Working with Long Lengths of Wire
by Abby Hook
Working with long lengths of thin wire (eg 28-gauge) can be very tricky as it seems determined to get itself in a tangle, then you run the risk of kinks forming.
Instructions
To avoid this happening, I use a ramekin (a type of small dish) with gently fluted sides, turned upside down. I hook the length of wire around the dish, as I pull
the wire and as it shortens and tightens, it slips off the top of the dish. This stops the wire twisting on itself, forming a loop, which then pulls into a kink. It also reduces the amount you need to handle the wire, thus reducing the wire hardening so much as you work.
Alternatively, you could do the same thing with the handles of your pliers, by positioning them so that they overhang your bench, hooking the wire round the handle as you pull.
Abby Hook's Working with Long Lengths of Wire - , General Education, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, keeping wire untangled
Abby Hook's Working with Long Lengths of Wire - , General Education, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, keep wire untangled

Materials

24 Gauge Round Half Hard .925 Sterling Silver Wire
H8-24H
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Chain Nose Wire Plier
G2-508
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  • Category: General Education
  • Technique(s): Weaving