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How To Use a 3-Step Wire Looping Pliers Tutorial

Debbie, my friend and co-instructor was the first to buy the 3-step wire looping pliers. She loved it so naturally, I got myself one!

It's a handy tool to have if you already have the six most useful tools I wrote about and wish to pick up more tools. If you cannot make consistent wire loops, then perhaps this tool will solve your problems.It will also save you money as you can make your own jump rings.

One side is like a round nose pliers but with three ridged edges to create 3 sizes of loops or rings. The other side is concave so the loops remain round when being formed. There are several makes available.  These tools does take practice to use. Judging from the negative comments on Amazon, it's likely because people don't know how to use it. So here is a tutorial on how to use one. (I am right handed so you'll have to work in reverse if you are a leftie).

I've also created a new video tutorial as it might be easier to understand how it works if you see one in action. There is no sound (apart from my tool clunks!) - still working on improving my video technique!


1. When you need to make a loop as for earring dangles, first place the pliers so the lower edge of the concave side sits right on top of where you want to make a loop. If you need space for more wire wrapping, then place the lower edge higher.

2. Next squeeze the pliers' jaws together and you will see the wire curve as it is squeezed against the concave side. Now bring the wire over the other jaw as you would normally with a round nose pliers. You can adjust the tilt of the loop at this point or later after you complete the wire wrapping for the earring dangle.

3. Have fun making all sorts of loops!


1. Cut a length of wire - I use 22G for the demo - and grip the tip. It's very important to have the stepped part at the top or right as in the picture. That's because you're going to coil it anti-clockwise by moving your pliers to the right.

2. Keep turning the pliers and keep a grip on the wire with your thumb and forefinger. When the tip appears, make sure you keep it on the left and include it by sandwiching between the jaws as the coiling progresses.

3. Also important is the firm pressure exerted by the fingers holding the wire. The thumb should press down whilst the forefinger should keep pushing the coil towards the ridge.

4. Slow and steady and voila! You have a coil which you can use to cut into rings.

5. If you are cutting up the coil for jump rings, make sure you remember to hold the flush cutter so the flat side is the one that is giving you the flush edge. The cut edges are not as good as saw cut rings but making jump rings this way is a lot quicker. You can remove the tiny burs by hand filing or tumbling the rings.

6. You aren't limited to making jump rings. This is a quick way to make some short coil beads for all sorts of projects.

I do receive a small fee for any products purchased through affiliate links. This goes towards the support of this blog and to provide resource information to readers. The opinions expressed are solely my own. They would be the same whether or not I receive any compensation.

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  1. Hi. Amazon lists this article as out of stock may not be available again. Do you know of another supply source. Preferably Canadian. Thanks Bea

  2. I have one of the cheaper 3 step pliers (other jaw flat not concave) but I love it. It's true, making wrapped loops with it needs a bit of practice.
    But it's such a handy tool and I wouldn't want to work without it.

    I like your video tutorial. Would love to see more of them.

  3. Hi Bea,
    Try They are a great online Canadian retail store and they do carry the 3 step pliers. If you live in the Toronto area, you can visit their store too.

    Hi Kasi,
    Thanks for taking the trouble to let me know you liked the video and would love to see more. I will indeed try!

    Please also check my hubpages - click on the Free Tutorials link at the top of my homepage.


  4. Great tutorial and the video was great...I actually didn't miss the sound as your demonstrations were close up and clear!!


  5. That's good to know sound wasn't necessary. Frankly I cannot demo, film and talk all at once. I can only do two of those things at a time!

    On balance I prefer viewers to concentrate on the visual and not have also listen as well.

    Voice overs afterwards are a problem too because I dislike my voice!

  6. Great tutorial Pearl! Consistent loops have always been a problem for me, I might need to get a those pliars!

  7. Thanks for the tutorial. I have one of those tools and it just sits there. I need the instruction I guess. No longer have an excuse for not using the tool. Thanks,

  8. There are so many possibilities beyond beading for this tool! I have entered the giveaway at The Beading Gem's Journal
    Not so much for beading purposes but for all the other things I can think of. I <3 tools!

  9. I read the how use article you wrote and enjoyed. I would love to win one of the tools that Evie is giving away this week end for the September 5th and 6th Extravagnza Sale sponsored by TEAM ESST. With the told and your Tutorial I feel confidant I can learn to use the tools. Thanks for doing this promotion and Tutorial.

  10. have you tried using this to coil/loop stainless steel 22gauge memory wire? i plan to get one of these to end memory wire with a loop. i read that you used 22gauge also for your demo but will memory wire in stainless steel make it not do-able?

  11. Sherikream - I used soft wire. Stainless steel is tough to work with. Memory wire is worse. You will find it very, very difficult to coil it like in the video.

  12. Great tutorial! I use the 3-step pliers. I would add, that on the earrings I make, I do a double loop for the hook end to prevent it ever coming apart. I make the double loop, spread it slightly open with a razor knife, feed the hook onto the loop, they re-crimp the coil tight again. Tail Jewelry

  13. This is the best ever..I just bought a pair of 3 step looping pliers and and I do know how to basically use them, this answers all of my questions..
    Thank a Mill..

  14. Thank you Pearl for the Tutorial,going to buy the pliers and give it a try.
    By the way i love TUTORIALS!

    Have a great day,Doris

  15. Hi Pearl Blay
    I am new into making jewelry. I am on my baby step. Love your web site, it is full of great tutorial and ideas.
    I am interested in purchasing 3-step wire looping pliers. How do I purchase it?

    1. Try your local bead shop. Or you can try online here (there are several brands) (affiliate link)


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