HOW TO FORM A SIMPLE LOOP

TUTORIAL


How to form a Simple Loop is one of the most important and basic things to learn to do in beading.
Take some time to practice as you will be making use of this technique very often in all your beading projects.

MATERIALS:

Eye Pin
Selection of beads.

TOOLS:

Eye Pins
Chain Nose Pliers
Side Cutters
Round Nose Pliers
Nylon Jaw Pliers


TIP:
You can convert a Headpin into an Eyepin by snipping off the head and replacing it with a loop.

STEP 1 - EYE PIN : TECHNIQUE 1

STEP 2 - EYE PIN : TECHNIQUE 1

STEP 3 - EYE PIN : TECHNIQUE 1

Thread a bead onto your eye pin
Use side cutters to cut the wire
Position your round nose pliers at the end of the tail
Thread a bead onto your eye pin, and make a 90 degree bend just above your bead using chain nose pliers or your fingers.

Use side cutters to cut the wire, leaving a tail that's about one third of an inch long.

Position your round nose pliers at the end of the tail, making sure the tail faces away from your body. Wrap the wire towards you to create a loop.

STEP 4 - EYE PIN : TECHNIQUE 1

STEP 5 - EYE PIN : TECHNIQUE 1

TIP:

When making a link like this you'll want both loops to face the same direction
To open and close the loop
If you do not start rolling from the very end of the pin, you can end up with a flat loop that will not look as good nor give the "movement" you want.
​Be sure to start rolling from the end of the pin.  This will give you a good round loop and sturdy connection.

When making a link like this you'll want both loops to face the same direction. To do this, grip each loop with a pair of chain nose pliers and just twist until your loops are where you want them.

To open and close the loop, you can use chain nose pliers and gently twist it open from side to side.

STEP 1 - HEAD PIN : TECHNIQUE 2

STEP 2 - HEAD PIN : TECHNIQUE 2

STEP 3 - HEAD PIN : TECHNIQUE 2

Thread a bead onto your head pin
Use side cutters to cut the wire
Face the tail of the wire towards your body

Thread a bead onto your head pin, and make a 90 degree bend just above your bead using chain nose pliers or your fingers.


Use side cutters to cut the wire, leaving a tail that's about one third of an inch long.


Face the tail of the wire towards your body, and place the round nose pliers at the end of the wire. Using your thumb nail as a support, wrap the wire away from you to create a loop.

STEP 4 - HEAD PIN : TECHNIQUE 2

To open and close the loop, you can use chain nose pliers

To open and close the loop, you can use chain nose pliers and gently twist it open from side to side.

CREATING A SIMPLE LOOP WITH WIRE


To create a simple loop this way, you'll need to cut a piece of wire approximately three times the length of your bead. If there are any kinks in the wire, you can easily straighten it with a pair of nylon jaw pliers.

STEP 3 - TECHNIQUE 3 & 4

STEP 1 - TECHNIQUE 3 & 4

STEP 2 - TECHNIQUE 3 & 4

There are 2 techniques being shown here
Use your round nose pliers to grip the end of the wire
Use your thumb to push the wire around the edges of the round nose pliers

There are 2 techniques being shown here. These are great techniques to use together when creating a link using wire.


Use your round nose pliers to grip the end of the wire.

Use your thumb to push the wire around the edges of the round nose pliers. This forms a shape that looks like a P.

STEP 4 - TECHNIQUE 3 & 4

STEP 5 - TECHNIQUE 3 & 4

STEP 6 - TECHNIQUE 3 & 4

Place your chain nose pliers inside of the loop
Thread your bead onto the wire
Grip the wire with your round nose pliers

Place your chain nose pliers inside of the loop, and break the neck by bending it away from you 90 degrees.


Thread your bead onto the wire and make a 90 degree bend just above your bead.


Grip the wire with your round nose pliers directly above the bend.

STEP 7 - TECHNIQUE 3 & 4

STEP 8 - TECHNIQUE 3 & 4

STEP 9 - TECHNIQUE 3 & 4

Switch the hand you're using to grip the pliers
Continue gripping the wire with the round nose pliers
Use your fingers to wrap the wire around your pliers

Continue gripping the wire with the round nose pliers, while using a pair of chain nose pliers to pinch the wire shut, creating a finished loop.


Use your fingers to wrap the wire around your pliers until it touches the bead.


Switch the hand you're using to grip the pliers and use your side cutters to cut the wire just above the bead.

STEP 10 - TECHNIQUE 3 & 4

STEP 11 - TECHNIQUE 3 & 4

FINISHED
PRODUCT

When making a link like this you'll want both loops to face the same direction
To open and close the loop
mark your round nose pliers with a permanent marker

When making a link like this you'll want both loops to face the same direction. To do this, grip each loop with a pair of chain nose pliers and just twist until your loops are where you want them.


To open and close the loop, you can use chain nose pliers and gently twist it open from side to side.


TIP: To keep your simple loops the same size you can mark your round nose pliers with a permanent marker.

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