- round nose pliers
- wire cutters
- a wire end you wish to curl
- (optional) file
(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.
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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Use what you learned here to make real wire jewelry
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