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Many jewelry making projects begin by making a jewelry wire component on a WigJig or other jewelry tool. Almost all jewelry wire components made on a jig, work better when starting the piece by placing a loop over a peg to fix one end of the wire. In most pieces this initial loop will be part of the finished piece. In some pieces, by contrast, you will need to cut the initial loop off after you complete wrapping the wire on the jig, as it won't be part of the finished piece.
To make a jewelry wire wire component on a jig, begin by identifying the design you want to make and start by identifying the positions for the pegs in the jig as required to make the component. A good jewelry design for a beginner is shown here. Next, cut and straighten the jewelry wire. One of the most important tips in being successful when making wire components is to concentrate on keeping the wire straight as you wrap it around the pegs to make the design. Begin by adding pegs 1 and 2 to your jig and add a peg as you proceed. You may need to remove pegs from the pattern and add them back in one at a time as necessary to help keep the wire straight as you wrap. A helpful tip is to hold and guide the wire with constant tension in your dominant hand and rotate the jig with your non-dominant hand as you wrap the wire around the pegs. Concentrate on keeping the wire straight with your dominant hand until it wraps around the pegs. Try to push the wire with your fingers as close to the pegs on the jig as possible. Avoid pulling the wire if possible.
One last suggestion for jewelry making. Plan on making at least three of each jewelry wire component to be made on the jig using inexpensive practice wire. This is very important. Make several practice pieces of each type wire component before you begin to use your good wire. Plan on discarding these practice pieces. Do not get discouraged if the first several pieces don't end up like the directions say they should. This craft is like riding a bike. It is a skill that must be learned. Almost everyone can learn it, but almost no one is ready to ride in a bicycle race during their first ride on a bike.
Using these simple jewelry making techniques, almost everyone can be successful in jewelry making using wire and beads. You can find patterns for each type of jig here. The generic steps for making jewelry using one of our WigJig tools are provided in pages 35, 36 and 37. These pages are a good review of the information provided here.
We have a free video on the You Tube web site that shows the techniques that we recommend when using one of our WigJig tools. Please select here to view this video on the basics for using our WigJig tools. We recommend that everyone using a jig take the time to view this video.
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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 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
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.