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■tfitton to the basic jewelry-making tools ^Badon page 12—wire cutters, round-nose pli Mpgctalrmse pliers—you'll need the following.

^Berand anvil. Wire that's hammered flat Hhs awftole ne* land very classy) look. An household hammer will work fine; a ball ^Mnmer (the kind with the round knob oppo-^Mt'NMIng surfacei -¿Ids more weight and thus Hmanvil rs handy. To hammer metal flat, you blfte wofking surface that won't yield or chip. MUtfananvu. look around the house for other u iwms 'hat will flit the bill.

^Knsary for putting a sharp point on the end

HkKINfi * WIRE LOOP

■(tiou t^Of I'cv. to do this, you can make most •fe pw; In this chapter.

|HfgttairHio;e pliers bend the wire into a right ^^■rju re working with wired beads (on a head HfetiBMRlei, leave enough room above the top Hfcfa or three wraps of wire. See Figure 1.

^■HHemuntHrase pliers, grasp the wire close

FIGURE 1

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FIGURE 1

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to the right-angle bend. With your other hand, wrap the wire around the top jaw of the pliers. See Figure 2.

3 Remove the pliers, then reinsert them with the lower jaw inside the loop. Again, using the other hand, wrap the wire around the pliers. See Figure 3. If the loop is off center, use the pliers to bend it upright.

4 Hold the loop firmly with your chain-nose pliers. With your other hand, wrap the wire around the neck of the loop until you are almost to the top bead, keeping the wire at a right angle as you wrap It. See Figure 4.

5 Cut the wire end as closely as possible and tuck the end into the remaining space.

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Pat Poole-Frank

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