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Common Jewelry Making Mistakes Continued

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Common Jewelry Making Mistakes -- Loop Not Round
Not Round
The loop shown at left is not round.  This is a common mistake that can be overcome with practice.  The cause is simple -- when making the loop at left, the wire was grasped in the round nose pliers too far from the end of the wire, leaving a long straight wire segment before the loop started.  The correction is to grasp the wire in your round nose pliers closer to the end of the wire.  This takes practice because if you grasp the wire too close to the end, the wire will slip and you won't be able to make a loop.
 
Common Jewelry Making Mistakes -- Proper, Round Loop
Common Jewelry Making Mistakes -- Marks on Wire
Marks on Wire
The wire shown at left was grasped and held with round nose pliers.  Round nose pliers almost always mark the wire where they grip the wire.  In most cases these marks are at a loop where they aren't obvious because of the bend in the wire.  In a straight segment of wire these marks are obvious and should be avoided.  Always use bent chain nose pliers to grip straight segments of wire. 
 
Common Jewelry Making Mistakes -- No Marks On Wire
Common Jewelry Making Mistakes -- Loop Not Centered
Loop Not Centered
Common Jewelry Making Mistakes -- Loop Not Round
Loop Not Round


Wrap Not Tight

There are many common errors in making wrapped loops.  One is where the wrapped loop is not centered on the wire, but is offset to one side.  Another is where the wrapped loop is distorted and not round.  Another common error is where the wire wrapped around the stem is loose or has gaps.  The skill involved in making a good wrapped loop is one of the more difficult skills in working with wire.  We describe this skill in detail in our online books, "Wire Design Basics" and "Wire Design Basics Book 2".  These books are our best source for detailed information on how to complete a wrapped loop.  In short, the corrections to the problems shown here are 1.  Check the loop to ensure that it is centered before wrapping it closed and adjust as necessary.  2.  Grasp the loop in your bent chain nose pliers as you wrap it closed to preserve the round shape of the loop, and 3.  Keep the wire tail perpendicular to the wire you are wrapping around as you wrap the loop closed.  Common Jewelry Making Mistakes -- Proper Wrapped Loop

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