Wubbers Wire-Looping Pliers – and more

June 17, 2011

Hello bloglandia! There was a “hit” product at last week’s Bead & Button show in Milwaukee: the new wire-looping pliers from Wubbers. Our booth sold out – then our website sold out! Wow. It was “wub – twue wub.” We just got more in stock, but they could be gone soon!

What makes Wubbers wire-looping pliers so special? Well, instead of having two tapered jaws (like round-nose pliers), the Wubbers wire loopers have one straight round jaw, and one concave jaw that rounds the wire over the first. Simply insert the wire and squeeze to get perfectly rounded loops that are always the same size. Consistency has never been so easy to achieve!

Wubbers has an excellent YouTube video demonstrating their use (the video is also included on CD with each pair). Go ahead and watch. This post will still be here when you are done!

Ok. Welcome back!

When I tried the Wubbers wire-loopers for myself, I instantly liked how easy it was to make eye pins. With round nose pliers, it can be hard to grip the very tip of the wire. Not an issue with the Wubbers!

Next: wrapped loops. I had a bit of trouble with this until I realized I was using the wrong gauge wire. Wubbers wire-loopers are designed specifically for 20-gauge round wire. I was using 18-gauge copper and just did not have enough room between the pliers and the bead to make my wraps. Once I switched to 20 gauge I was fine, although it took me a few tries to replicate the Wubbers technique because I am so accustomed to using round-nose pliers.

Wubbers wire-looping pliers are the perfect choice for the jewelry maker who:

  1. Works primarily with 20-gauge wire. (20 gauge fits most gemstone, crystal, glass and metal beads, plus large-hole pearls.)
  2. Wants to create loops that are exactly the same size, easily, over and over again.
  3. Values economy of motion and good ergonomics.

Check out those JAWS: Eurotool concave bending pliers, Wubbers wire-looping pliers, and Lindstrom round-nose pliers.

Rings & Things sells two similar (but definitely not comparable) wire-looping pliers – #69-026 and #69-027, by Beadalon and Eurotool, respectively. Each of these has one tapered jaw (not straight like the Wubbers) with a concave jaw. These pliers will bend and hold the loop while you make the wire wraps, but they should NOT be used with the technique shown in the Wubbers video. If you repeatedly squeeze the wire in an attempt to round it, you will end up with lots of ugly bite marks in your wire. (Wubbers are “meticulously hand finished to minimize marring and to ensure that Wubbers’ quality is incomparable” – this little experiment proved it to me!)

The damage I created by using Wubbers techniques with non-Wubbers pliers. Eek! Not recommended at all.

To avoid this, only squeeze once – and gently. Manipulate the wire ends with your fingers or chain-nose pliers to complete your loop instead of re-positioning the wrapping/bending pliers. The benefit of these pliers (besides their low price tag!) is that you can vary your loop sizes. However, given the popularity of the Wubbers loopers, it seems many people view this “feature” as a liability!

With practice and patience you can create consistent loops with round-nose pliers. (Many people mark the jaws of their round-nose pliers with a marker so that they always bend their wire around the same spot.) Since I switch wires gauges and loop sizes so often I’ll probably stick with this tried-and-true method. But if wire wrapping is a headache, Wubbers wire-wrapping pliers might be just the solution you’ve been looking for! Wubbers truly are made to make jewelry. ~ Cindy

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  • Shaiha June 21, 2011 at 10:29 am

    I purchased the Wubbers Looping Pliers about 2 months ago and I have to admit that I absolutely love them. And even though they are made for 20g wire only, I have been able to use various gauges with small modifications to the process

    • Cindy June 22, 2011 at 10:16 am

      Excellent! Thanks for sharing your results.

  • Lubica Vinicenko June 22, 2011 at 10:37 am

    perfect tools for perfect result

  • Shayna December 1, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Bought a pair of Wubbers wire-looping pliers a short while ago and have to admit some frustration. Mainly because there is only a video tutorial – inconvenient for those who can’t easily retain video instructions in their heads and then carry it to where they do their wire work. Not everyone has a computer sitting next to their crafting area and even at that, pretty hard to look at the computer and then back and forth to the work in progress. Sure would be great if Wubbers provided a printed tutorial for those who need a step-by-step in front of them while they work. Surprised that they did not provide written instructions with the tool.

    • Polly December 3, 2012 at 9:40 am

      Hi Shayna,
      Is there any way you can take the wirework, to where you watch the video?
      Most of the Wubbers work can be done in the air with a lapdesk or TV tray underneath for extra parts (or to catch any wire snips that might fall).
      A few of the Wubbers pliers (like the Wrap n Taps) do also require a hammer and block, but the wire-looping can be done anywhere. (Many people do their wire-looping while watching TV, and I’ve done my best wire-looping in the passenger seat of my car out camping, while the rest of my family is fishing!)

      • Shayna September 4, 2013 at 12:16 pm

        Thanks, Polly. Your instructions and insights on this tool are very helpful.