Needle-nosed pliers (large & small)
Nylon jaw pliers
Steel bench block
Take your wire and wrap it around your smaller-sized round-nosed pliers. Make a 90 degree bend in the wire at the base of the pliers. Begin wrapping the end without the bend around the straight wire end.
Finish your wrapped loop, trying to keep the wire as tight as possible.
Turn your loop upside down and add a bead to your wire. Hold the link by the finished loop and make a 90 degree bend in the other end of the wire, leaving room for the wraps.
Wrap the wire around the pliers, making sure the bend stays at the bottom of the pliers.
Finish wrapping the loop and trim the excess wire.
Here's what your loops will look like now: in need of flattening.
Using your old nylon-jawed pliers, gently squeeze each loop until they flatten out evenly with your wraps.
Loops after flattening with the nylon-jawed pliers.
To shape the loops, place the loop on the larger round-nosed pliers. Using your thumbs, push down on both sides of the wire, stretching the loop into a perfect circle.
Place the loop on a steel bench block and gently flatten the top of the loop with the chasing hammer, then turn it around and flatten the other side.
And there you have it - perfectly loopy loops!