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Loops - "P" using Round Nose Pliers

Making a "P" Loop out of jewelry wire using the Round Nose Pliers jewelry making tools:

Making "P" Loops in jewelry wire using common jewelry making tools.

The first technique or skill for making jewelry wire components that we will discuss is how to make a "P" Loop.  The "P" loop is called a "P" loop because it resembles the letter "P".  This is one of the most basic skills required in making jewelry.  You can view a properly made "P" loop at right.  The steps for making almost all jewelry wire components begin by making a "P" loop.

Jewelry Making Supplies Required:

Jewelry Making Tools Required:

  • 18, 20 or 22 gauge jewelry wire
  • Nylon Jaw Pliers
  • Round Nose Pliers

Jewelry Making Skills Required:

  • Ability to stranghten jewelry wire using the nylon jaw pliers jewelry tool.
  • Ability to cut jewelry wire using the flush cutter jewelry tool.
  • Ability to make a "P" loop in jewelry wire using the round nose pliers jewelry tool.

Step-by-step instructions for making a "P" Loop in jewelry wire using the above set of jewelry tools:

Step 1:  Begin making a "P" loop by grasping a straight segment of jewelry wire with your round nose pliers.  Grasp the wire so that only a very small amount of wire shows on the opposite side of your round nose pliers as shown at left.

Step 2:  While holding the wire firmly in the jaws of your round nose pliers, push the wire around the jaw of your pliers as far as you can until the jaws of the pliers prohibit you from pushing any further. 

Step 1 to instructions for making a P Loop out of jewelry wire using the round nose pliers jewelry making tool. Instructions for Making "P" Loops out of Jewelry Wire Step 2 showing gripping the wire using jewelry tools.


Instructions for Making A "P" Loop out of jewelry wire Step 3 showing jewelry tools holding the loop.
Step 1 Step 2 Step 3

Instructions for Making "P" Loops out of jewelry wire using the round nose pliers jewelry tool.Step 3:  If you look very closely at the wire in your pliers you will note the the loop has a very small opening where the rounded wire piece does not touch the straight wire piece.  We need to close this small gap or opening.  We do this by repositioning the wire in the jaws of your pliers so that you will have plenty of room to push the wire and close the small gap.  Slide the loop as far down the jaws of your pliers as you can and firmly grasp the wire.  Push the wire so that the gap is closed.  The resulting "P" loop should have straight wire connected to the rounded "P" with almost no gap between the start of the wire and the straight wire segment that forms the backbone of the "P". 

Summary of instructions for making "P" loops in jewelry wire using the round nose pliers jewelry tool: 

This is one of the most basic skills used in making jewelry with jewelry wire and beads.  Almost all jewelry wire components made on our WigJig jewelry tools begin with a loop made out of jewelry wire.  It is very important to learn to make loops in jewelry wire in many different sizes.  Practice of this jewelry making skill will allow you to become consistent.  We suggest that you view our video instructions on this jewelry making skill by selecting the link above. 

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