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The Simple Loop
Mastering the basic loop is an essential skill for making earrings and linked jewelry. You will have the best results using wire that is no thinner than 22 gauge or thicker than 18 gauge.


  • Wire Cutter
  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Chain Nose Pliers

Step One

Stack your beads onto a headpin or eyepin, as desired.

Step Two

Bend the wire to a 90 degree angle directly over the top of the bead.

Step Three

3) Trim the wire to about 3/8".
(Length will vary depending on the loop size desired.)

Step Four

Grasp the end of the wire with the round nose plier and turn the wire up creating a loop over the top bead. If your hand position becomes awkward stop and reposition for comfort.

Step Five

Don't worry, Perfection comes with practice! See Troubleshooting to see how to correct some of the most common problems.

Teardrop shaped loop

This occurs when the wire is not turned from the end. Be sure to grasp the tip of the wire to ensure you do not have a flat spot in your loop.

P shaped loops

This can occur when you bend the wire down instead of up, or if you forgot to make the right angle bend prior to making the loop. The right angle bend is important to set up the centering, as it forces the loop to end directly over the bead.

Loops are not centered

This will happen when there is too much wire for the size of the loop. If you like smaller loops cut your wire a little shorter. You can fix this by trimming off a little bit and re-centering the loop.

Over wound loops

This doubled loop looks like a split ring and is caused by too much wire that is continued to turn once the loop is made causing it to wind back onto itself. This can be avoided by making larger loops or cutting the wire shorter.

Egg shaped loops

These can occur if the plier is repositioned in a different place on the jaw of the pliers. We suggest marking the tool with a fine sharpie marker while you learn for consistency.

Loops sizes are inconsistent

This happens when you are learning, as you will vary the point on the jaw of the round pliers when making loops. To be consistent mark the plier with a sharpie marker and use the line as your guide.

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