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Jewelry Making -- How to Bend Wire

When bending wire for jewelry making, one needs to consider the finished piece.  Quite frequently, you will just need to bend the jewelry wire to make an angle in the wire.  This is one of the steps in making many jewelry wire components -- making a sharp, crisp bend in the wire.  Making a crisp bend in wire is done by grasping the wire firmly in the jaws of chain nose or bent chain nose pliers.  Hold the wire so that it is essentially perpendicular to the jaws of the pliers.  Then push the wire against the jaws of the pliers.  Push by pressing the wire as close to the jaws as possible. 

A jewelry tool called "chain nose pliers" have smooth, flat jaws so that they can hold the jewelry wire while spreading the gripping force across the flat face of the pliers and thereby leaving minimal marks on the wire.  The needle nose pliers used by electricians are not an acceptable substitute for jeweler's chain nose pliers because they contain grooves which leave marks on wire.  In general, the better chain nose pliers have thin tapered tips (about 1mm at the tip).  This feature becomes important when making the bend in the wire necessary to complete the wrapped bead link described in Page 11

This technique is a very basic jewelry making skill.  We have pictures of how to perform this technique shown here.  We also have detailed pictures in our jewelry making online book "Wire Design Basics". 

You can view the two steps in bending wire below:

Bending Wire -- Grasp the Wire Bending Wire -- Push the wire against the jaws of the pliers.

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This WigJig jewelry project is provided as 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 making 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 making jewelry might need to visit the WigJig 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.