Twisting the Wire for Footropes for Foresail Yard

I just discovered something interesting as I was making the Footropes. Rather the line that comes down from the Yard to hold the Footropes. I’ve been making this out of wire with a loop in it. Like this –

Anyway, after I make these, I will run Line through them to make the Footropes. Well, as I was twisting them, I kept having a problem with breaking the wires when I was twisting them with my Pliers. I was using these tools to make the wire twists –

But, I found that to avoid breaking the wire while you’re twisting around the scribe to make the loop. Just use your fingers to twist the wire. It does just as good a job as the Pliers and you don’t risk breaking it.

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