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Daily Wire Tip June 13: Cutting Wire Not Too Long or Short, Just Right
Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip for
June 13, 2011
Is there a formula for figuring out how much wire to cut before beginning a project? I waste so much wire cutting more than I need, trying to avoid shorting myself.
-Jill in Howard City, Michigan
Hi Jill, I am sorry to hear that you have been over-cutting your wire. Yes, there are many wire jewelry formulas available for all different types of projects!
Because I edit each of Wire-Sculpture’s patterns, I can confidently tell you that each of our pattern authors, myself included, presents these patterns with complete formulations for the featured project, and that we often include suggestions for variations of those designs. (Please check out this sample pattern for Mary Bailey’s All Inclusive Earrings.) Also, you will find the correct formula for each design taught on each of Wire-Sculpture’s instructional DVDs as well as in the printed follow-up instructions. Now that covers the team at Wire-Sculpture, and although I cannot speak for other wire jewelry pattern authors, about every magazine that features patterns, also includes the formulas.
You didn’t mention what it was you were having a challenge with measurements for, but I would also like to suggest that when you personally work out a design that you make detailed notes, charts and even take pictures so you can repeat it without any waste. In this manner you can also keep track of just how much wire you need for a specific-sized cabochon frame, a bracelet made to a special size, or anything else you may need to remind yourself of, to make your wired life easier in the future. Writing everything down is also a great way to keep track of the materials cost, too.
Answer contributed by Dale "Cougar" Armstrong
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