Daily Wire Tip Oct. 29: Beginning Wire Jewelry Tools

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Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip
October 29, 2009

Question:

What types of pliers and other materials are needed for a beginner to get started making wire jewelry?

Answer:

The supplies needed to begin making wire jewelry depend on what ‘style’ the student is interested in learning to do. What I call ‘the basic four’ tools include flat-nose, chain-nose and round-nose pliers, and a good pair of wire cutters, are essential for about all styles, with the exception of chain maille where two pair of chain-nose are helpful and flats are optional. A good way to determine what gauges and shapes of wire are needed would be to look at patterns for the style you are interested in learning and follow what the author/designer uses, as each pattern was developed using certain techniques and each choice a designer made is for a specific reason. If you are interested in one particular style you will begin to notice similarities in the materials used. This will give you a good idea of what supplies you would need for whatever style you choose to learn.

Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong

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2 Comments

  1. avatar

    Les.Fisher

    October 29, 2009 at 10:50 am

    justa little help with wire working

  2. avatar

    Jessie Adams

    October 30, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    I also include in my essentials a pair of flush cutters and a round pencil ( very useful for making earwires)

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