One of the most commonly used techniques in jewelry making is turning a loop at the end of a head pin. For long time beaders this a skill which you have most likely mastered, but for new beaders, this can lead to frustration. We know that when we started it was often difficult to determine exactly how large the loop would turn out and often ended up with loops in various sizes.
- Spare Wire (should be the same gauge as headpin)
- Headpin(s) (needs to be a larger gauge to hold the loop, preferably a 22 or 20 gauge)
- Round Nose Pliers
- Wire Cutters
Turn a loop at the end of your spare wire by holding the tip of the wire flush with the Round Nose Pliers, and rotate the wire in one movement. Make sure the loop is an appropriate size for the bead(s) and adjust or re-do if necessary.
Insert the end of your round nosed pliers into the loop to measure where on the pliers you will be turning your next loop.
Using a sharpie, make a mark on the pliers.
Uncurl your loop, measure the length and mark your ruler.
Now you are all set to go! Using the marks you made on the ruler and pliers you will be able to make the same sized loops time and again. Simply put your bead on the head pin and use your marked ruler to measure and cut of the excess.
Make a 90° angle.
Place the end of the cut head pin at the mark on your pliers and turn your loop!
Now you can apply this technique to any wire working project!