Quick and Easy 1-Step Looper Tutorial

May 10, 2013

I love jewelry with lots of sparkly adornment, but making simple jewelry loops can be tricky. Creating matching loops with the perfect shape requires skill and time. It’s little wonder the “1-Step Looper” is so popular — this magical tool makes consistent loops in one quick and easy step. In fact, the process is so quick, you might miss it if you blink.

Here are visual micro steps so you can see exactly how the looping pliers work.

The 1-Step Looper jewelry making pliers for making simple looped beaded dangles.

The 1-Step Looper works with head pins, eye pins and wire sized from 26 to 18 gauge, in both precious-metal and plated finishes.

To use the 1-Step Looper start by inserting a beaded head pin in the pliers' jaw.

Place a bead onto a head pin, slide the head pin into the pliers, and insert the excess wire through the hole in the pliers upper jaw.

Squeezing the handles of the 1-Step Looper jewelry pliers will cut and shape the wire end.

Gently squeeze the pliers to trim and shape the wire.

Continue squeezing the 1-Step Loopers' handles to form a perfect loop on your crystal charm.

Continue squeezing the pliers’ handles to form a perfect loop.

Use your index finger to create a slight bend in the wire between the crystal and the loop.

Before releasing the handles, gently press the wire downward to form a slight bend below the loop.

After forming the perfect beaded dangle with the looping pliers, release the handles to release the beaded charm.

Release the handles to release the beaded charm.

It takes just minutes to make dozens of crystal dangles with the 1-Step Looper pliers.

The 1-Step Looper is not only quick and easy to use, but it’s fun to use! It takes just minutes to make dozens of beaded charms (or links).

Embossed Vintaj Brass pendant with weather copper patina finish and sparkling Swarovski crystal dangles.

With the 1-Step Looper, all your handmade jewelry can sparkle!

Make things!


[Editor’s note: Rings & Things is happy to ship the Original 1-Step Looper Tool and the 2 newer, larger sizes, anywhere in the world — but it keeps selling out, so if you see it in stock, don’t hesitate!]

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  • Pam D May 10, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Oh my! Love it – I must have!

  • Tamera Davis May 29, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    Check out this web site. It is my Esty store. This necklace I used the 1 step looper and it was child’s play! So easy, easy on hands, easy uniformity, and makes this kind of work fun. The best tool I have purchased to date!

    • Polly May 29, 2013 at 1:49 pm

      Hi Tamera,
      Those are very cute little bees!

  • Sheilah Burrows June 5, 2013 at 7:13 am

    Tis would save soooo much time……where can I get one of these???? Help please…I live in a remote northern community and need to order on line as it it 8 hours to the nearest small city… Thanks for your help! Cheers, Sheilah

  • Christina Davies July 17, 2017 at 11:56 am

    Can you use it with wire to create loops on both sides of the beads? Instead of a head pin

    • Polly July 18, 2017 at 9:24 am

      Hi Christina,
      Yes, you can! The original 1-step looper works with 18-gauge to 24-gauge wire. With the thinner gauges of wire, you may need to finish closing the loop manually (with a regular set of jewelry pliers) but 99% of the work is already done: all the loops are the same size, and they are nice and round.
      There are 3 sizes now, the original 1.5mm loop and 2 larger loops sizes: http://www.rings-things.com/Products/Wire-Wrapping-and-Looping-Pliers/