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One of the most used skills in jewelry making is the skill of making a loop. There are essentially two types of loops, the most basic or a "P" loop, and the "Eye" loop. A "P" loop earned its name because it looks like the letter P. Making the P loop is accomplished by grasping the jewelry wire near the end with your round nose pliers and twisting the pliers while gripping the wire firmly. Continue to twist the pliers and with the pliers, the wire, until the end of the wire touches the wire tail. You may need to reposition your grip on the wire to complete the P loop. For detailed pictures and instructions in this technique visit our jewelry making instructions and pictures of how to make a "P" loop here.
Once you understand how to make a P loop, you need to understand how to make the loop in different sizes. This is really quite simple. Grip the wire closer to the tips of your round nose pliers and you will make a smaller loop. Grip the wire closer to the hinge in the pliers and you will make a larger loop. As you become proficient in making loops, you will learn to grip the jewelry wire in the same location on your pliers to make the same size loop.
The next type of loop to learn in jewelry making is the eye loop. Making an Eye loops begins by making a P loop as described above. After you complete the P loop you grip the wire near the tips of your round nose pliers, at the point where the end of the wire touches the wire tail on the inside of the loop. Then bend the wire back so that the wire tail is centered on the center of the loop. Visit here for jewelry making instructions and pictures of how to convert a "P" Loop to an eye loop.
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learn these skills. We have tried in these pages to discuss the skills necessary
for making jewelry in the detail that beginners need. We also suggest that
beginners to making jewelry might need to visit the
University College of Jewelry Techniques for additional
information about some of the skills and techniques shown.
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