Free instructions for making a bead dangle jewelry making component out of jewelry wire and beads.
Making an open loop bead dangle is another technique for making an eye loop in the end of a wire component. This technique is frequently used when making a bead dangle to hang beads from earrings or necklace components. The open loop is not as strong a way to make a bead dangle (shown at left) as the "wrapped loop" technique that we will discuss later, but this technique is totally appropriate for applications like earrings where there won't be significant weight or force applied to the loop. In addition to viewing these instructions here, please view our WigJig Video 4 on Making a Bead Dangle by selecting here.
Step 1: Insert your head pin or wire component through your beads and grasp the wire immediately above your beads with your bent chain nose pliers as shown at right. Use the tips of your pliers as you will want to minimize the amount of wire above the beads. This technique is easier to accomplish in a more consistent manner when using 1/2 hard wire. See the picture above-right.
Step 2: Using your thumb push the wire over about 90 degrees. Push the wire with your thumb as close to your pliers as possible so that you get a crisp bend (as opposed to a rounded bend.)
Step 3: Using your round nose pliers grasp the wire on the horizontal segment, but as close to the bend as possible. See the picture at right for the orientation of your pliers relative to the bend. Grasp the wire in roughly the middle of your round nose pliers according to the size of the loop that you want to make.
Step 4: Using your thumb, push the wire up and over the upper jaw in your round nose pliers. Again, push the wire with your thumb as close to the pliers as possible.
Step 5: In order to complete the loop you will have to re-orientate the wire in your pliers otherwise the lower jaw of your pliers will prevent you from completing the loop. See the picture below-left
Step 6: With the wire re-orientated in your pliers, continue pushing the wire until you have completed the loop as shown below-center.
Step 7: At this point we need to visually inspect the loop and ensure that it is centered. If it is slightly off center, insert the loop fully in your pliers and twist it one way or the other until the loop is centered over the vertical wire segment above the beads. See the picture below-right.
Step 8: Now we are ready to cut the excess wire. Orientate your flush cutter so that the flat side of your cutter is toward the finished wire component and cut the excess wire at the point were it overlaps the beginning of the loop.
Step 9: After cutting the excess wire the loop will be slightly open as shown at left. We need to close this opening. This is done with your bent chain nose pliers, grasping the loop and twisting so that it is closed. The finished, closed loop will appear as shown at right.
Our jewelry making instructions continue with instructions on how to make a wrapped loop and with other techniques for making an open loop. The wrapped loop is very popular in making wire components because it is strong and can be used essentially in any jewelry component. Please visit our instructions for these jewelry techniques.