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The first technique or skill for making wire components that we will discuss is how to make a "P" Loop. The "P" loop is called a "P" loop because it resembles the letter "P". This is one of the most basic skills required in making jewelry. You can view a properly made "P" loop at right. The steps for making almost all jewelry wire components begin by making a "P" loop.
Begin making a "P" loop by grasping a straight segment of wire with your round nose pliers. Grasp the wire so that only a very small amount of wire shows on the opposite side of your round nose pliers as shown at left.
While holding the wire firmly in the jaws of your round nose pliers, push the wire around the jaw of your pliers as far as you can until the jaws of the pliers prohibit you from pushing any further.
If you look very closely at the wire in your pliers you will note the the loop has a very small opening where the rounded wire piece does not touch the straight wire piece. We need to close this small gap or opening. We do this by repositioning the wire in the jaws of your pliers so that you will have plenty of room to push the wire and close the small gap. Slide the loop as far down the jaws of your pliers as you can and firmly grasp the wire. Push the wire so that the gap is closed. The resulting "P" loop should have straight wire connected to the rounded "P" with almost no gap between the start of the wire and the straight wire segment that forms the backbone of the "P".
On the following web page we will discuss some common mistakes in making "P" loops.
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