Convenient Tools for Making Consistent Loops
by Kylie Jones
Some jewelry designs require that loops are all a certain size. So how do you make sure your loops are the size you want?

For most jewelry designs it is fairly easy to guess-timate the size a loop needs to be. This becomes easier as you get more experience. Eventually you find that it becomes almost second nature to know where you need to put the wire on your round nose pliers to get a certain sized loop.
Instructions
In my chain maille designs sometimes I want a certain size loop so it fits with the other jump rings in the design. The easiest way to do this is to use a jump ring or a loop that you already have that is the size you want. This loop can then be placed on your round nose pliers and you can mark the spot that you need. Marking the spot with a sharpie or other permanent marker saves time and ensures that your loops are uniform. You can mark the metal jaws or like this set of round nose pliers you can mark the nylon. These marks can be removed fairly easily by simply rubbing lightly with a paper towel or fine sandpaper or wiping with rubbing alcohol.

If the loop you want to replicate is already attached to a design and won't go on your pliers you can use verniers or calipers to measure the inside diameter of the ring and transfer that to the round nose pliers.
Pro Tip: Using jump rings and pieces from other projects is a great way to work out the size of the loops you want to make.
Pro Tip: Sometimes the loop you want to replicate will already be attached to a piece of jewelry. Calipers or verniers can measure the inner diameter of a loop and transfer this measurement to your round nose pliers.
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Dual Size Round Nose Plier
G2-719
  • G2-719
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
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  • Price: $34.95
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Digital Calipers With Stone Holder by Euro Tool
GAU-179.00
  • GAU-179.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $39.97
  • Gold Club Price: $29.98
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Round/Flat Nose Nylon Pliers with Single Nylon Jaw
PLR-846.00
  • PLR-846.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $13.97
  • Gold Club Price: $10.48
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  • Category: Tools
  • Technique(s): Making Loops