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Open Loops

Instructions for making a beaded open loop jewelry wire component using common jewelry making tools:

Making Eye Loops out of jewelry wire using common jewelry tools.

Making an open loop bead dangle is another technique for making an eye Open Loop Jewelry Making Technique -- Completed Bead Dangle made using common jewelry tools and supplies.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. 

We have two free You Tube videos that will be helpful in learning to make open loops.  Please view these videos by selecting one of the links below.

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. 

Open Loop Jewerly Making Technique Step 1 showing gripping the jewelry wire component in common jewelry making tools. Open Loop Jewerly Making Technique Step 2 showing grasping the jewelry wire component in bent chain nose pliers jewelry tool. Open Loop Jewerly Making Technique Step 3 showing holding the jewelry wire component in common jewelry making tools.
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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.

Open Loop Jewerly Making Technique Step 4 showing using jewelry tools to shape jewelry wire.

Open Loop Jewerly Making Technique Step 5 showing jewelry wire during shaping in common jewelry making tools.
Step 6 to making an open loop bead dangle using common jewelry tools and jewelry supplies.

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Step 7:  At this point we need to visually inspect the loop and ensure that it is centered.  If it is slightly off center, insert the loop fully in your pliers and twist it one way or the other until the loop is centered over the vertical wire segment above the beads.

Step 8:  Now we are ready to cut the excess wire.  Orientate your flush cutter so that the flat side of your cutter is toward the finished wire component and cut the excess jewelry wire at the point were it overlaps the beginning of the loop.

Step 9:  After cutting the excess jewelry wire the loop will be slightly open as shown below for step 8.  We need to close this opening.  This is done with your bent chain nose pliers, grasping the loop and twisting so that it is closed.  The finished, closed loop will appear as shown at right.  You could also close the loop using loop closing pliers. 

Step 7 to making an open loop bead dangle using common jewelry making supplies and jewelry tools. Step 8 to instructions for making an open loop bead dangle using common jewelry making tools and jewelry supplies. Open Loop Jewelry Making Technique -- showing bead dangle made from common jewelry supplies using common jewelry tools.
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Summary of jewelry making instructions:

This is an important technique to learn.  Once you can make the open loop bead dangle, you can then connect the bead dangle to an ear wire finding and you will have made one earring.  An open loop is different from a wrapped loop in that it is not as permanent.  You can add an open loop to earrings and later remove the open loop jewelry wire component from the earrings without destroying the component.  With a closed loop, once the loop is wrapped closed it can not be opened again without destroying the entire jewelry wire component.

 

 

 



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