"Convenient, circle, connect, consistent, cut, quality," someone always says the latter and we get a good laugh, leaving me the perfect segue.
Yes, all of these! Quality wire wrapping requires consistency. And the key to consistency is learning the proper way to create a circle, connect, coil, cut, and clean. These techniques require deliberate changes in the position of your wire and your tools. Together, all of these "Cs" create a formula for the perfect wire wrap every time.
This is not a new or super-secret method for wire wrapping. Almost every artist I know wire wraps in this or a similar manner using the same ingredients. Instead, this is simply the recipe. It is my way of breaking down the entire process into memorable chunks to help you better understand what to do when, and more importantly, why you are doing it.
I value all methods of learning. If you are curious by nature as to why things work, have the desire to learn things once, or want a way to teach other people how to wire wrap, this series of articles is for you. It breaks down each step in detail and explains why you are doing it. There are also numerous tips and tricks throughout.
However, if you prefer trial and error methods of learning, this series may be overwhelming. I value this method of learning, which I call creating recklessly, as it often leads to innovation. In this case, I suggest you experiment with wire wrapping first, and then when you are ready to learn some tricks to improve your quality and consistency, come on back. You'll have an "aha" moment then, I promise.