Polymer Clay Tutorial | Jewelry Wire Wraps, Loops & Links [VIDEO]

Polymer Clay Jewelry Wire Wraps and Loops

Vid #133: “I have looked at wire wrapping tutorials online, but they are written and I am a visual person, so I learn best by seeing it done.” ~Jennifer-B

While you are learning how to make polymer clay beads, there comes a point when you need to start making some actual jewelry pieces with your artistic bead creations. And since wire is such an excellent compliment to polymer clay, a few basic wire working techniques sure can come in handy!

So this week’s member video is all about how to create wire wraps, links and loops. It will be available for viewing on Friday November 27th at the Polymer Clay Library.

Supplies List: Video-018-4: Wire Wraps & Loops:

Supplies:

  • Wire: 19g-22g Copper, Brass, Anodized (Black) Steel, Art Wire, Silver, Gold or Niobium:  24g can only be used for lightweight charms with multiple wraps, otherwise the loops will come undone.
  • Headpins: The same techniques can be used with headpins or eye pins to make charms, dangles and earrings.
  • Beads or charms: Made from polymer clay of course!

Tools:

  • Flush Cutters: Jewelry wire cutters that give a nice clean and straight flush cut.
  • Chain Nose Pliers: Use jewelry pliers, not regular needle nose pliers from the garage.
  • Round Nose Pliers: Jewelry quality.
  • Or a multi purpose jewelry tool: This option combines all of the above listed tools into one if you are on a tight budget.
  • Flat metal file: Optional, but always good to have on hand in your studio.

The full version of the Vid-018-4 Wire Wraps & Loops Tutorial will be posted in the Polymer Clay Members Library on Friday November 27th, 2009. But if you would like to see a sneak peak intro clip right now, scroll down the page a bit to the video player below.

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The full version of the “Wire Wraps & Loops” preview video shown above, is now available for purchase at the Polymer Clay Library in the Vol-018 Back Issue Package.

Customer Feedback About Membership Value:

I have had a high interest in wire wrapping and wire jewelry making in general lately. I have looked at tutorials online, but they are written tutorials and I am a visual person, so I learn best by seeing it being done. With that said I would love to see some tutorials on wire wrapping and will find time to include it in my day ;) Even if I have to wait until 11pm to do it. Which, I seem to do half the time anyway :)  I just wanted to say Thank You Cindy for all the tutorial Video’s. Before watching your tutorials I had some supplies but never really did anything with it. You gave me the confidence to start again and keep going :) I love your teaching style and have learned so much from you. I have learned much more from you than any of the books I have. Thanks Again :) ~Jennifer-B

The following topics are included in this week’s “Wire Wraps & Loops” video tutorial:

  • See examples of several different jewelry pieces using these wire working techniques.
  • Discussion of the type of wires you can use and the proper gauges (sizes).
  • Demonstration on how to properly make a simple loop used for eye pins, links and ear wires.
  • Learn how to make wrapped loops that can be used for links, rosaries, charms, earrings and other wire jewelry projects.
  • Techniques for how to make the ‘messy wrap’ which is very popular these days in many jewelry designs.

The full version of the “Wire Wraps & Loops” preview video shown above, is now available for purchase at the Polymer Clay Library in the Vol-018 Back Issue Package.


Comments

  1. Fantastic idea for a video, Cindy. Thanks! BTW where can I get a metal file? I’ve never seen any at jewelry supply sections at the craft stores. Is this a hardware store item?

  2. Now that is music to my ears. I can not wait. Jennifer I am with you all the way, listening and watching Cindy just does it all.
    Thank you in advance Cindy for a wonderful video.

  3. Hey Cindy!

    Where would you recommend get the various types of pliers from? Is there a set one can buy with each type in it?

    I still get a little dizzy in the jewelry section at the Michaels and I’ve only seen the round nosed pliers there.

    Thanks!

  4. I got my tools from a local gem shop. They are called EuroTools and are excellent value for the price. $6-$8 for round and chain nose pliers. If you search online you should be able to find something comparable. I did get the multipurpose pliers (rosary pliers) at Michaels but the quality is just OK. Maybe someone else here can help you with what’s available in the American stores.

    • @Cindy Lietz: I recently went back to the craft store and may have found a set I think I can live with. Investigation continues. My main concern was finding something of quality (i.e. something that I won’t break). The EuroTools look really good and might be just the thing. Thanks again!

  5. Hi, Cindy!

    I loved the new video on wire wrapping!

    I’ve been making rosaries and wired up jewelry for awhile now, and found 3 Step Round Nose Looping Pliers to be invaluable to my collection of tools. Using 3 Step Pliers, your loops and jump rings are always the same size without worrying whether you’re in the exact same spot on your pliers or not – they are fool proof, amazing, and sell for about $20 on most jewelry supply sites. I use mine constantly and they save a lot of time.

    I love creative people – if there is a need, someone will make a tool to satisfy that need.

    Jayne

  6. Here is a tip to get uniform size loops with your plain round nose pliers: make a mark on them with a sharpie (permanent marker). Wha La, same size loops everytime… :)

    ~Lisa

  7. Hi Cindy,

    Absolutely loved the Video. I have been struggling trying to do these wire wraps on some of my projects, but they were not turning out so good. This video has showed me what I was doing wrong…cant wait to go get started..This time I know they will turnout good. Thanks again for really great videos.

  8. @Jayne: I’ve been meaning to pick up some of those steeped pliers. I think they would be very handy! Thanks for letting everyone else know about them!

    @Lisa: Yes, I like to mark my pliers with a Sharpie too!

    @Jackie: Nice to hear from you Jackie! I hope you are doing well. Been thinking of you lately. Glad you liked the video. Hope it helps you to start making nice loops and wraps! :-)

  9. Hi Cindy,

    Great video! I took a class on beginning wire working last summer, but I haven’t done too much with it yet. Your video will help to get me going, along with my ever-increasing stock of polymer clay beads!

    I found an incredible resource at First Mountain–videos and all kinds of tutorials on jewelry making. firemountaingems.com/beading_howtos/default.asp

  10. Thanks so much, Cindy! I knew how to make loops, but I always I made it harder to do than it had to be. Now, thanks to you and your great video, it will all be easier! Thank you!

    Hugs to you :)

    Cindy E.

  11. Hi, does anyone know of a place I can get anodized (or annealed?) “black” steel wire in Riverside, CA (or anywhere in the Inland Empire.) I don’t want to order again online just yet if I don’t have to. I also hate paying for shipping — silly, I know. Anyway, I love the look of this wire! Look how cool Cindy’s beads look wrapped in this stuff!

  12. This really is a great video! I recently got Vol-018, and I hadn’t watched this one yet. It’s yet another fantastic vid by Doug & Cindy; they really know what they’re doing, don’t they? I’ve been making wraps for some time, but for a beginner, or someone who’s having trouble with their technique, this would be just the thing! The “messy wrap” is also really cool-looking, so if you don’t know how to make it, check this out. It really makes for an awesome necklace, bracelet, or whatever you decide to make!

    Yay! I finally made it to Ace Hardware, and they have Black Annealed Steel wire. Unfortunately, only in 28 gauge though. They can order other gauges for me, but I have to buy 10 or 12 of them. It’s still really cheap, even in that qty. But I’d never be able to use all of that wire! I’m going to call around to some of the other Ace stores, maybe they have some of the other gauges. I also got some copper & brass wire. Ace has a much better wire selection than Home Depot or Lowes! The last time I checked H.D., you could only buy a HUGE roll of copper wire. I also found the flashing for the cool bezels tute Cindy recently taught, and some tubing, chain, — just a whole bunch of fun stuff. It was a fun time in the hardware store, and I didn’t even get those weird “looks” like the ones we discussed the other day. “Ace really is the place!”

  13. Thanks for this info, Kat. I’ll have to see if we have an Ace anywhere nearby. If not, I know there are a few near my sister in MA. I really want to get some brass wire.

    • Wonderful Debs… glad to hear you are exploring new territory ;-)

      Even if you think you may not like something, it is usually worth the effort to give it a go anyway. You may just end up developing a new love… or it may take you down another creative path that would not have revealed itself otherwise.

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