Daily Wire Tip August 3: Wire Wrapping “To Show”

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Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip for
August 3, 2011


Dale, I have seen your reference several times in describing how to do certain wire performances as wire “to show,” but I have no idea what that means. Could you give an explanation? Thanks.

-DeLane in Bentonville, Arkansas


Hi DeLane, the term "to show" refers to how many wraps to put on during the construction of a wire jewelry piece.

Let’s say you are using a half-round wire to wrap a bundle of square wires together and the directions say "4 wraps to show." This means that on the back of the bundle, where the wrap wire begins and ends, you can see 5 wrap wires (including both ends) and on the front you will see 4 wraps: these are the wraps that "show."

It is simply my way of cutting down on wordiness in a written pattern or while giving oral directions to a live class. Thanks for asking!

Answer contributed by Dale "Cougar" Armstrong

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    August 3, 2011 at 8:50 am


    That threw me as well when I first started taking classes from Dale. You always have to remember there is a front and back to your bundles…lol

    Scrimshaw Mary

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    August 3, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Thanks, Dale, the phrase makes sense to me now!

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      August 3, 2011 at 3:08 pm

      You are welcome DeLane!