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  • by Patti Bullard

    Patent-pending Wubbers Looping Pliers allow you to create perfectly wrapped loops, every time.  Designed specifically for use with 20-gauge wire, they are easy and comfortable to use. 

    •           SUPPLIES          

      20-gauge wire

      Wubbers Looping Pliers

      Wubbers Chain Nose Pliers

      Flush Cutters

      Beads

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                MAKING AN EYEPIN          

       

                STEP 1          

       

       Flush cut the wire and align the end of the wire with one side of the pliers.  Squeeze the pliers to begin forming the loop.

       

       

       

      To make sure the loop is perfectly rounded, press the pliers together over the end of the wire to form it over the round jaw.

       

       Continue rotating the wire around the round jaw until you have formed a closed loop like the one below.  

       

       

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                STEP 2          

       

      To center the loop on the wire, we call the next step "breaking the neck."

       

      With the loop on the round jaw, place the point where the wires meet against the edge of the jaw, as shown above.  

       

       

       Squeeze the jaws closed, and pull the wire down so that it centers the loop over the wire.

       


      You now have a perfectly centered loop that can be replicated again and again.

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                LINKING BEADS WITH EYEPINS          

       

                STEP 1          

       

      Make an eyepin as shown in the above section, then grasp the wire with the jaw of the plier against the bead.  Give the wire a squeeze, which will put the first bend in the wire.

       

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                STEP 2         
       

       

      Rotate the pliers up slightly to allow room to cross the wire.  Pull the end over to make a closed loop.

       

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                 STEP 3         

       

       Use flush cutters to cut the wire just past the point of the wires crossing.  The wires will overlap at this point. 

      Next, reinsert the looping pliers and "break the neck" of the wire, which eliminates the overlap and centers the loop over the wire.

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                WIRE WRAPPED LOOPS          

                 STEP 1         

       

       

       

       Place the jaws of the pliers approximately 1.5" down from the end of the wire.  Squeeze the jaws to put the first bend in the wire, which will be a little less than 90°.

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                 STEP 2         

       

       

      Pull the long wire down to "break the neck".  Bend the short wire down so it is almost touching the long wire.

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                STEP 3         

       

       

      Reposition the loop slightly so the long wire is perpendicular to the back of the jaw.  Cross the short wire over the long wire.  Using the chain nose pliers, wrap the short wire around the long end 2 to 2.5 times.  Wrapping tightly will guide the wire into a perfect coil.

       

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                STEP 4         
       

       

       

       

      Trim with flush cutters.  Use the chain nose pliers to press the end against the coil if needed.

       

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                STEP 5         

       

       

      After threading the bead on the wire, rest the pliers against the bead, making sure the loops will be facing the same direction. 

      Squeeze the pliers to put the first bend in the wire.

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                STEP 6         

       

       

      Pull the bead down to "break the neck" of the wire, then pull the wire down to touch the bead. 

      Reposition the pliers up slightly to allow room for the wire to cross over.

       

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                STEP 7         

       

       

      Cross the wire over, then use chain nose pliers to wrap the wire to fill the space.

       

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                STEP 8         

       

       

      Trim the end with flush cutters, and press the end against the coil with flush cutters if needed.

       

       

       

       

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