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Tips on how to make a loop

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To form a simple loop, use flat-nose pliers to make a 90° bend at least 1⁄2" from the
end of the wire. Use round-nose pliers to grasp the wire after the bend; roll the
pliers toward the bend, but not past it,to preserve the 90° bend. Use your thumb to
continue the wrap around the nose of the pliers.Trim the wire next to the bend. Open a simple
loop by grasping each side of its opening with a pair of pliers. Don’t pull apart. Instead, twist
in opposite directions so that you can open and close without distorting the shape.
To form a wrapped loop, begin with a 90° bend at least 2" from the end of the wire. Use round nose
pliers to form a simple loop with a tail overlapping the bend. Wrap the tail tightly down
the neck of the wire to create a couple of coils. Trim the excess wire to finish. Make a thicker,
heavier-looking wrapped loop by wrapping the wire back up over the coils, toward the loop,

and trim at the loop

Intructions

~~MAKING A MEMORY WIRE TUBE BRACELET 1- Cut a piece of wire just under 1 ½ rounds. 2- Cut 2 pieces of plastic tubing to about 3 3/4” each. 3- Using chain-link pliers(round nose) make a small loop at one end of the wire. 4- Place a small bead on the wire. 5- Place one piece of tubing onto the wire. Keeping the tubing bent (rounded) helps it slide on smoothly, or just “screw it onto the wire. 6- Place your choice of beads and spacers onto the wire. 7- Place the second piece of tubing on the wire. 8- Place another small bead on the end. 9- Make another loop in the end of the wire to finish. * You may have to trim the tubing or the wire to make things fit. This may entail taking the bracelet apart a couple of times. * The more quantity or larger the beads, the more open (or larger) the bracelet will be. For tiny wrists use smaller and fewer beads. The bracelet can be reshaped somewhat by pulling the wire into a smaller circle. * When finishing the bracelet, trim any excess wire, and pull the last bit of wire tightly through the beads and tubing while making the last loop. This will keep the components from looking loose on the wire. HAVE FUN!!

How to Crimp
by Soft Flex

The importance of good quality crimps: Crimps are so little, it is easy to forget just how important they are. How do I crimp?  The method we prefer is this: make a dent in your crimp tube with the bottom hole on your crimping pliers known as the "Crimper". Then, turn 45 degrees and use the "Rounder" to fold the crimp tube in on the wire. Go around the crimp tube a few times with the rounder to make sure that the crimp is tight and compact. There should be no space between the inside of the tube crimp and the wire itself. Make sure to not use too much force. Pretend like you are shaking a woman’s hand. You are not trying to smash or crush the crimp bead; you are simply molding it around the wire. 
3 step crimping instructions using standard crimping pliers
5 step crimping instructions using magical crimping pliers
The most common errors we see when using the regular crimping pliers are easy fixes: 1. Don't use a lot of force with the regular crimping pliers. As I said above, sterling is pretty soft. It doesn't take much force to compress a crimp tube. 2. Also, after you fold the crimp tube with the "rounder", go around the crimp several more times with the "rounder" gently compressing. This will allow you to mold it into the perfect shape and make sure that the crimp is snuggly attached onto the wire. Should I use crimp beads or tubes? At Soft Flex® Company, we love our crimp tubes. Unlike other crimp tubes on the market, ours have a double-walled thickness and are seamless. This means they are extremely strong and do not have the seam that finishes the crimp – which can tear into the wire. The hidden seam is also the real reason so many crimps fail. They do not offer proper hold no matter how hard you crimp them. Our crimp tubes are sterling silver or gold-filled, which means they are durable, but soft enough that they won’t damage the wire. We have found that a lot of crimp beads on the market are made from base metal – which is hard and can be harmful to your stringing material. Do I need crimping pliers? We suggest purchasing a pair of crimping pliers if you have not yet done so. A crimp finished with crimping pliers is aesthetically pleasing as well as very secure, if crimped correctly. The crimp will have a pleasant, round surface and can be incorporated into your designs as a spacer or bead. If you are using Needle nose pliers to finish your crimps, the end result will never be a uniform finish – each crimp will be unique since Needle nose pliers will not close the crimps in the same manner each time. Needle nose pliers will also cause irregular surfaces on the closed crimp which can irritate or abrade the skin. The patented crimping pliers allow for your design to be secure, while allowing the crimp bead to look and feel smoother. When using with Soft Flex® Wire and the patented Crimping Pliers, your crimps will be safe and secure. Why do my crimps keep breaking? Nobody likes to crimp that final tube on the design only to have it break. Crimps can fall apart for lots of reasons; here are a couple of pointers. Never smash your crimp harder than you would shake your grandmother’s hand. Smashing too hard will just work-harden the crimp and make it brittle. Make sure you are using high-quality crimps. Cheaper crimps might save money, but you may need to restring often if they are not up to the task. Do I need to double-back through beads after crimping? A long favored way of designing a necklace or bracelet was to take the wire and double-back through the last beads nearest the crimp. The idea was this: if a crimp failed, the doubling back would save the necklace from falling apart or give the wearer enough time to recognize the problem before the design fell apart and save it. Here is the problem - in order for the wire to fit through the final beads again, it has to be small enough for the beads to accommodate it a second time. In effect, you are now opting to make the ends more secure by making the entire piece less so. We suggest you use the largest diameter you can fit through the beads once for a more durable design. If the crimp is done correctly, it will be secure enough without having to worry about doubling-back through.

You can't make just one! these are so fun to make and wear , I like to wear 3 at a time and of course you can wear more ....

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I  make them with one of my lampwork  glass beads for the center piece,  a few sparkle rondells memory wire and colored tubing . come in for a free demo .


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