Hi all -- oh my my my I agree, lovely colors, looks like great workmanship too.
I myself have *zero-zilch* patience with putting lots of looped stuff on chain -- it absolutely makes me nuts. SO much so that a few months ago when I was desperately in need of a bracelet similar to that but in browns & sterling, I paid a fellow jewelrymaker 75 bucks for one she'd done ... lol!
~~ floridadreamin5 --
Do not feel bad! Do not feel like 'The Lone Stranger'! We've alllll been there too!
First of all, making nice wire or headpin loops often takes quite a bit of practice (most especially for hand/eye-coordination-challenged people like me!).
Second, remember you're doing hand-made items so some variance is perfectly okay. In fact it's often *desirable* simply because it's a hallmark of handmade. Only machines make stuff always-totally-identical, right?
Third, especially for making simple loops out of wire instead of headpins :
try "half-hard" wire, which is usually easier to work with than full-hard or dead-soft (assuming you may have been using one of those).
Fourth, sometimes it helps to try either "slightly thinner" or "slightly thicker" headpins or wire than what you've been using.
With wire, this would mean either a slightly-higher gauge number (i.e., slightly-thinner wire) or a slightly-lower gauge number (i.e., slightly-thicker wire).
With headpins though, at least, here in the US : Instead of gauge numbers, for some strange reason a fractional-inch measurement is very often used. That's 'opposite' to the way gauge numbers work: the higher-number fraction means slightly-thicker, the lower-number fraction means slightly-thinner. Just for example, a .028" headpin would be slightly thicker than a .025" headpin.
Fifth -- you 'are' using *roundnose pliers* for making headpin/wire loops, right? [forgive me if that seems reeeallly obvious, lol]
Finally -- check the wire & headpin simple-loopmaking & wrapped-loopmaking tips & tutorial (including large clear illustrations) here:http://www.beadfx.com/techniques/loops.htm
I have various books/mags plus numerous websites in my favorites file which try to show & explain the 2 loopmaking processes -- but that particular explanation is the clearest & simplest I've seen so far, The tips scattered through it are good too.
btw ... in the "simple loop" instructions I believe there's a metric measurement mentioned (beadFX is a Canadian source) : 1 cm (centimeter) = about 3/8 of an inch. For most simple loops I think you could just call it 4/8 of an inch --- in other words, a half-inch.