Making a Simple Loop



Step 1
Pliers bending wire

Using round-nose pliers, grip the wire above the last bead added in your design or about 3/8 inch down from the end of a length of wire. Bend the wire to a 90 degree angle.

Forming the first loop:

Step 2
Pliers looping wire

Grip the tip of the wire with the end of the round-nose pliers, leaving very little wire peeking through the barrels of the pliers.

Step 3
Pliers looping wire

Rotate your wrist away from your body, while using the tip of your thumb on the other hand to push on the wire below the pliers, forming a loop. The placement of your thumb will help keep the angle sharp and the loop circular. Turn the wire into a loop.

Step 4
Completed first loop

If necessary, adjust the loop so it is centered.

Forming the second loop:

Step 1
eye pin with two beads

Slide bead(s) onto your created eyepin from Step 4.

Step 2
Pliers bending one side of the pin

Using your bent-nose or chain-nose pliers, bend the wire to form a right angle as close to the bead as possible.

Step 3
Wire cutters trimming long side of wire

Using side-cutting pliers or the cutting part of your rosary pliers, remove any excess wire, leaving approximately 1/4 inch of wire.

Step 4
Round nose pliers

Examine the tips of your round-nose or rosary pliers. Find the area that is approximately 1/8 inch away from the end. Depending on how fine or thick of a point your round-nose or rosary pliers have, you might need to adjust the distance in order to achieve the same size loop.

Step 5
Pliers gripping loose end of wire

Grab the very end of the wire at a point approximately 1/8 inch down from the tip of your round-nose or rosary pliers.

Step 6
Pliers forming a loop

Roll the wire around the tip of the round-nose or rosary pliers to form a complete circle centered over the wire stem.

Step 7
Pliers gripping looped wire

To open or close a loop, using your bent-nose or chain-nose pliers, gently lift the loop up from the closed side making a small space to insert your next loop. Do not pull the loop straight out or the round shape will be distorted.

Step 8
Pliers connecting two loops

Insert another loop or earwire. Close the loop back to its closed position using your bent-nose or chain-nose pliers.

Step 9
Pliers squeezing the top of the loop

To make sure the tip of the wire forms a secure loop, use your bent-nose or chain-nose pliers and gently squeeze the loop to ensure it is securely closed. Or if you have them, you can use a pair of loop-closing pliers. This ensures the loops won't separate while you're wearing your design.

Helpful hint: to make the piece look more finished, make your loop so it closes on the same side as your original loop when using eyepins.

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