To get started you will need wire or purchased head pins and a pair of round nose pliers
or forming pliers
and a pair of chain nose pliers.
and optional crimping plier
These days they have a one step looper tool -
but it won't make wrapped loops, those you still have to make yourself and I'm going to give you a quick tour of how I go about making them.
To make a simple loop drop a bead onto your head pin and using your thumb bend the wire over the top of the bead in an upside down L. The bead being on the straight portion. Grab the wire between the jaws of the pliers and roll.
|Using a head pin.|
Continue rolling until it looks like a lollipop.
Trim the excess.
To make a link you'll do the same but loop both ends. Generally when making links I'll slide quite a few beads onto the wire and work from the roll. This saves time and wire.
|Using round nose pliers to make a simple loop link|
|Using Forming Pliers to make a link.|
|Making a Wrapped Loop Link|
This time we'll place our pliers next to the bead and rock it to the side. The tip of your plier leaves a little space between the bead and the bend.
Wrap the wire around the tips of your plier until you have your lollipop but don't cut the tail.
Grab the tail with your chain nose pliers and wrap it around the space beneath the loop. Wrap as straight across as you can and fill the space.
Trim the excess and tuck the end in close to the wraps with your chain nose pliers.
Sometimes wraps can be a little uneven or the tail just doesn't want to tuck all the way in. A helpful hint in these cases is to use your crimping pliers and very gently squeeze around the wraps and tail end to even them out and tuck the tail.
|Can you spot the wonky links? |
Got going too fast on those....now I have to fix them.
The links I found for the pliers had great pictures that showed the pliers tips so you know what you're looking for. I also turned myself into a contortionist so you might have a better view of the plier tips as I worked. There are a full range of product price points and you should purchase what you are comfortable spending as you will get what you pay for when it comes to pliers. I have some really nice very expensive pliers that I absolutely love, I have some mid range pliers that are very nice and fit my hand beautifully and I have regular hardware store pliers that I've owned for many many years, they all do the job I want of them. Treat your toys and tools with respect and they'll last a long time.
I thought you might like also like to see a video of a right hander so you can see the motions. I often use both hands switching back and forth without thought so I thought this might help to see it both ways.
I hope you find this helpful or know of someone who might.
Thanks for stopping by!
We'll see you next time!