How to make a “U” turn bend.

By on February 10, 2014
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by Judy Ellis,

Live from Tucson 2014

Tip for February 10, 2014

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Today’s tip comes to us from Albina Manning

How to make a sharp “U” turn bend using crimp pliers for things such as a clasp.

Use a crimp plier to make a perfect parallel bend for wire. Using chain or flat nose pliers can squish the wire. Instead use a crimp plier for a perfect bend.


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    Jill Duncan-Jack

    February 10, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Fantastic Tip! Thanks so much for sharing, I think this will make my life easier!


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    Deborah Glasser

    February 10, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    I use my crimp pliers a lot. When I have a stubborn cut end on a wrapped bail or pendant any wrap that needs to be closes and tight. I use the pliers to finish the roll wrap. It does not flatten the rolled end but solves the problem of a wire sticking up off the end of the rolled wrap.

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    February 13, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    I would love to see exactly how she was using the crimp pliers to make that bend. Is the wire between the ends of the crimp pliers and then hand bends it? Not sure as there wasn’t anything written just a snap of the bent wire.

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    May 3, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    I have the same question as Helen. A video would be nice. There’s no way to tell how it’s done from a still picture. Thanks!