When the third X is formed, reposition the pliers so the jaws are close to this last juncture. Take the tag end of the wire and spiral it around the standing part, forming a series of four barrel wraps. To remove the remaining tag end flush to the last barrel wrap, you must break off this small piece of wire. If you simply nip it off with cutters, a sharp burr will form, which can easily slice your hand when you grab the leader. Grasp the wire with the pliers at the juncture of the last barrel wrap. If necessary, bend the tag end to form a right angle to the barrel wraps. Now bend the tag end upward, and twist slightly backward in a clockwise direction. The wire should break off cleanly with only one or two rotations.