Saturday, June 21, 2008

Basic Wire Work Jewellery Making Technique

1. Cut a four inch piece of wire (size depends on your preference).
2. Grip the wire at the end. The wire should not extend beyond the pliers. It is sometimes helpful to mark your pliers about one eigth of an inch from the tip to remember where to begin your loop.
3. Hold the stem of the wire with your fingers and roll the wire toward your fingertips, keeping pressure on the stem to hold the shape of the angle.
4. If you are unable to turn your wrist any further, release the wire, keeping them in the loop, rotate backwards and turn a bit more until the loop meets the stem.
5. You have completed the first loop.
6. Place a bead on the wire.
7. Repeat steps 2, 3 and 4.
8. By attaching several more of these links you can create a beautiful bracelet, necklace, or earring link. Remember when opening or closing a loop twist it, do not spread the circle open.

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