Cutting is Cutting, or Not.
by Kristal Wick
Wrong! Flush cutting is critical when you're doing wirework and I've taught many students why it's so important.
Instructions
I first started noticing many students telling me their jump rings or loops wouldn't stay shut. That's odd, I thought, and began investigating. After carefully watching them in action, I noticed these students were not using a flush cutter to make the cut straight across the wire when making their own jump rings or loops. The example below shows the bottom cut with a flush cutter and the top cut with another type of cutter (angle), clearly not flush cut.
Kristal Wick's Cutting is Cutting, or Not. - , Tools For Wire Jewelry, Tools, non flush cut
What most likely happens in the long run after you've made your jump rings or loops and have a finished piece of jewelry, is the wire end can have a slight gap that grows over time and comes undone. BAM! All your goodies in that jump ring or loop ends up on the floor ruining your day. So, you want to make sure your loops are securely closed as seen in the bottom loop of the picture below.
I know, I know.... we all get in a hurry and don't want to pick up another tool just to cut wire, but trust me, you'll be glad you developed this habit. And if you've been having issues with jump rings or loops staying closed, try these cutters and see what a huge difference they make!
Kristal Wick's Cutting is Cutting, or Not. - , Tools For Wire Jewelry, Tools, flush cut

Materials

10 Gauge Half Round Dead Soft Copper Wire
H11-10HRD
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  • Price: $4.14
  • Gold Club Price: $3.11
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18 Gauge Square Dead Soft Copper Wire
H11-18SQD
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  • Price: $1.36
  • Gold Club Price: $1.02
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Tools

Wire Jewelry Tool Kit
G15-1
  • G15-1
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  • Price: $49.97
  • Gold Club Price: $37.48
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Xuron Flush Cutter - Pack of 1
G2-504
  • G2-504
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  • Price: $20.97
  • Gold Club Price: $15.73
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Economy Flush Cutters - 5 Inches Long
G2-59
  • G2-59
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  • Price: $4.57
  • Gold Club Price: $3.43
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5 inch Plato Slim Flush Cutters for Wire Working or Beading - Pack of 1
G35-3
  • G35-3
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  • Price: $9.57
  • Gold Club Price: $7.18
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  • Category: Tools
  • Technique(s): Tools