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Description from Asia: Why I'm having trouble with the simple loop, why simple is not simple?

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  1. Crazy Chick Frida
    Crazy Chick Frida says:

    Because it’s the simplest loops of all loops? :P Practice practise and more practice. Lovely pick!

  2. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    Pretty stones! *Love* the green opal crystal.

    If you are like me, my simple loops are usually egg shaped in stead of round. Move it up to the middle of the plier nose instead of at the point. Hope that helps.

  3. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    I found that if I treat it as a wrapped loop, but use my cutters where the wires first cross, I end up with a nice loop. Took a long time to figure it out!

  4. Asia
    Asia says:

    I am using the middle and I also found that cutting the wires when they cross is the best way, they are just not consistent. First the bling now the simple loops, I’m really having a hard time with this challenge, had to go to a hardware store to clear my mind :D

  5. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    What loop is this everyone is talking about because all the different directions just got me confused.

  6. Asia
    Asia says:

    It is the simple loop, I just find that the wrapped loop is easier to do :D

  7. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Okay let me be dumb but where are you using the simple loop? Is that the one on the top of a bead?

  8. Asia
    Asia says:

    Yes, Deb, this is just the single loop above the bead :)

  9. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Oh yea…that thing can be a pain in the butt. All mine look different. I have no consistency.

  10. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    I think most people find the wrapped loop easier..I know I do! One of the ladies at my bead shop showed me how to use bail making pliers to make a consistently sized simple loop. Works every time!

    Asia, I’m going to the auto parts store tomorrow!

  11. Asia
    Asia says:

    To clear your mind like I did ;)

  12. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Yep!

  13. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    To buy a small spinning hub cap more than likely and Flava Fav herself up.

  14. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    That’s right…Boyyyzzzz! Or should I say Giirrrllz?!

  15. Asia
    Asia says:

    :D :D :D

  16. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    ZLOL 8D

  17. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Darn I didn’t get the bug eyes right again.

  18. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    :)

  19. Asia
    Asia says:

    :D

  20. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Have you ever noticed the smiley is the only face I know how to make?

  21. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    I’m taking a trip to WalMart tomorrow. To look for a “something” that I need for my re-purpose. Common item, but not anywhere in my house. :(
    BTW: I have successfully avoided WalMart for 10 months. See what you girls are driving me to!!! ;)

  22. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Walmart…eww!

  23. Asia
    Asia says:

    Poor, poor, Julie :C LOL ;)

  24. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    I try to avoid it but there is not a lot of shopping variety here in Jax.

    Ooh! People of Walmart photo Ops!

  25. foxhill designs vt
    foxhill designs vt says:

    Fun colors, Asia!
    Do you ladies have a trick for wrapped loops? I find simple loops much easier. My wrapped loops never look right.

  26. Asia
    Asia says:

    I’m not very experienced, they just work for me, but I usually hold the loop in the flatnose pliers when I do the wrap, Susie might tell you more as she is a seasoned beader, I’m just starting :D

  27. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Ya gotta love the “People of Walmart!”

    Jolene, there is a Tut on wrapped loops on the LB site….I couldn’t tell you how to make them…you just gotta watch.

  28. foxhill designs vt
    foxhill designs vt says:

    Thanks, Asia and Susie! I’ll check it out.

  29. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    Jolene, I end up doing simple loops most of the time. I find it depends on what kind of wire I’m working with. Sometimes I buy the GREAT headpins that are really pliable and they make beautiful wire wraps. Other times I find a batch of the stiff hard headpins and I can barely get a round-ish simple loop.
    Also, if I’m making something for myself, then a simple loop is fine. If somebody is looking that closely at my earrings then HE better be cute and have money!!! ;)

  30. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    Oh Asia!!! I like that… “she is a seasoned beader.” Susie: I think Asia just called you OLD!!! ;)

  31. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Wow Asia! Just saw your post. I am self taught…beading maybe 2-3 years…first half stringing things on a wire…Then needed to expand.

    Let me think how to explain….

    Take a piece of wire..I like 20 gauge…sturdy and easy to work with…take your round nose pliers and place approx 3/4-1 inch from the end. bend the wire way from you to a 90 degree angle..rotate the pliers a quarter turn so they are vertical with the wire betwen them…using your fingers, wrap the wire up and around the top jaw of the pliers…rotate the pliers 180 degrees and pull the wire down and around the lower jaw, making a loop
    …remove the round nose pliers and place the loop in your chain nose pliers..use the round nose pliers to grasp the end of the looping wire and wrap it around the main wire. Wrap it 2 or 3 times and snip it with your wire cutters. If you want a messy wrap, use more wire and wrap it many times like I do. Then string a bead and repeat the peocess. If making a chain, add the next component before completing the loop.

    Don’t know if that makes sense, but it’s what I do, and I did it as I tried to explain. Hope it helps! Use your round nose pliers to reshape the loop as needed.

  32. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    I dunno! Am I old?

    I also use my crimping pliers to “tuck in” the end of the wire!

  33. foxhill designs vt
    foxhill designs vt says:

    It makes sense. I think I just need to practice more. :) Thanks!

  34. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Practice DOES make perfect! And wrapped loops really ARE easier than plain ones once you get it…

  35. Asia
    Asia says:

    Susie, those crimping pliers are brilliant, I’m also self taught as I comprehend the written instructions better than spoken, plus I work crazy hours sometimes no time for classes :D

  36. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Here’s another thing, ladies, the artistic wire is slipperier than most. There is a product called Tool Magic that is basically liquid latex. Dip your pliers in and let it set overnight and you have a thin latex coating on the tips to hang onto even the slipperiest wire.

  37. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    Here’s how I get consistent simple loops:
    1. Put whatever your design calls for on the headpin.
    2. Put an 8mm bead on top.
    3. Snip off excess wire that sticks out above the 8mm bead.
    4. Remove the 8mm bead (it was just there to get a consistent length of wire to make your loop).
    5. Grasp end of wire with round-end pliers; bend so the wire makes a 90 degree bend just above you beads.
    6. Twist your wrist to curl the wire into a circle. If the circle ends up too small or too large, unroll reposition the pliers and re-roll. With practice you will automatically grasp the wire at the right spot.
    In fact, with practice, you call do steps 5 & 6 at the same time….

  38. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    Asia, love the soft muted colors of your pick! Thanks for all the advice on “looping”!

  39. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Where do you get this tool magic Becky? I’ve never seen it. Is it in the tool or paint dept. of either lowes or home depot?

  40. Asia
    Asia says:

    Deb, you can buy it at the bead stores, or on line :D

  41. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Oh cool. I need some. I hate when the pliers slip because every time the bead falls somewhere and I spend the next 5 minutes trying to find it.

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