Page 26      Jewelry Making with Beads and Wire -- What a Beginner Needs to Know

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How to Avoid Marking the Wire

Making a loop with Fine Step Jaw Pliers or Round-Flat Pliers is a four step process.  These four steps are described below.
 
Step 1:  Grip the wire firmly with the pliers in your dominant hand.  Position the wire in the jaws of the pliers so that only a very small amount of wire sticks out on the opposite side of the pliers.  Orient the wire so that it is perpendicular to the jaws of the pliers. 

Allowing too little wire to stick out will result in the wire slipping and marking the wire.  Allowing too much wire to stick out will result in loops that aren't round.  This will require a little practice to get it exactly right.


Step 1
Step 2:  While maintaining a firm grip on the pliers with your dominant hand, use the thumb on your non-dominant hand to push the wire up an over the round jaw of the pliers as shown at right.
Step 2
Step 3:  Relax your grip on the pliers and reposition the wire as shown at right.  It is hard to see in this picture, but the loop is open by about 1/16".  We need to reposition the wire to allow us to close this small opening. 
Step 3
Step 4:  While gripping the pliers firmly in your dominant hand, use the thumb from your non-dominant hand to push the wire to close the small 1/16" gap.  Now remove your completed loop from the pliers.
Step 4

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