Avoiding Hand Fatigue and Chafing

By on March 7, 2016
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by Judy Ellis, Wirejewelry.com

Wire Jewelry Tip for March 7th, 2016

Avoiding Hand Fatigue and Chafing

by Sarah Thompson

Today we have two quick tips from Sarah Thompson. If you’ve been following our blog – you’ll know that Sarah has been giving us some great tips on wire weaving. Today, we have two more quick tips on how to avoid hand fatigue and help eliminate chafing while working with your wire.

Sarah Says:


How to avoid hand fatigue:


To cut back on hand fatigue use a ring clamp. The ring clamp has leather inserts that grip the base wires without marring. This allows you to hold onto the clamp which is more ergonomic instead of the smaller wires.

Avoid Chafing on the fingers:


Because we are letting the small gauged wire run along our fingers, chafing can happen. Fabric tape is a great way to protect your fingers creating a buffer between you and the wire. It is pliable and does not restrict movement in your hands. Use the tape anywhere that the wire is bothering you.

More from Sarah Thompson:

Holding Wire for Weaving

Wire Weaving

Weaving Long Lengths of Wire

Simple Teardrop Pattern

Keeping the Kinks Out of Your Wire

Happy Wrapping!

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  1. avatar

    Linda Barton

    March 8, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    Ring clamps are great for all sorts of projects. I have recently been using Spring Clamps you can pick up at any hardware store. The small ones (mini clamps) run less than 50 cents each. They come with a plastic “sleeve” tip so your wire isn’t marred when clamped.

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    March 12, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    what is the tool you are holding?