Cutting Wire Multiples of the Same Length
by Judy Larson
I make most of my own headpins and ear wires that are used in my designs. I don't know about you, but I really don't like to have to think about where to cut a piece of wire. When using a ruler, your brain is conditioned pay attention to all the markings and search for the one needed before cutting. This may not seem like much, but that little bit of extra time times many multiples of what you are making can add up.
Instructions
Cutting mistakes can happen The old adage of measure twice, cut once did not come about for no reason. Make it easier on yourself by drawing  a line the length needed-make sure to add start and finish marks-on a piece of paper to use as a length template. I decided to time myself and cut 25 pair of ear wires with a ruler and 25 pairs using the template. Using the template, my time was cut by more than 1/3. 
Judy Larson's Cutting Wire Multiples of the Same Length - , General Education, , cutting multiple wire lengths
I keep three ring binders with notes on things I make repeatedly as well as designs I might want to recreate at a later date. I find I don't need to look for that information as often if I make a few notes to refer to on the small sealable bags I keep the findings in. It is then so easy to replicate those items, as well as to know what wire gauges I might need to re-order if running low. 
Judy Larson's Cutting Wire Multiples of the Same Length - , General Education, , cutting multiple wire lengths
Judy Larson's Cutting Wire Multiples of the Same Length - , General Education, , cutting multiple wire lengths

Materials

20 Gauge Round Half Hard .925 Sterling Silver Wire
H8-20H
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 5FT
  • Price: $14.25
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Tools

C.H.P Milano Italian Flush Cutter, 5 1/2 Inches
PLR-487.00
  • PLR-487.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $16.97
  • Gold Club Price: $12.73
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  • Category: General Education
  • Technique(s): General Education