In general, I like it- the directions are simple and it's easy to use. It says it can be used for 20, 22 and 24 gauge wire and works well with the 20 gauge sterling silver wire I use. Since I paid just a pittance for it, I'm happy. This makes simple, basic wires, which I do use for a lot of my earrings. Here's a youtube video showing how to use this tool. And now for my list of the good and bad.
- Easy to follow directions.
- Works for the 20 gauge sterling wire I use.
- Tends to pop out of the contraption. Hold in gently at the tail end.
- Loop for bead is not round, it is more teardrop shaped. The picture on the package shows a nice round loop, but I have not been able to achieve that.
- To make loop rounder (instead of teardrop shaped), wire should not be pushed all the way to the end of the tool.
- Wire can be cut to the suggested 2 inch size, or use a long piece of wire and cut to length after it is shaped. If wire is cut to 2 inches, the 'tail' at the back end is rather longer than I like. If cut afterwards, there is little wire waste.
- Wire is a little hard to remove- placing a fingernail under it as shown in their instructions is pretty well essential.
- There are a lot of moving parts- we'll see how long it lasts!