I never mastered curling my hair by using the clamp on a curling iron. I'm just not coordinated enough.
Instead, I simply wrap a section of hair, away from my face, around the barrel without using the clamp.
I decided to turn my curling iron into a wand by removing the clamp and the spring all together.
All you need to transform your curling iron into a wand is a screw driver and about 1 minute of your time.
P.S. I have a Conair 1-1/4 inch curling iron, which is the perfect size to create loose waves.