Making a wrapped loop at the top of a bead to create lovely drop earrings or cascading dangling drops can be challenging, but once you begin the practice of making wrapped loops, you will be creating beautiful wrapped pieces for years to come.
To create a wrapped loop you will need the following items:
Headpins – for information regarding gauge see here
Bead of choice – here I used a 6mm Swarovski Crystal Bead
Flat Nose Pliers
Round Nose Pliers
First, place the bead on the headpin. Next, begin making a basic loop at the top of the headpin as described here, but instead of making the right angle directly at the top of the bead, measure 2mm from the bead base, then make your right angle. This will leave you plenty of room to wrap once you have a loop formed.
Then, place the round-nosed pliers against the 90 degree angle you created and wrap the wire counter-clockwise against the barrel of the pliers as shown in the Basic Loop Tutorial. Instead of cutting the wire at this point, you are going to keep the round nose pliers in place to hold the shape of the loop and take your flat nose pliers and grab the tail of the wire.
Gently bend the wire and pull it as close to the 2mm space that you left in the first steps of this tutorial. Wrap the wire twice around the top of the bead and place your flat nose pliers to the side. Snip the wire at the end and use the flat nose pliers to press any loose ends together. Adjust your loop as needed using the round nose pliers.
I really wish I could have shared more photos with you, but my hands were pretty full which you will realize once you make the wrapped loop for yourself. I have seen so many shops begin to sell these wrapped beads as jewelry making supplies, but you can certainly make them. Making the wrapped loop will allow you much more flexibility in your designs and give you a wonderful sense of accomplishment.