Six Steps to Perfect Wrapped Loops

Apr 4, 2011

One of the best ways to feed your need to bead is to try out new ways from established pros. Jean Campbell fits the bill on that! I love trying out her tips, and her six steps to perfect wrapped loops is no exception. I’ve always had those little “pokies” on the end of my wire loops and I never thought to use crimping pliers! Brilliant!

Memory Tricks for Beading

Like you, I’ve taken classes of all sorts over the years. Most teachers use memory techniques to help you remember lists or a process. For instance, my piano teacher used the acronym (E)very (G)ood (B)oy (D)oes (F)ine so I could remember the lines of the treble clef; in 10th grade typing class I learned the pangram “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog;” when my daughter learned to tie her shoes we sang SpongeBob’s "Loop Dee Loop" song; and in college the ne’er-do-wells who tore me away from my studies taught me “Over the lips and through the gums, watch out stomach, here it comes.”

These learning techniques are beneficial in jewelry-making, too. I remember walking down a hallway at Interweave’s BASH beading retreat in Estes Park, Colorado a long time ago and listening to wireworker Mark Lareau (author of All Wired Up and Getting Started Making Metal Jewelry) do the same thing—as I recall, he was using sound effects to the great delight of his students. And I know Joyce Scott has some pretty colorful imagery to explain peyote stitch increases and decreases.

This is what’s great about taking classes, isn’t it? Gathering tips and techniques from the pros--things you might not run across when working on your own—helps eliminate little technique obstacles so you can move on to bigger and better things in the future.

The Wrapped Loop Doo-Wop

Many of my class projects include both bead stitching and wirework and I find many off-loom-centric students aren’t that confident about their wirework skills. Most beadworkers could benefit from attending one of the many classes at
Bead Fest Wire. (I don’t even have to mention how much fun it would be for a wireworker; there are classes for every level of jewelry maker!) One technique that’s especially troublesome is the wrapped loop, so I think it’s high time we come up with a little memory technique for it, don’t you? Read more...
 

 

Thanks Jean! for more ingenious tips, projects, and other wiry wisdom, subscribe to Step by Step Wire Jewelry and feed your need to bead!

The best is yet to bead!

Creatively,

 


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trudy645 wrote
on Apr 4, 2011 4:47 PM

Hi, Great tips...but what is holding the wire??? I have to use 2 hands to do my loops, PLEASE PLEASE tell me there is an easier way? What is that blue thing and can I have one:)

on Apr 4, 2011 7:43 PM

Thanks for the great tips, I'm sharing them with others.

trudy, I think the blue thing is a bead. When I make a wrapped loop (using the technique above) I use one hand for the pliers and one to straighten the wire and begin the loops or hold the bead steady, as necessary.