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« on: March 27, 2010 01:37:01 PM »

I want to make several necklaces with beads and lengths of chain between.   I have these small wires with a loop on one end and a straight section for beads.  My question is, when you bend the end to make the other loop, how do you make it come out nice and round?  Mine seem to be wonky.
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« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2010 01:39:21 PM »

Maybe if you post a picture we'll be able to give you advice.
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« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2010 02:52:42 PM »

OK, pic added.  I had to charge the camera battery, so it took a little longer.  Here is the wire with the loop, shown both as bare, and with a couple of beads. I need to get the end in a nice loop to put on the chain lengths.  Looking for tips on how to make them more circular - mine tend to be wonky.

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« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2010 03:40:07 PM »

Do you have round-nosed pliers?
Like these: http://www.firemountaingems.com/details.asp?PN=H201605TL
You can just bend the wire around them to create good circles. I can never judge how much wire it takes to wrap around the pliers, so mine still usually come out a little bit wonky & teardrop shaped, but I think (or HOPE!) it comes with more experience!
Here's a quick tute on how to make the loop:
http://jewelrymaking.about.com/od/wiretechniquesinfo/ss/050808.htm

Edited to add: I should have looked this tutorial over all the way- it just solved my wonky problem too!
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« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2010 01:35:34 AM »

That's a great tutorial. There are som youtube tutorials as well, but they show the same tecnique.

Good luck
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« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2010 02:14:58 PM »

TeriLynn,

Thanks, just what I needed to know.  Will see if my husband has some of those pliers, the ones I am using aren't round like those.  Thanks again for the video link!!
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« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2010 02:20:49 PM »

I don't think you'll find the round-nose pliers in the average toolbox- they don't really have a proper use outside jewelry-making. But most any craft store will have them for under $10.
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« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2010 01:31:23 PM »

Be careful about what pliers you use, some are meant for hardware type things and will have ridges that will mark your wire.  Use round nose pliers for the loop on the other end, and then it will take some practice- no one gets it perfect the first time.

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