How to Make a Plain Wire Loop (Video)

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.

How to Make a Plain Wire Loop Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Why I Mark My Round Nose Pliers

marking jewelry 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.

Jewelry Projects to Make with
this Plain Wire Loop Technique:

Face-Framing Wire Earrings

Mixed-Metal Industrial Pendant

Aztec Bib Necklace

Waterfall Earrings

See More Videos on
Ways to Make Wire Loops:

How to Make a Wrapped Wire Loop (Video)

How to Attach a Wrapped Wire Loop to Another Jewelry Component (Video)

How to make a plain wire loop

How to make a plain wire loop

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By the end of this online video class, you’ll be designing and making your own artistic earwires, clasps, connectors, and pendant bails.

You’ll also learn my tips for making wire jewelry more easily, with more professional looking results.


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  • Sherry Hooker says:

    Thanks for this tutorial, Rena. The others I have seen on this subject had a much more complicated method.

  • Pascha Lee says:

    Great tip about marking my pliers with the marker. Now my closures(loops) will be more uniformed instead of different sizes.

  • Debbie says:

    Thank you, thank you Rena! You make this look so easy and what a great idea on marking the pliers. I have had such a hard time making my loops look perfectly round and even. Not any more!!

  • nicole sarver says:

    Thanks for the tutorial. It is really helpful. Beadweaving comes easy to me. But, I struggle with making a nice wire loop. Now I know how to make a really nice loop!

  • Pammie Thompson says:

    Rena your tutorials are always so very well done, and it’s great that your provide vid tuts and written tuts. You are very generous to share your craft with others, and i appreciate all that i’ve learned from you and certainly appreciate all the freebies for those of us who are financially challenged crafters. Thank you so much.

  • Jenn says:

    I was wondering why – but you explained why it’s necessary to make a wire loop. Those can be a challenge. I’ve bookmarked this page to come back and watch the video when I’m ready to make a wire loop. Thanks! Jenn (via Liz’s TTT)

  • Thank you so much! Great tutorial!

  • Kristi says:

    I’m just getting into jewelry making, so I’m pinning this for later. I’m sure it’s going to be very helpful when I need it! Thanks for sharing

  • Carolyn Dube says:

    This was so helpful! I am going to figure out exactly where to mark my pliers!! Thank you!

  • Jessica says:

    Thanks for the tutorial Rena!

  • Tabitha Vos says:

    great tutorial! Thanks!

  • Found your blog via Inspire Me Monday, and while I do not make jewelry I love your presentation and the whole layout of your site♫ I’m more into song writing/poetry and now photography. Happy last week of January♥

  • becolorful says:

    You have such simple no nonsense ideas and such a clear way of communicating. You really need to publish them. 😀 Thanks for sharing.

  • becolorful says:

    And because I read in reader I missed that you already have. 😀 oops. I’m bad.

  • Alison says:

    What a brilliant idea marking the pliers, my loops are never exactly the same size!!

    visiting from Hope Studios!

  • You give me hope for trying jewelry making someday. You make it look easy in the tutorial & love the tips! Thanks for sharing. Theresa
    Hope to see you again soon!

  • Wonderful video tutorial, Rena! I love making jewelry and have especially enjoyed working with wire. Your video tutorial would be such a wonderful resource for someone starting out! Thank you for sharing.

  • Robin says:

    Great Tutorial! Marking the pliers is a clever idea.

  • Help! Then ends of my round nose pliers are black! How can I mark them?

  • I found this sight today, and found your tutorials very clear and straight to the point. I look forward to seeing more from you in your newsletter.

  • Welcome, Josephine! And thank you for your lovely comment. I’m glad you’re enjoying the tutorials – there are many more to come! 🙂

  • Judaye says:

    I’m going to practice. Thank you for making this tutorial easy to see and understand.

  • Sassy says:

    I found your video very helpful. But I’m still having a problem making my loops look presentable! I always manage to end up with ovals!! I make all kinds of jewelry and I’ve needed to learn this forever but I seem to have a mental block when it comes to the actual application of what I’ve learned!! I’m very frustrated, as you can probably tell. Any ideas? I’ve sat here today practicing over and over again,and I still can’t seem to do it. I may be a lost cause. *sigh* Thanks for sharing your ideas and tips and tricks. Keep on sharing, there are many new beaders out there needing help!
    Warmest regards, Sassy ~~ waves ~~

  • Catherine says:

    Rena, thanks for this tutorial on making loops. This is one thing that I could watch over and over, but for some reason when I keep practicing I can never get it right. You make it look so easy.

  • Catherine, you’re very welcome! Get some craft wire or artistic wire in 18 or 20 gauge, and use it to practice your wire loops! 🙂

  • Nancee says:

    Thank you for the tips to make loops. helps a lot

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