Simple wire loops are basic components of handmade jewelry, so knowing how to make them is a skill you will call on often. Wire loops create headpins, make places to connect the elements of your jewelry and more. Making a loop with wire requires a few tools, but you will use them over and over again for many common wire working techniques. Check out our tutorial and learn how to make simple wire loops for jewelry.
Once you learn how to make a simple wire loop, you’ll be using it in all of your jewelry making. From pendants to earrings, necklaces and bracelets. Simple wire loops are one of the basic techniques in making your own jewelry.
It’s fun to experiment with different types and thicknesses (called gauges) of wire to get a feel for your favorites. When just starting out, copper wire is a good choice. It’s easy to work with and is more economical than silver for practice pieces. It’s not quite as malleable as dead soft sterling silver, but you can bend it, coil it, shape it and hammer it to make beautiful jewelry. And it looks great! You can even oxidize it for an antiqued look.
As you build your collection of jewelry tools, look for the best quality you can afford. There really is a difference! You want tools that will help you achieve smooth, consistent results. After a bit of practice you will be on your way to making jewelry that you will love to wear.
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