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Eye Loops - Round Nose Pliers

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Instructions for making an eye loop in jewelry wire using common jewelry tools:

Eye loop made in jewelry wire using common jewelry tools.

The next looping technique or skill we will discuss is how to make eye loops in jewelry wire.  With this technique an eye loop is made by first making a "P" loop and then modifying it with your round nose pliers.  Eye loops are very popular because the loop is centered on the wire leading to the loop.  Aesthetically this is more pleasing than a "P" loop for most jewelry applications. 

 

 

Jewelry Making Supplies Required:

Jewelry Making Tools Required:

  • 18 or 20 gauge jewelry wire, about 3 inches per eye loop
  • Nylon Jaw Pliers
  • Flush Cutter
  • Round Nose Pliers

Jewelry Making Skills Required:

  • Ability to make a "P" loop in jewelry wire using round nose pliers.
  • Ability to straighten jewelry wire using nylon jaw pliers.
  • Ability to cut jewelry wire using a flush cutter. 
  • Ability to bend jewelry wire using round nose pliers.

Step-by-step instructions for making an eye loop out of jewelry wire using common jewelry making tools:

Step 1:  To make an eye loop, first make a "P" loop in a straightened segment of 18 or 20 gauge jewelry wire. 

Step 2:  Grasp your "P" loop with the tips of your round nose pliers as shown below left (Step 2).

Step 3:  Then twist your pliers whileholding the wire as shown below-right (Step 2). 

Step 4:  Frequently you will find that making an eye loop using this technique will cause the loop to open up slightly.  This is normal.  To close any gap that opens, use your bent closing pliers and gently squeeze the eye loop so that the gap is closed. You can find instructions on how to close a loop with bent closing pliers by selecting here.

Step 2 to instructions for making an eye loop out of jewelry wire using common jewelry tools. Step 3 to making an Eye Loop using jewelry wire shaped by common jewelry making tools.
Step 2 Step 3

You can view more pictures on how to make an eye loop here.

We have even more pictures on how to make an eye loop here.

Finally, please select here for our free instructional video on making loops including eye loops.

Summary of jewelry making instructions:

Making an eye loop using common jewelry tools is a very important jewelry making skill.  We use this technique a lot because the eye loop is symetrical and probably more aesthetically pleasing than a "P" loop. 

 

 



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