Making an open loop bead dangle is another technique for making an eye loop in the end of a jewelry wire component. This technique is frequently used when making a bead dangle to hang beads from earrings or necklace components. The open loop is not as strong a way to make a bead dangle (shown at left) as the "wrapped loop" technique that we will discuss later, but this technique is totally appropriate for applications like earrings where there won't be significant weight or force applied to the loop.
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Step-by-step instructions for making an open loop out of jewelry wire using common jewelry tools:
Step 1: Insert your head pin or jewelry wire component through your beads and grasp the wire immediately above your beads with your bent chain nose pliers as shown below-left. Use the tips of your pliers as you will want to minimize the amount of jewelry wire above the beads. This technique is easier to accomplish in a more consistent manner when using 1/2 hard jewelry wire.
Step 2: Using your thumb push the jewelry wire over about 90 degrees. Push the wire with your thumb as close to your pliers as possible so that you get a crisp bend (as opposed to a rounded bend.)
Step 3: Using your round nose pliers grasp the jewelry wire on the horizontal segment, but as close to the bend as possible. See the picture below-right for the orientation of your pliers relative to the bend. Grasp the jewelry wire component in roughly the middle of the jaws of your round nose pliers according to the size of the loop that you want to make.
Step 4: Using your thumb, push the jewelry wire up and over the upper jaw in your round nose pliers. Again, push the wire with your thumb as close to the pliers as possible.
Step 5: In order to complete the loop you will have to re-orientate the jewelry wire component in your pliers otherwise the lower jaw of your pliers will prevent you from completing the loop.
Step 6: With the jewelry wire reoriented in your pliers, push the jewelry wire the rest of the way around the jaw of your round nose pliers to make a full circle of wire, leaving the unused wire tail perpendicular to the jewelry wire segment inside the beads.