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Step 1: Cut two 2" segments of 20 gauge wire. 1/2 hard wire is preferred if available. Visit here for beginner's instructions in how to cut wire.
Step 2: Now we need to make a loop at one end of the 2" wire segment. This is a multi-step process. You can view these steps in the pictures below. First, grasp the wire in your round nose pliers as shown below-left, with just a very small amount of wire sticking through the jaws of the pliers. Hold the pliers in your non-dominant hand.
Step 3: Using the thumb on your dominant hand push the wire up and over the jaws of the pliers until the wire is resting against the opposite side of the pliers. Push with your thumb as close to the pliers as possible. At the same time that you are pushing with your dominant hand, rotate the pliers a small amount in the opposite direction with your non-dominant hand. When you are done, the wire will appear as shown below, center-left.
Step 4: You will not be able to push the wire in one step to form a complete loop for the simple reason that the jaws of the pliers will get in your way. At this point there will be a slight gap in the wire, between the end of the wire and the rest of the wire. To close this gap you need to re-position the wire in the jaws of your pliers as shown below, center-right.
Step 5: Once you have repositioned the wire, push some more so that the wire forms the letter "P" with the shaft of the P in contact with the end of the loop in the P. See the picture below-left.
Step 6: Once you have a loop in the end of your wire, grasp
the wire by the loop and pull the stem of the loop through the jaws of
your nylon jaw pliers several times to straighten the wire.
You can view a
picture of how to straighten wire here.
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