In this free tutorial, I show you how to make a wire wrapped eye loop, for hook-and-eye clasps. The procedure is almost like the wrapped bead link, except that one loop end is much larger, to accept the hook.
You will need:
- 2 1/2-inch (6 cm) length of wire (I used 22-gauge half-hard round)
- one bead, 4mm or smaller, with a hole big enough for your wire (I used a 3mm round metal bead)
- round-nose pliers
- two chain-nose pliers, or one bent-nose and one chain-nose pliers
Wire Wrapped Eye Loop Instructions:
With round-nose pliers, grasp the wire one inch (2.5 cm) from the right end, and bend an angle, as shown. Use your left thumb to brace the wire for a sharper angle.
Step 2: Slide the wire down the plier barrels about 1/4 of the way, and curve the wire tail (on the right-hand side of the angle you bent) around the right-hand plier barrel. Begin the curve by pushing the wire tail part-way around the plier barrel with your left finger.
Step 3: Thread the loop onto whatever you are attaching to – chain, link, etc. – and wrap the tail around the wire twice. Cut remaining tail off, and press cut end down. >>Confused? See my Wire Wrapped Link Tutorial.
Step 4: Thread on your bead, then grasp the wire right next to the bead with the tip of your round-nose pliers. Bend an angle, as before.
Step 5: Slide the wire all the way down to the widest part of the round-nose pliers, and curve the wire around the plier barrel.
Step 6: With bent-nose or chain-nose pliers, grasp the eye loop as shown, and wrap wire tail around wire shaft at least twice, ending next to the bead.
Step 7: Here’s what we have before cutting off the remaining wire tail. Cut at an angle, and press down with pliers.