BEADSMITH-One Step Looper Tool
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- Trim and loop embellish head and eye pins!
- Will bend and trim wire between 26 to 18 gauges
- Contains one looper tool
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BEADSMITH-One Step Looper Tool. Trim and loop embellish head an eye pins! You can create and trim eye pins in one motion. Works with dead-soft or half-hard precious metal wire, craft wire and copper or brass core wire. This package contains one looper tool that will bend and trim wire between twenty-six to eighteen gauges. Imported.
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I have only made 6 bracelets so far (2 with the small looper and 4 with the large looper), but each loop consistent and perfect. I love, love, love this tool. No way will I go back to making loops by hand again.
I have also found that with a little manipulation, bypassing the cutter on the tool, (bending wire around the post), I can leave a tail on the wire to wrap around the loop. Not exactly fast, but achievable.
IMO everybody that makes jewelry should have this in their toolbox.
I have been creating jewelry for 15+ years, and I can make very nice eyepins without a tool. However, I was hoping to get the job done quicker and with absolute uniformity. What a disaster. I'm happy it works for so many other users, but for me this tool is a piece of junk, and I never say that about something unless it's completely useless.
Because it cuts and forms the loop, you cannot use it quite like the Swanstrom looping pliers. I love and use them, too, but for clean and consistent eyepin loops, this one is easier and far faster to use.
I want to address an issue people have been having with this tool. many people have mentioned that when you use it there is a quite noticeable space between the bead and the second loop. This is true. However, I have developed a little technique to reduce that gap greatly. It takes a little more time, but the results are very nice. open the first loop by about 1mm before you make the second loop. I know a lot of people don't like the open loop but I need to do it anyway to connect the beads together. Here is a detailed breakdown of what I do:
You Will Need:
-The 1 Step Looper
-Wire or an eye pin
-Round nose pliers or rosary pliers
1) make 1 loop using your wire or just grab an eye pin
2) Using the pliers, twist open that first loop so it's offset by about 45 degrees from it's original position. *This is super important because this allows your bead to butt right up against the curve of the loop and helps compensate the space needed to make the second loop.*
3) Position your wired bead to make the second loop. Be sure to press it right up against the left pincer that molds the loops. * it helps to lift the bead and wire away from the back slightly so you get get it flush with the pincer. I also recommend using a shorter wire so you don't have to thread it through the other end of the pliers. This lets you maneuver the bead easily*
4) Press the pliers to make the second loop.
5) Use round nose pliers to close and adjust the loops
I find the simple act of opening the first loop by 45 degrees shifting up the bead into the opened loop makes all the difference. Also make sure you butt the bead right up against the left pincer as well. This really helps in making a snug fit with the second loop. It does take a bit of practice, but it works great every time! I hope this helps someone out.
To conclude, I love this tool greatly. It allows a wounded noob like me to make really professional looking jewelry with a little amount of practice. I Can't recommend this tool enough!