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Consistent Loops

When making a project that has multiple wire-wrapped loops, such as chandelier earrings, make the first loop, then use a permanent marker to mark that place on the jaw of your round-nose pliers. Use this mark as a guide for making the rest of the...

Cleaning Copper Wire

Copper wire will patina, or darken and discolor, with age. If you prefer to keep your copper wire bright, coat it with a clear sealer or polish before stringing and let dry. Soaking copper in white vinegar will help to clean it.

Hammered Wire

Add visual interest to wire creations by flattening or hammering your wire:

Finishing Wire

Beading wire can scratch the wearer if it is sticking out or not clipped close enough to the crimp. A good technique to finish a necklace so that the wire is hidden is to make sure your last bead or two are large enough for the remainder of beading...

No More Wire Blemishes

To keep your wire looking smooth and blemish free, using the right tools is essential. When making wrapped loops, using a pair of round-nose or chain-nose pliers will make nicely rounded shapes that close tightly. For jumprings that close securely...

Cutting Memory Wire

To cut loops of memory wire, use shears that are made specifically for hardened wire. Memory wire will cut into regular wire-cutter blades, ruining them. When placing beads onto the wire, it's important to keep the wire in its natural shape. Avoid...

Wire Grime

When brass or copper wire is used to make jewelry that is worn on a part of the body that has a lot of natural oils, such as around the neck, ears or chest, the wire can become coated with corrosion. This corrosion can look unsightly if the wire is...

Finishing Memory Wire

When finishing the ends, use either a basic loop or ball ends. For loops, bend the wire against the natural curve. This is easier than forcing the wire to bend into the curve. If using to finish, adhere with or similar glue to hold the balls in...

To create consistent wire-wrapped loops

To create consistent wire-wrapped loops, mark a spot on the jaw of your round-nose pliers and use it as your guide every time you make a wire-wrapped loop. A permanent marker works great, and it eventually wears off of the metal.

If you cut wire and it goes flying across the room

If you cut wire and it goes flying across the room only to be found when you step on it later, here's a tip that will catch those flying pieces. When you cut your wire, hold a damp paper towel in your hand over the tip that will fly. As you are...

You can use safety pins as your own personal wire coiling gizmo

You can use safety pins as your own personal wire coiling gizmo to create small wire coils for detailed wirework and maybe even for wire guardians.

Memory wire is tempered wire that remembers its shape

Memory wire is tempered wire that remembers its shape and retains its coiled form. It's one size fits all and comes in pre-formed necklace, bracelet and ring sizes. You don't need a clasp to connect the ends because they automatically stay in one...

To prevent loops from opening

To prevent loops from opening, use half-hard wire and slightly over close your loops to create extra tension at the opening. If that still isn't enough security for you, try making a double-wrapped loop.

How to avoid the un-centered loop

How to avoid the un-centered loop ... When you rotate your wrists as you pull the wire, you undo the right angle you are trying to create. Try pushing your wrist down slightly to counteract the natural tendency to pull up while twisting wire loops,...

Some wire spools have plastic holders to keep wire from unraveling. This makes a cute bracelet. Can be wire-wrapped, strung or glue flat back beads...

Some wire spools have plastic holders to keep wire from unraveling. This makes a cute bracelet. Can be wire-wrapped, strung or glue flat back beads ... use your imagination.
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