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Among the first steps in jewelry making is straightening the jewelry wire. This step is mandatory because jewelry wire is sold in coils or on spools and develops a natural curl as a result of the way it is packaged.
There are many jewelry tools to help in straightening jewelry wire. One of the simplest and easiest to use is a piece of leather. Fold the leather in 1/2 and use it to hold the wire. Pull the wire through the leather several times while squeezing the leather in your fingers. A jewelry tool that I prefer to use instead of leather, is nylon jaw pliers. Instead of pulling the jewelry wire through leather, pull the wire through the jaws of nylon jaw pliers while squeezing the pliers closed. Select here to view pictures of how to straighten wire using nylon jaw pliers.
Sometimes when jewelry making you will find the the jewelry wire is too slippery to allow you to get a good grip for pulling the wire. Should this be the case, you may find that it will be easier to pull the wire if you make a loop in one end and hold the wire by that loop while pulling it. Page 5 in these Jewelry Making Beginner's Pages will provide instructions on how to make a loop.
We also have detailed pictures of how to straighten wire in our online book "Wire Design Basics".
Finally, you can view the four steps in straightening wire with nylon jaw pliers below:
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part of WigJig University - College of Jewelry Designs. We
try to provide interesting jewelry projects using beads, jewelry wire and
other jewelry supplies. We
hope that these pictures will provide you enough information for you to
learn these jewelry skills. We have tried in these pages to discuss the skills necessary
for making jewelry in the detail that beginners need. We also suggest that
beginners to jewelry making might need to visit the
University College of Jewelry Techniques for additional
information about some of the skills and techniques shown.
Most, but not all of the jewelry supplies shown here can be purchased in our WigJig store. We try to have a complete selection of jewelry supplies in our store including chain, wire, glass beads, findings, watches, tools, etc.