and even.

When we first start making loops they look wicked, but as we learn how to control the tension and develop a smooth flow they become easier, look terrific and will love adding your wire wrapping techniques to your bead jewelry designs.

As you become more proficient you will develop your own technique. To create a tight wrap around the stem of the wire some people find it helpful to use needle nosed pliers so you can pull tight as you wrap.

As you can see in the photo below the kink in the end of the wire is where I have used the pliers to tension the wire.

Wire Wrapping Technique
Wire Wrapping Technique


Step 5. Trim the excess wire as close as possible to the bead, using flush wire cutters. Then use needle nosed pliers to tuck it in firmly so the end is flush and check to make sure there are no sharp edges to catch clothing or scratch your skin. Place your fingers over the excess while cutting to prevent it from flying away. To be safe always wear eye protection to prevent any damage to your eyes.

Wire Wrapping Technique
Wire Wrapping Technique


Your pendant is now complete and ready for the chain or beading thread. There are many beautiful ribbons, silk threads, suede and leather cords available to complement your beading.

You can now apply this technique to your jewelry making patterns and enjoy creating your designs.

If you have used an eye pin then take it one step further and add a bead or charm to the eye pin. This technique is one of the basic beading techniques.

You have now created one of the many wire wrapping techniques. Congratulations!


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