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Jewelry  Making Terms -- P

"P" Loop A "P" loop is a loop made in wire where the loop is on one side of the wire.  The shape of the loop and the wire makes this look like the letter "P", hence the name.  Select the picture at right to navigate to our beginner's instructions on how to make a "P" loop.  See instructions for how to make a P loop here. P Loop Jewelry Making Component
pavilion The pavilion is the lower sloping portion of a cut and faceted gemstone.  See the picture at right.  Select here for more information on the portions of a cut and faceted gemstone. Gemology - Jewelry Making Terms for Making Gemstone Jewelry
pliers Pliers are hand tools used for bending, grasping or shaping wire.  See also round nose pliers, chain nose pliers, bent chain nose pliers and step jaw pliers.  See our pliers here. Pliers Jewelry Making Tools
pinch bail A pinch bail is a jewelry making finding used to turn a gemstone or bead into a pendant.  The pinch bail is pinched closed with the two prongs in the hole in a gemstone or bead to create the loop at the top of the pendant. 
pony beads Pony beads are beads that are generally cylindrical in shape with a larger hole.  These beads are frequently used for wearing in ones hair.  Pony Beads
polishing Polishing is the process of smoothing the surface of an object.  With jewelry wire polishing results in a shiny appearance and can remove minor tool marks or blemishes. Frequently polishing involves using a mildly abrasive polishing compound to remove a thin layer of material.  Polishing Cloth for Jewelry Making
pressed glass
(beads)
Pressed glass is a technique for making glass beads.  This technique involves shaping heated glass in a mold to create beads.  Because of the process for making pressed glass, these beads tend to have a rounded shape and are less expensive than cut glass beads.  Pressed Glass Beads
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