How To Make Round Wire Curls

Ever wonder how other wire jewelry artists are getting those really round curls on their ends? In the following free tutorial, I show you one way to make those round curls on the ends of your wire.

 

You will need:

  • round nose pliers
  • wire cutters
  • a wire end you wish to curl
  • (optional) file

Step 1: With round-nose pliers, grasp the end of your wire.

(Note: It’s easy to dent your wire with round-nose pliers – grasp firmly but lightly)

 

Step 2: Turn about 2/3 of a circle, bracing against your thumb.

 

 

Below, here’s what we have after doing the 2/3 turn.

 

 

Step 3: With wire cutters, snip off just the end of the curl, at an ANGLE.  The end will taper to a point.

 

 

The photo below shows what we have so far. The orange dotted line depicts the direction of the cut angle.

 

 

Step 4:  (OPTIONAL) File the cut end so the taper is smooth.

 

 

Step 5:  Grasp (not hard!) cut end of curl with the tips of your round-nose pliers, and turn a bit. Allow the plier tips to slip off the cut end, forming a nice round circle.

 

Below, here’s our nice round curl.

 


Step 6: If you wish, you can take it further by re-positioning your round-nose pliers on the side of the curl opposite the tapered end, and curling the wire further into a swirl.

 


And your end curl is finished!

 

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