Making Perfect Simple Loops
by Denise Peck
When you're making bead links, or dangles, the first side is easy. Just slip your bead on your eye pin or head pin and the bead sits flush against the end. But how do you make a perfect simple loop on the other side, and get it to match if you're making a link?
Here's a foolproof way to get your loops snugly against the other side of the bead.
Instructions
Slip on your bead and trim the wire to about an inch.
Denise Peck's Making Perfect Simple Loops - , , , string on bead
Denise Peck's Making Perfect Simple Loops - , , , cut wire to one inch
Grasp the very end of the wire in the jaws of the round nose pliers at the point of the size loop you want. You should not be able to feel the wire extend beyond the jaws with your finger.
Denise Peck's Making Perfect Simple Loops - , , , flush in pliers
Start to roll the pliers to make a loop, and when the loop is complete, if it does not sit snugly against the bead, continue rolling the pliers to coil the wire on the pliers. Continue coiling the wire until the coil sits right against the bead.
Denise Peck's Making Perfect Simple Loops - , , , coil down to the bead
Carefully trim off excess loops so only one loop remains sitting snugly against the bead.
Denise Peck's Making Perfect Simple Loops - , , , matching simple loops
If you're matching a loop on the other side, to create a link, measure the first loop by slipping it onto your round-nose pliers. Take a Sharpie and make a mark on the jaw where the loop sits. Then create the other side loop at that mark.

Materials

20 Gauge Round Half Hard .925 Sterling Silver Wire
H8-20H
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Tools

Acculoop Precision Round Nose
PLR-741.00
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3 Step Wire Looping Plier for Wire Wrappers
G2-153
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C.H.P Milano Angled Flush Cutter, 5-1/4 Inches
PLR-489.00
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  • Category: Findings
  • Technique(s): Making Loops