How to Make a Double-Wrapped Loop

May 19, 2010


I was a wrapped-loop purist until I met my buddy Jamie Hogsett. Pre-Jamie, I strove to make sure all of my wrapped loops were perfectly and neatly wrapped so that the wrap looked almost mechanical, like a coil slipped onto wire.

But after hanging out with Jamie and seeing projects like her Twilight Flight in her book, Create Jewelry: Stones, I woke up a little. Post-Jamie, I realized that a “chunky” wrapped loop could be just the thing for many projects, adding character and even more strength to a connection. This somewhat unruly and bold way of making a loop gives pieces a modern rustic look, drawing attention to itself rather than hanging in the background as a regular old wrapped loop might do.

I love it when I break through and learn new techniques like the chunky wrapped loop to add to my bag of tricks. I find myself looking high and low for them. Do you? If so, you don’t need to look too far for great wireworking inspiration. Step by Step Wire Jewelry, a magazine packed full of beautiful wire and bead projects, can feed your appetite for new and unique wireworking techniques.

How to Make a Double-Wrapped Loop
Here’s how Jamie taught me to form a chunky wrapped loop, a technique also known as a double-wrapped loop when you’re reading instructions.

I started my chunky wrapped-loop link with a regular wrapped loop so I could string a bead, leaving about 7” of tail wire on top of the bead.

  1: Use the tip of chain-nose pliers to grasp the wire right above the bead. Form a 90° bend in the wire.

  2: Use round-nose pliers to grasp the wire at the bend. Pull the tail wire up and over the top of the pliers’ jaws.

  3: Change the position of the pliers so the bottom jaw is in the loop.

  4: Swing the tail wire under the pliers’ jaws.

  5: Keep the tail wire horizontal as you coil it tightly down the neck wire.

  6: Instead of trimming as you would a regular wrapped loop, wrap the tail wire over the previous wraps.
7: Continue all the way up to the top loop. You could trim here for a double-wrapped loop or . . .
8: . . . wrap back down the coils for a triple-wrapped loop. Flush cut any extra tail wire and use chain-nose pliers to tuck the tail wire in.

Do you use chunky wrapped loops? What kind of designs are they best for? Share your tips and tricks on Beading Daily.

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NicoleD@22 wrote
on May 19, 2010 6:18 AM

Jean, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! I have been DYING to know how to do this, and have to laugh that it is really so simple. I have wasted tons of wire trying to wrap the loops and just couldn't get it right. Turns out i just needed a flick of the wrist with the pliers. Boy is this satisfying!!

Sid Manchego wrote
on May 19, 2010 8:46 AM

Jean--you always have 'news we can use'.  Thanks for sharing your ideas.  Sid

pearlgirl64 wrote
on May 20, 2010 2:27 PM

Chunky & Cute!! :-)

nicholcurtis wrote
on May 22, 2010 9:24 PM

I see what you mean by a 'chunky' wrap. I too have been trying to be too precise but, the piece I am working on could benefit from the chunky wrap.  thanx