Cut a piece of wire about 8" (20cm) long. To begin use the nylon jaw pliers to completely smooth your piece of wire. Flush cut the end and make sure it is smooth. If you are working straight from a spool or coil of wire you need to add the Swarovski crystals before you start shaping the wire. Using your round nose pliers start a spiral by making a half circle at the very end of the wire then keep rotating the wire until it is about a 3/4 circle, now switch to flat nose pliers using the pliers to hold the beginning of the spiral and using your other hand to hold and coax the wire into a spiral shape. Holding the wire further away from the shape allows the wire to form the spiral more easily than holding it close. This spiral is about 2 complete rotations.