Making loops and pendants
– chain nose pliers with smooth, not serrated inside
– round nose pliers
– side cutter
Put the bead(s) on a head pin.
Bend the pin with your fingers at a right angle (90°) just above the bead.
Try to make a crisp bend instead of a round bend.
Grab the horizontal part of the pin with the round nose pliers
as close to the bend as possible.
Bend the pin with your fingers up and over the top jaw of
the round nose pliers about 180° degrees.
Now grab the pin with the round nose pliers on the upper part
of the loop you have made so far.
Finish the loop by continue to push the pin in a complete loop.
Trim the excess of the pin with the side cutter at the point
where the pin starts to overlap the loop.
Cover the project with your hand when cutting of pins so they
won’t fly away and take care of the people surrounding you.
The picture above shows the result so far, as you can see the center
of the loop is not yet positioned in the middle above the bead.
Center the loop above the bead by grabbing the entire loop
with the chain nose pliers and twist it to the left or right until
it is centered above the bead (see the two pictures below).
You can follow this technique also if you want to make a loop
in the center pin at the top of a chandelier to attach the chain
of the chandelier.
If you want to make several pendants for the same project it is
important for the loops to have the same size as much as possible.
To achieve this you need to grab the pin every time at the same place
on the jaw of the round nose pliers since this place will determine
how small or large the loop will be. It can be very helpful to mark
this place on the round nose pliers with a waterproof pen
(however this mark will fade away) or by putting a small piece of
masking tape around one jaw of the pliers (this will last longer).
By grabbing the pin each time with the pin against the tape
you will get consistently sized loops (see picture below).
To check whether the pendants have the same length,
put them on a rod next to each other:
If one deviates too much compared to the others, remove it and make another one.
This may be important when the pendants are going to hang next to each other
on a chandelier for instance.
To attach the pendants on the project at hand follow the technique
of the section “how to open and close jump rings” on this website.
The above loop making technique can also be used for making
loops in wire.
Final tip: practice makes perfect!