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Wire-Wrapped Two Loop Connector
by Judy Ellis, Wire-Sculpture.com
Wire Wrapping Tip May 30, 2014
Making a Wire-Wrapped Two Loop Connector
This week, while looking through patterns, I came across this great wire-wrapping tutorial by our good friend, Albina Manning. She gives us simple pattern for making an easy wire-wrapped two loop connector. These are perfect for earrings, toggles or anything else you can dream up! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Materials and Tools:
- round dead soft wire, 20ga-24ga*
- Wire cutters
- Round nose pliers
- Bail making pliers, 9mm** (or any cylindrical object like a pen or a marker)
- Nylon jaw pliers (optional)
- * Size of the wire depends on the size of the spacer you are going to make. The bigger spacer the thicker the wire.
- ** Diameter of the bail making pliers depends on the size of the spacer.
1. You can start working from the spool. Wrap the wire one and a half times around a 9mm jaw.
3. Insert the 9mm jaw back in the loop and continue wrapping the wire until it is across a small loop.
5. Cut the wire leaving 6” tail. Make a wrap close to the last small loop.
6. Make 5-6 wraps on one side of the connector. These wraps do not have to be close to each other. Just make sure that the distance between the wraps is the same.
7. Make 5-6 wraps on the other side as well.
8. Bring the wire end to the first half; make one wrap close to the small loop. Place the wire end between two wraps and cut the wire. Using chain nose pliers, tack the end inside, making sure it does not stick out.
9. Place the connector between the nylon jaw pliers and slightly flatten it (this step is optional). Make only one small loop to make a one-loop connector.
Here are two examples of earrings made with this technique.
You can also use this technique to make a simple wire wrapped loop toggle.
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