How to Make Free Form Wire Loops

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Designer: Kat Silvia
In this video, see how to use wire to create free form loops in jewelry making. You will also see how to embellish them by wire wrapping round beads inside the loops.
Audio Transcript
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Hi, this is Kat with beadaholique.com and the Naomi earrings and this is a just a little example of something one of the pieces I did before I wire wrapped on the Czech glass trucks that I have here and just let you know these are eight millimeters and they'll fit inside of the loops the larger loops here which we're going to be making with our Webber's bail making pliers and this is the seven and nine millimeter plier size you're also going to need a pair of flush cutters for this because we're going to be working with wire and for the thicker wire here this is an 18 gauge vintage brass wire and I also have a 26 gauge vintage wire as well and this is what I used to make the little wire wraps which I'll show you quickly how to do but the point of this is just really to show you how to use these pliers to make these freeform wire loops and once you get the hang of it you'll let the wire sort of mold and do what it wants to do and that's sort of the fun part about this so I won't be showing you exactly this like specific design the point is to show you how to use them so that you can make the design your own so what I'm going to do here is I'm going to take the webber's pliers and my 18 gauge wire and I would leave it attached to the spool because you'll notice that this actually takes quite a bit of wire and you don't want to sort of get to the end and run out of wire if you've already clipped it so I'll show you what to do so I'm right-handed so I'm just going to sort of put it on the side for me so I'm going to first pinch the wire in between the pliers and just make a loop and I'm just moving my pliers I'm going to continue the loop and move it down and just go slow you want it to be a nice tight coil and I'm going to get back to about where I started there so I'm going to remove my pliers just to show you so that's the first coil and I did that with the smaller size of the plier so now what I'm going to do is I'm going to take that end and hold it with my pliers and wrap the opposite direction around the big end so you see how I started to do that just take the pliers out just to show you so that's what I ended up doing and now you take the big end of the plier and I'm going to wrap behind here but I only want to wrap that far so now I think let's see no wrap a little bit more this is the fun part about this is you can really kind of make it freeform okay and now I'm going to take it out and kind of adjust my plier and now I'm going to wrap around the little side take it out adjust your plier and you just keep going in this fashion until you sort of get the desired look that you want and you can go around twice you can go around two times you can go around three times it's entirely up to you and just back I'm going to show you how to end it and let's say I want to do a little something like that and now I'm going to come back over come out and that's where I want to clip it so that's sort of just one of my small little freeform shapes so I'm going to take my flush cutters and I'm just going to clip the wire right there and I'm just going to use my pliers real quick to just sort of nip that in there make it nice and tight okay so now what I'm going to show you is how to do a wire wrap and you'll be able to see that this bead kind of fits right in between there so I'm just going to show you how to do that now with this one you'll want to cut a length of about I'd say about a foot or so and you know what I always say with wire wrapping you always want to be safe than sorry so you always want to cut a little bit more than you think you're going to need wire wrapping is sort of all about the scraps especially when you're working with a wire that you can afford to use a little extra on so what you're going to do is you're going to take the wire thread on your bead and what I like to do before I wire up is to sort of see where the best wire wrapping spot is do I want to wrap it at the top there and then down at the bottom to connect those I actually think that'll look really nice so I'm going to unthread it and what I'm going to do now is I want to connect this area right here to this bottom right here so I'm going to start at the top and just string it through and I'm basically going to cross the wires see that so I just cross the wire over like that and now I have this little tail and I'm going to wrap it around and sort of wrap it one more time just to give myself a little extra there so I wrapped it around about three times or so I'm going to flip it to the back and snip off that tail end the little piece of wire right there and just tuck that in with my finger so now now that I have the wire triple wrapped on the front I'm going to string on my bead slide it down and now I'm going to go underneath so that I get a good tension so you see how it's coming up and over the side and then on this side I'm going to wrap around the other the other way and this is clearly too much wire so I'm going to go ahead and snip that just so I don't have to keep threading it through so now I'm going to thread my wire through and pull tight thread my wire through and pull tight thread the wire through and pull tight there we go so just kind of scooch that make sure it's nice and tight and then I'm going to just snip the back with my flush cutters so there you have and now I have this neat little shape that I can then wire wrap onto other pieces and I'm going to show you how I did that with this particular bracelet just going to unhook it for you so you can see that like this piece is separate and it sort of hinges a little bit this next big piece is separate and it hinges because I've wire wrapped it and again there's other pieces over here that are hinged together as well so when you look at this bracelet online we'll have the tutorial there for you but I just wanted to let you know that this really is a free-form project so if you purchase the Webber's of bail making pliers and the seven and nine millimeters you'll be able to complete this and it would be really fun you'll get to see you know how the wire designs for you and you'll get to figure out where you want to do your wire wrapping so this is a little bit of an advanced technique but I hope you enjoy it and I hope that you like the project and that you'll want to make one of your very own so that is how to make freeform wire loops and you can purchase all of these supplies at beadaholique.com you

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