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« Reply #40 on: March 13, 2010 01:13:41 PM »

craft show today - so i'm going shopping for jewelry making supplies. Your tutorial came just in time! THANK YOU
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« Reply #41 on: March 13, 2010 07:39:39 PM »

tutorial #2 - making a closed loop

closed loops, like open loops, have advantages and disadvantages. two advantages of a closed loop are, 1) they are much stronger than open loops, and 2) they can have a very professional look to them. a disadvantage of closed loops is it's kinda a pain to add them to pieces where you can't open the chain or jump ring to slip them on. (more on that next post)

okay, here we go!

you'll start off this one with your round-nose pliers. grip the bead about a little less than 1/4" from the tip of your pliers, and as close to the bead as you can get. no need to measure - it's not an exact science!


bend the wire about 45 degrees over one side of the pliers


then switch your pliers position by rotating your pliers up to grip the wire right after the bend, instead of flush against the bead


bend the wire most of the way around the pliers


as with an open loop, switch the position of your pliers (this also helps hold the loop steadier as you make the final bend)


complete the loop, pulling the tail of the wire 90 degrees to where it emerges from the bead (let's call this the "core" wire)


switch pliers! use your flat-nosed pliers to grip the loop you have just made


okay, now comes the tricky part: holding the loop firmly with your flat nosed pliers, pick up your round pliers with your other hand, and begin bending the tail around the core wire. be sure you're bending in the proper direction, you don't want to re-open your loop!


continue wrapping the tail around the core wire until you've reached the top of the bead


position your flush cutters as close to the core wire as possible without actually cutting the core


you'll see you have a little bit that sticks out (red arrow). no matter how close i think i get my cutters, i always have that little bit left!


just take your flat-nosed pliers and squeeze it in tight


there you go! all done!


on the next post, i'll talk a bit about attaching it to your project. thanks for being patient, i hope these help!
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« Reply #42 on: March 13, 2010 07:54:40 PM »

tutorial #2.5 - attaching closed loops to a project

there are two ways to attach your closed loop to a project. the important thing here is to look at what you are attaching your bead to. if you can open your chain or jump ring, you'll have a different procedure than if you can't. some chain links or connectors are not able to open, so you'll have to attach your bead in progress. hopefully the pictures will help here.

if your project has open links (chain, jump rings, etc.):

using both round and flat pliers, open up the jump ring (or chain link) you'd like to attach your bead to


slip on your completed closed-loop bead


then use both pliers again to close the ring or link. when it is closed properly, it should kind of 'snap' into place.


if you cannot open any rings or links, follow this procedure:

during the process of making your closed loop, after you have bent the wire most of the way around your round pliers, before changing the position of the pliers, slip your ring or link onto the wire

then complete your loop.

when you are getting ready to wrap the tail around the core, make sure your link or ring is still in the loop. the easiest way to do this is to keep the link/ring on the opposite side of the pliers from where you're wrapping. hopefully the picture makes more sense than my words!


then go on to complete your loop as normal.

okay, the next full tutorial is for bails and wire work. most of the beads you'll find in a store, and the kins i've been working with for the last two tutorials are top-drilled beads, which just means the hole goes from the top to the bottom. occasionally you'll find side-drilled beads, and i can teach you how to make a bail for those, as well as covering discs with decorated wire.

thanks for paying attention to my long posts! let me know if i can clear anything up further.
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« Reply #43 on: March 13, 2010 08:07:41 PM »

wow. who knew i was doing the closed ones right all along! thanks for the tutes, can't wait for the next one!
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« Reply #44 on: March 14, 2010 12:17:48 AM »

I'm loving the tutes!!
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« Reply #45 on: March 14, 2010 10:23:14 AM »

Depending on when this swap was, I would love to do it!
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« Reply #47 on: March 14, 2010 02:36:41 PM »

Depending on when this swap was, I would love to do it!

give us your input, when would it be good for you?
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« Reply #48 on: March 14, 2010 02:42:38 PM »

I dont know when it would be good for anyone else, but I could participate whenever it opened as long as the mods would let me. I am currently in my first swap for craftster, I have participated in other swaps in other places a lot but it is my first here, so if that one is not completed by the time this swap starts I couldnt participate unless the requirement for already having one completed swap was waived.
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« Reply #49 on: March 14, 2010 03:36:48 PM »

Well, I am currently in three swaps...send outs for two of them are before the end of March, and send outs for the other are not until the end of April. After that would be good, because I am a student, I want to leave some time to take a breath in between homework and crafting! The beginning of May would be the best time for me... Grin
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