There are many tools you can use to coil wire and make consistent sized loops. The bail forming pliers is yet another option which can help you make connectors, clasps, ear wires and jump rings.
The inspiration for this tutorial are these beautiful cubic zirconia fans from Art Bead's cubic zirconia collection. These are not flat at all and presented a design challenge! They are shaped and holed such that depending on which side you display, the fan can be broadside down or up. They are on the small side (18 mm x 12 mm) so I used the bail forming pliers to make some decorative figure 8 connectors for this wire working project. For earring inspirations check out Tammy Powley's CZ faceted fan earring tutorial.
First cut about 4 1/2 " of 20 G wire. Straighten it if necessary. Grasp the wire somewhere close to the middle.
As the bail forming pliers has 2 size loops, you can make S-clasps with them very easily. Cut a 3" length of 18G wire. Make a small loop at one end. Then wrap that end around one of the cylinders of the pliers.
Sharilyn Miller's beaded clasp tutorial. She is a bail forming pliers virtuoso! I really like how she flattens the ends of the wire before making the small loops.
If you look at the clasp tutorial pictures you will see the beginning of making ear wires! I found the bail forming pliers so easy for this task, I am going to retire my marker pen mandrel and use them instead. The wire doesn't need to be as long as you see in this picture. 2" should do the trick. Use the larger cylinder.
I used the larger cylinder but you can also use the smaller one if you prefer daintier earrings. Make 2 earrings at once to speed up the process. See this video tutorial :
Check out my past tutorial on how to make ear wires with variations for further tips.
You can also make jump rings in 2 sizes. Check my past tutorial including the video on the 3 -step loop forming pliers to follow the motions required to form the wire around the cylinders.
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