Wire wrap jewelry is a beautiful art form that has spanned thousands of years, and it's easy to begin your own wire wrap journey. Read on for more information on how to begin making your own wire wrap art and wire wrap jewelry!
As with any new project or hobby, you want to be sure you have the right tools before you begin. When working on a wire wrap project, this rings especially true. Nothing is more inconvenient or frustrating than when you're in the middle of creating your wire wrap jewelry and realize you don't have the right type of pliers the jewelry pattern calls for! Here are some basic wire wrap tool tips to get you started.
If you're a beginner in wire wrap jewelry, you can get by with a few simple pairs of wire wrap pliers, wire cutters, and a wire twist tool. wirejewelry.com has a great selection of wire wrap pliers to get you started.
For even the most basic wire wrap project you will need flat nose pliers, chain nose pliers, round nose pliers, and nippers or cutters. You may also find you like using 3-step round nose pliers. Mandrels are very helpful in creating wire wrap jewelry. They assist in sizing so that your creations fit perfectly the first time; they come in jump ring, ring, bracelet, and even neck shapes.
If the pattern calls for you to twist your wire, there are a couple different ways to accomplish this. You can manually twist with a wire twist tool, such as a pin vise.
This is a small vise, resembling a short pen, which holds one end of the square wire while you hold the other end with flat nose pliers. Simply turn the wire twist tool, and you've made a twisted wire for your wire wrap jewelry!
Another way to twist jewelry wire is to use a wire wrap gun, or automatic wire twister. These are basically cordless screwdrivers, or drills. They hold one end of the wire just as the wire twist tool does, but instead of manually turning the tool, the automatic wire twister turns the jewelry wire on its own, very quickly, speeding up the process and allowing you to move on to the next wire wrap step in record time.
The best way to begin a wire wrap project is to simply dive in! Grab your wire wrap tools and jewelry wire and prepare to "Get Twisted" with some free wire wrap videos. Wire wrap is easy to learn, and with a small investment in good wire wrap tools, you'll be on your way!
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