Making Wire Jewelry with Rena
video by Rena Klingenberg.
A plain wire loop is often used when working with thick wire gauges, or in making dangles for earrings, charm bracelets, cha-cha bracelets, etc.
For practicing making a plain wire loop with me in the video, you’ll need:
- A piece of wire that’s about 2 inches (5.08 cm) long – and anywhere from 18 gauge to 22 gauge. (In this video I’m using 20-gauge round soft copper wire.)
- Round nose pliers.
- Flat nose pliers.
Why I Mark My Round Nose Pliers
In the video you’ll see that I mark my pliers for the two most common loop sizes I make.
By having these marks on my pliers, I can easily make wire loops in a perfectly consistent size, over and over.
This is a great way to make your finished jewelry look uniform and professional.
I use a fine-tip permanent marker to draw these lines on my pliers.
The lines wear off over time – but if you want to remove the lines before then, simply rub them off with a small piece of paper towel soaked in rubbing alcohol.