Tips for Using Looping Pliers

I am sure you all wonder how I get such nice, consistent loops and bends on my findings. My secret? Looping pliers! I have many, many different sizes, shapes, and styles of looping pliers(sometimes known as bail making pliers) that I use to make all sorts of bends, loops, and squiggles. Some of my very favorite stepped looping pliers are what we jokingly call “smiling cyclops” pliers, due to the “eye” made by the barrel and the “smile” made by the curved gripping jaw of these versatile tools.

Here are some tips on how to use these great pliers:Simple Loop

  • Grasp the wire as close to the end as you can, without the end slipping into the curve of the pliers.
  • Squeeze the jaws of the pliers together, shaping the initial curve of the loop.
  • Keeping the wire held tight in the pliers, firmly wrap the tail end of the wire around the looping side of the plier.
  • The loop will not me 100% closed, so re-grip the loop in the jaws.
  • Bring the tail end of the wire just a little bit more around, so the end of the wire touches.
  • Taa daa! A basic loop.

Broken Neck Loop

  • Grasp the wire as close to the end as you can, without the end slipping into the curve of the pliers.
  • Squeeze the jaws of the pliers together, shaping the initial curve of the loop.
  • Keeping the wire held tight in the pliers, firmly wrap the tail end of the wire around the looping side of the plier.
  • The loop will not me 100% closed, so re-grip the loop in the jaws and finish closing the loop.
  • Pivot the loop so that the end of the wire is opposite the left-hand curved edge(the tail of the wire will be between the end and the plier jaw) bend the tail end back until the loop is centered on the tail.
  • This is knows as a “centered loop” or a “broken neck loop”.

Squiggle With 3 Loop Sizes

  • To make a simple squiggle using all three sizes of barrel on the pliers, start by making a simple loop on a 2 3/4 inch piece of wire. I used 18 gauge.
  • Grasp the wire in the pliers, loop facing down, tail end centered on the second step of the pliers.
  • Bring the end of the wire around until the tail meets the loop.
  • Repeat with the next step of the pliers, making a new squig in the squiggle.
  • Finish by making another simple loop in the remaining wire.

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You can make all kinds of findings with a pair of looping pliers! Clasps, earwires, links, pendants, the sky is the limit. Break out your practice wire and see what you can create 🙂

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