Making wire jewelry is so much more fun when you know exactly what you're doing - and what to do when things go wrong!
Learn Basic Techniques
Learning some basic wire working 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 about making wire jewelry.
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. Did I mention I love making wire jewelry?
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:
How to Open and Close Jump Rings Properly
Learning how to open and close jump rings properly is one of the most basic and fundamental of all jewelry making techniques. Learn how to do this technique properly once and for all
How to Make a Wrapped Loop
One of the most versatile of all basic wire working skills. Learn how to make a wrapped loop and my top 3 reasons for loving the wrapped loop.
Want to learn making wire jewelry components? Start with some dangly bits. Learn how to make your own eyepins to hang stuff from other stuff.
Free Wire Gauge Cheat Sheet
Get confused about what wire gauge to use when making jewelry? What gauge do you use for making a bead link? What gauge is good for wire-wrapping? It's all here on this cheat sheet.
It's one of the free downloads you get when you subscribe to the "I'm Making Jewelry in My Jam Jams" Newsletter
Making balled wire headpins is sooo easy, and kinda fun! These step by step instructions will walk you through it. Don't let the flame scare you. If you can cook something on the stove, you can do this.
Wire Work Secrets: Wire Wire Pants on Fire! My e-book filled with wire tips, tricks, techniques, and troubleshooting solutions for beginner to intermediate jewelry makers. Making wire jewelry made easy, fun, and easy and fun.
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Related Books and Supplies
Here are some great books to check out if you're interested in learning more about making wire jewelry. We've set you up with some tools of the trade, too! ;)
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