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The Simple Loop or Eye-Pin

There are two types of loops used in jewellery making.  A simple loop (often used for ear rings) and a wrapped loop (used when you want strength and security).

Both types will take a lot of practice to perfect – be patient with yourself.   Once you have made several sets of ear rings (to practice the eye-pin loop) or the Sea Foam Bracelet, (to practice the wrapped loop) you will be an expert. 🙂  You can find both of these lessons in the Free Lessons.

So lets start work on the SIMPLE EYE-PIN LOOP

You will need:

~ Round nose pliers

~ Chain nose pliers

~ 0.6mm wire

~ and of course your flush cutters

Optional:

– nylon hammer

– bench block

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FLUSHCUT, CLEAN and HAMMER  a piece of wire approximately 5cm long.  If you missed the lesson on how to prepare your wire for work, click here. 

If you don’t have a nylon hammer and bench block, it is fine to just clean the wire to work harden and straighten it a little.

 

Hold the round nose pliers in your dominant hand.  Take a look at the end of the pliers.  They taper to a fine point.  When you are making a loop you will wrap the wire around this plier jaw to make a round shape.   Where you place the wire along the jaw determines the size of the loop.   If you place the wire close to the tip of the jaw it will make a small loop, while further down makes a larger loop.   Be careful not to place the wire too close to the box joint though, as you will get more of a square shape!

To make sure all of my wire wraps are the same size, I like to mark the jaw of my pliers with a permanent marker.  This way I am sure to place the wire into the same position every time, and my loops will always match.

I make my loops approximately 3mm from the tip of my pliers, but this is completely up to you.

Hold the very tip of the wire in the jaws of the round nose pliers.

Place the thumb and the index finger of your other hand just below the pliers and hold firmly.

Roll the hand holding the pliers away from your body as you begin to bend the wire.

Reposition the pliers 90 degrees so that they now grip the top of the bend.  Make sure that your other hand still has a strong grip close up to the top of the wire.

Continue to roll the pliers, at the same time bending the wire, until the loop comes full circle.

You should have formed a figure P with your wire.

Now you need to sit the round circle of the P on top of the wire like a lolly pop!  To do this we call it “breaking the neck”.  It sounds terrible doesnt it!?   But I promise it isnt nearly as awful as it sounds 🙂

Change to using the chain nose pliers.  Hold the very tips of the chain nose pliers tightly at the join of the loop….on the “stick” portion of the P.

One side of the pliers should be inside of  the loop and the other side of the pliers should be on outside.

Move the thumb of your opposite hand up close to the bottom of the loop.

Give a short, sharp snap of the pliers (breaking the neck) back towards your body so that the loop of the P now sits on top of the wire like a lolly pop.

This is called an EYE-PIN LOOP

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What can go wrong….

1.  After you break the neck your loop is left open……

This is an easy one, and very common.  When you were making the loop you held the chain nose pliers too far up the circle away from the join.

Make sure you hold the chain nose pliers as close to the join as possible to give the “neck” a sharp, close break!

You can place the round nose pliers into the loop and roll again, closing the gap.   Afterwards you will need to break the neck again, but this time you should have a perfect lolly pop :).

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The eye-pin is usually used to add a simple bead dangle to a piece of jewellery. Click here for the second part of this lesson: How to Add an Eye-Pin Dangle.

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