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Step 8: Insert the stepped jaw of your step jaw pliers into the two loops. This will require you to push the wire back into the raindrop shape. Grip the wire firmly in the jaws of your pliers. If you don't have step jaw pliers you can use round nose pliers but because of the conical shape of the jaws of the round nose pliers, the resulting wrap will not be quite as neat.
Step 9: Now, with your pliers in your non-dominant hand, push the wire tail with the thumb on your dominant hand so that the wire tail wraps around the "neck" of the raindrop two full turns.
Step 10: Remove the wire component from your pliers and it will appear as shown at right. Cut the excess wire with your flush cutter at the point where the wire extends beyond the edge of the wrapped wire from step 9. This will leave a very small end of the wire raised and not flat like the rest of the wrapped wire.
Step 11: Now using your bent chain nose pliers squeeze the cut end of the wire gently until it lays flat against the rest of the wire component.
Step 12: This completes your Raindrop Wire Component. The next steps in making these earrings will be to support the beads in the center of the bottom of the raindrop.
Step 13: Cut a segment of fine gauge wire about 2 to 2 1/2 inches long. For this project, 1/2 round wire works best, but if you do not have 1/2 round wire you can use 22 or 24 gauge round wire. Make a "U" shaped bend about 3/8" from one end of this wire.
Step 14: Position this "U" shaped bend on one side of your raindrop wire component as shown.
These instructions continue on the next page as we add beads to this component.
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