There are many different techniques out there for making loops the same size. There's the "draw-on-your round-nose-pliers-with-a-sharpie"method, the "eyeball-the-length" method, just to name a couple of the more popular techniques. When starting out making simple loops I tried many methods and still had issues, so I came up with this tip and have been looping my life away ever since! This is great when you want to make a pair of earrings or numerous components with the same size loop. If you desire larger or smaller loops, simply add the appropriate size (4mm or 10mm) for your desired outcome.
Load up your wire with your components. (For this example I hammered the end of a 2" piece of 20 gauge wire and loaded a 4mm crystal, 8mm crystal and a 4mm crystal).
Add any 8mm bead or pearl on the top of your components.
Cut the excess wire sticking up past the 8mm bead.
Remove the 8mm bead and make your simple loop with the wire left behind. Repeat for each component in your design ending up with all the exact same loop size.
Internationally award winning designer, teacher and official Swarovski Instructor, she resides with her 2 puppies, Sparkle and Bling in beautiful Colorado. Kristal's fashion endeavors include designing & creating jewelry for the Jimmy Buffet Band backup singers & dancers; appearing numerous times on HGTV, PBS and JTV and teaching on cruise ships worldwide.
The author of 4 books: Metal Clay 101 for Beaders, Foxy Epoxy, Fabulous Fabric Beads Sassy Silky Savvy; 2 DVDs: Mixed Media: Beaded Bracelets with Fiber Beads and Crystals, Resin, Wire Mixed Media: Jewelry Making with Handmade Beads, Crystals, Resin, and More! Past editor of BeadingDaily.com, her designs have been featured in over 85 publications. Kristalís jewelry has been represented in galleries spanning the globe including Santa Fe - Canyon Rd. Alaska, Cayman Islands, Italy, Germany & the Virgin Islands.
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