How to Use a Wire Jig

by Arbel, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and BeadsĀ®

A wire jig offers you the ability to make great shapes from wire and to make them consistently.

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  • Paper
  • Marker
On a piece of graph or plain white paper, draw the placement of your pegs. Once you're familiar with the jig, you can skip this step and just place the pegs into your jig.

The top diagram is the wire jig with paper pattern. Place the paper over the jig and insert the pegs into the holes as illustrated in the bottom diagram. Note the different size peg used in the design on the left-hand side.
Make a loop on the end of your wire. Place the loop over the first peg.
Wrap the wire around the pegs.
Remove the shapes from the pegs and adjust as needed. Note how the end of the earring finding is bent slightly at the tip; how the end of the wire is wrapped twice under the first loop in the center shape; and how the waves were compressed to make a tighter shape--these are just suggestions; let your creativity shape your wire designs!

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