Basic Wire Working Know-How
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Basic wire working know-how will open you to limitless jewelry making possibilities
I know, I know. Learning the basics can be soooo tedious. But you know what? You can't run before you can walk. I know as well as anyone that there is nothing more gratifying than transforming simple wire into a complex and intricate object of beauty. But before you can make the intricate beauty bits, you need to learn some fundamentals.
Wire is a really easy material to use, and its versatility is nothing short of amazing. Using only wire and some hand-tools, you can make clasps, chains, dangles, findings, charms, beads, embellishments - there are limitless possibilities.
What do I need to get started?
A few simple tools like flat and round-nosed pliers, a good wire cutter, and some sandpaper or a file are all you need to begin with.
As you get more comfortable, you can graduate to some of the more specialized tools.
Ready to begin?
Here are some basics to get you started:
Wire Gauge Cheat Sheet
How to Make a Simple Wire Loop (video tutorial)
How to Make a Wrapped Loop
Super Basic Headpins
Balled Wire Headpins
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