How to make a wrapped bead link:

A wrapped bead link connects two jewelry components with each other. It has the same function as a double eye pin. The only difference is that a wrapped loop is made with 22g and 24g wire and needs to be wrapped, otherwise the thin wire will let the loop go open and your jewelry components will slide off. I usually make wrapped loops when working with pearls and small beads with tiny holes that takes only 22g or 24g wires.

What you need:

  • 22g or 24g wire
  • beads for your project
  • round nose pliers
  • chain nose pliers
  • wire cutters

Step 1:

Cut off approximately 3 to 4 inches of 22g wire, depending on the size and amount of beads you will use. Slide your bead/s onto the middle of the wire.

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Step 2:

Grip the wire with your round nose pliers 5mm above the bead. (You can slide the bead off the wire once you know where to grip the wire if the bead keeps falling off. Slide the bead back on when you've made the wrapped loop.) Bend the wire to an 80 or 90 degree angle by moving your pliers away from you. Use your free hand to bend the tip of the wire clockwise around the nose of your pliers. You might have to reposition your pliers once or twice. Bend the wire until it makes a complete loop. Release your pliers.


Step 3:

The project you are working on might state that you have to attach a jewelry component to the loop. Now this is the time to attach the jewelry component (beaded link, chain, earring wire, eye pin etc) to the open loop. Once you’ve done that, grip the loop with your chain nose pliers. Use your free hand to wrap the wire 2 ½ to 3 times around the neck of the loop. Use your wire or side cutters to cut off the extra wire as close to the bead as possible. Press the end down with your chain nose pliers.




Step 4:

Repeat the same process with the wire on the other side of the bead. Grip the wire 5mm above the bead with your round nose pliers. Bend it to an 80 to 90 degree angle by moving your pliers away from you. Use your free hand and bend the wire clockwise to make a loop. Release your pliers.


Step 5:

Slide another jewelry component onto the open loop if you need to. Grip the loop with your chain nose pliers and again wrap the wire 2 ½ to 3 times round. Cut off the extra wire. Press the end down with chain or bend nose pliers. Your wrapped bead link is now complete.


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