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

^Berand anvil. Wire that's hammered flat Hhs awftole n-j.v land very classy) look. An Itehousehold hammer will work fine; a ball ^Mnmef (the kind with the round knob oppo-^Mt'NHIng surfacei -¿Ids more weight and thus H«nanvil is handy, To hammer metal flat, you blftat Mxking suiface that won't yield or chip. MUtfananvu. look around the house for other u items insi will flit the bill.

^Knsary for putting a sharp point on the end hkkinfi * wire loop

■(I you kOA I'cv. to do this, you can make most •fe pw; In this chapter.

IHfgtftamiio;* pliers bend the wire into a right ^^■rju re working with wired beads (on a head HfetiBMRici, leave enough room above the top Hfc to or three wraps of wire. See Figure 1.

^■HHemunOnose pliers, grasp the wire close

FIGURE 1

FIGURE

FIGURE 1

FIGURE

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.

DESIGN:

Pat Poole-Frank

MAKING A WIRE SPIRAL

The spiral is a classy way to keep a bead from falling off the bottom of a wire.

1 Using round-nose pliers, form a loop in the bottom of the wire.

2 Using chain-nose pliers, grasp the loop across its flat surface. Turn the loop sideways, creating a spiral. See Figure 5.

QUICK DROP EARRINGS

For instant earrings, you need only beads, head pins, and findings.

First string a few beads on a head pin (or on sever al head pins). Now check the loops on the findings.

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It they can be opened, twist them open- An wrapping and closing the loops on the wad slip them into the earring loop, and close it;

If the loops on the findings are soldered the first bend for the head pin loop. See (page 45). Slide the finding's loop along 1« end until it snaps into the half-formed loop, ish wrapping the head pin loop.

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