In this tutorial the barrels of the 6-Step Barrel Pliers are numerically labeled from smallest to largest. A barrel size will be referred to by number in the tutorial. Bend the wire as shown around the appropriate barrel of the 6 step barrel pliers. 20 gauge on Step 1, 18 gauge on Step 2, and 16 gauge on Step 3. While the wire is still on the plier barrel, use flat nose pliers to pinch the wire ends together making a cotter pin shape.
The wire tails do not need to be even in length but should cross over each other and touch at that point. If they do not touch, a ball will not form with the two wire tails but on the two separate wires. If the wire tails make an upside down V, the balled wire "bead" will be closer to the upper ring. If the wire tails are close together, they will ball in more of a teardrop shape.