Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Easy Beginning Beading Tutorial- Simple Loop and Wrapped Loop

Bead Table Wednesday

I've joined the Bead Table Wednesday Flickr Group, and will be welcoming you to my studio at least once a month to update you on my most recent jewelry endeavors! 

Currently, I find myself obsessed with all things Vintaj!  I'm late to the beading party, so I have just discovered this wonderful company that offers brass components and embellishments for your custom jewelry.  Here's the best part, most are designed to be altered!  Look out, because I am about to go crazy with stamps, inks, hammers, punches and this amazing product called "Magic-Glos."

I am on a quest to unite my love of painting, jewelry and fibers.  This is going to look different as I move from one emphasis to the other, but I am really drawn to mixed media art.  I have created jewelry for years, but I find myself revisiting simple linking, looping and wrapping techniques.  Proficiency at basic technique is always essential, so I'm sharing these easy tutorials I practiced this week!

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Simple wrapped Loop Tutorial

1.  You will need eye pins, drop beads, chain nose pliers, and side cutter pliers

2.  String the bead onto the eye pin.  Bend the looped end of the eye pin back over the top of the bead, leaving about 1/8 inch between the loop and the top of the bead.

3.  Bend the long, straight end of the eye pin so that it crosses in front of the neck of the looped end at the top of the bead, then wrap it behind.

4.  Using chain nose pliers, continue wrapping the tail end tightly up the neck of the eye pin to create coils.  Trim any excess wire with the side cutters, and tuck the end of the wire into the coils.

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Simple Loop with Bead Cap Tutorial

You will need:  head pins, bead caps, beads, round nose pliers, side cutter pliers

1.  String the bead cap and the bead onto the end of the head pin.

2.  Using the side cutter pliers, cut the head pin approx. 1/4 inch above the bead.

3.  Use the round nose pliers ro grip the end of the eye pin, pulling toward you at a 45 degree angle.

4.  Begin turning the end of the pin away from you, using the jaw of the pliers to form a loop.  Secure the end of the loop into the bead cap.

Now you have the building blocks of linking bliss. Add some jump rings to secure your newly looped creations to bigger jump rings or chain.  I am working on a "Monet" inspired focal, which features that lovely purple key (in top photo) that I won from Love My Art Jewelry, and lots of dangling, linked beady-goodness!

What's on your bead table? Join us!


  1. Great tutorials, Erin! I love Vintaj. Their products are so versatile. And the fact that they can be manipulated and altered is even more fun. The possibilities are endless! I have even had the pleasure of visiting the Vintaj divas in Galena IL and at Bead & Button. They are the best! I swear that Jess and I were sisters - we even look similar! I want to be adopted by her mom Trish who is so sweet! Can't wait to see what you are making. Love that key!
    Enjoy the day!

  2. Erin, thanks for the links! I've never heard of Vintaj, and that Magic-Glos looks like fun to play with, too. I can't wait to see your discoveries in jewelry, because what I've seen has all been reaaaaally awesome.

  3. I am a huge fan of Vintaj too. Are you on Bello Modo's mailing list - they often have sales on Vintaj and free shipping.

    Okay, I'm loving the simple tutorials - so well done!

  4. It's the magic color of their findings - goes with everything! I can't wait to see what you make! XO

  5. Thank you for making these tutorials. I seem to find large stretches of time happening between my visits to my beads and these refresher tips will be so helpful to refer back to when I have beads and wire in hand and the mind is blank!

  6. Thank you all for the great feedback! I had fun making these tutorials, and I so happy you found them useful!


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