Tool Tip - Rosary Pliers
by Linda Gale
Rosary Pliers are a three-in-one tool that eliminates all the wasted time of switching from one type of plier to another to do a simple task: make a loop from a length of wire, add a bead, make another loop, cut the wire and close the loop.
Instructions
If you want to add a little 'pizzazz' to necklace chain, there is no easier way to do it than by adding beads. By placing even a few beads on each side of a pendant, the eye is directed to the 'star of the show' - your lovely wire-wrapped pendant. But, even without a pendant, everyone loves a beaded chain! Their possibilities for use as necklace, bracelet, earrings - and more - are endless.
Rosary Pliers are a three-in-one tool that eliminates all the wasted time of switching from one type of plier to another to do a simple task: make a loop from a length of wire, add a bead, make another loop, cut the wire and close the loop.
You work directly from the wire on the spool, eliminating the need to cut short lengths. Thread 10-12 beads on the wire, so they will be ready. Use the round nose tip of the pliers to make a loop, forming it into a "?" shape.
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Position the bead next to the eye you just made. Use the tips of the pliers to 'tuck' the end of the loop into the top hole of the bead. Then, place the tips of the rosary pliers right next to the bead, and make another partial loop.
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Use the cutting portion of the pliers to cut the wire. Then use the ends of the pliers to close the loop. To make a beaded chain - leave the last loop open and connect it to the next set of 'loop-bead-loop' that you make.
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You can also use the cutting edge of the pliers to cut lengths of chain, then add the 'looped beads' between sections of chain.

The design possibilities of beaded chain are only limited by your imagination. Enjoy experimenting with combinations of bead sizes, shapes, colors - as well as wire-wrapped sections, also!
Special thanks to Ken Paulsen, for his video tutorial: How To Make A Traditional Rosary", on YouTube.
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Materials

20 Gauge Round Dead Soft 1/10 Sterling Silver Filled Wire
H10-20D
  • Lesson Quantity: 5.00 feet
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 5FT
  • Price: $3.85
  • Gold Club Price: $2.88
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Rosary Pliers - Pack of 1
G2-32
  • G2-32
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $21.27
  • Gold Club Price: $15.95
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