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Saturday, November 17, 2007

A Tutorial on how to wire wrap a loop

I was given the opportunity to post on our team blog a tutorial about wire-wrapping a loop. I thought I would make this a series of tutorials for those beaders who needed some lessons on wire-wrapping. I decided that my first in this series would be on how to wire-wrap a loop. I have taken pictures for each example in these easy to follow steps.
Step 1. Cut a piece of wire 4" long. Bend your wire at a 90 degree angle at 1 1/4".
Step 2. Using your round nose pliers, position your pliers at the bend and turn your wrist to form a loop.
Step 3. This step requires using both hands and 2 pair of pliers. Using your duck bill pliers, position your pliers over the loop you just made. With your needle nose pliers, grip the tail end of your wire, making sure your loop is round and your wire is at a 90 angle. Now start wrapping your wire at least 3 wraps, making sure each wrap is tight against the last wrap and that you maintain your wire at a 90 angle to keep your wire straight and even.
Step 4. Add your beads and leave about 1/4 of wire. Your space needs to be long enough to make 3 wraps between the beads and the loop, but more more than. Bend your wire 90 degrees and wrap the wire the same way as you did in step 3.
Step 5. Cut your wire tails as close as possible to the wraps and using your needle nose pliers smooth your wire ends against the wraps.

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