To Wrap or Not to Wrap; Wire that is…


Lime soda earring inspiration

Do you wire wrap all your loops or not? That is seriously the most popular loopy question! I must confess, up until now I didn't think I needed to wire wrap my loops. Please don't judge . .  I have had many excuses (to much time, too bulky) . . . To be honest, I'm just not good at wrapping loops! Shhhhhh, don't tell. I've been getting away with regular, unwrapped loops for years, I think it's time to take my loops to the next level and tackle the monster under the bed (in this case, the wire spool in the studio).
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I've heard many positive comments on wrapping, wire that is, not hip-hop rap! It looks more finished, they're much more secure than unwrapped loops, practice makes perfect . . . So, I'm ready to take on the wrap. Inspired by Sara Richardson's fun and funky Lime Soda Earrings from my fave 5-Minute Jewelry feature in the latest Step by Step Wire Jewelry, here's my version featuring Sassy Silky paw print beads and Swarovski crystals and pearls for a more refined style.

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My first attempts
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  • Practice on inexpensive wire
  • Don't expect the first one to be perfect
  • As in all things beady, practice, practice, practice
  • Don't expect the first one to be perfect
  • Cut wires longer than the instruction calls for if you're just starting out
  • Don't expect the first one to be perfect

5 Simple Steps for Making a Wire-Wrapped Loop

Spacer 10x10 pixels 1: Use the tip of chain-nose pliers to grasp the wire right above the bead. Form a 90° bend in the wire.
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Spacer 10x10 pixels 2: Use round-nose pliers to grasp the wire at the bend. Pull the tail wire up and over the top of the pliers’ jaws.
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Spacer 10x10 pixels 3: Change the position of the pliers so the bottom jaw is in the loop.
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Spacer 10x10 pixels 5: Keep the tail wire horizontal as you coil it tightly down the neck wire.

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My final version
Spacer 10x10 pixels Viola! Here's my finished wrapped looped earring, puppy paws and all! What do you think? Do you have any wire wrapping tips you care to share with me? That was so quick and fun, I had trouble stopping! Whether you're a wrapper on not, if you love wire like I do, I think you'll enjoy the 5-Minute Jewelry feature in each issue of Step By Step Wire Jewelry

The best is yet to bead!

Creatively,

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