Page 27      Jewelry Making with Beads and Wire -- What a Beginner Needs to Know

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Common Jewelry Making Mistakes

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Common Jewelry Making Mistakes Sharp End
Sharp End
In the loop on the left, the wrong end of the wire was used.  When cutting wire with a flush cutter, the cut wire will have one sharp end and one flat end.  Always use the flat end of the cut for your starting loop as shown at right.
 
Common Jewelry Making Mistakes Good Loop
Common Jewelry Making Mistakes Open Loop
Open Loop
In the loop at left, the loop is not fully closed.  Frequently, we will find a loop like this in a wire component after we finish the component.  Sometimes you can use round nose pliers to close this loop using the same approach that you used to make the loop.  Sometimes because of the location of the loop, this is not possible.  In many cases, using Bent Closing Pliers will help close these open loops with minimum marking of the wire. These Bent Closing pliers have grooves in the jaws to help grip the loop without slipping. 
 
Common Jewelry Making Mistakes Good Loop
Common Jewelry Making Mistakes Spriings Apart
Springs Apart
When making components with our WigJig tools, frequently people find that when they remove the component from the jig it will spring apart.  The loops made on the same peg will not align.  This is especially true when using 1/2 hard wire.  This problem can be overcome after the fact by "hand finishing" the piece, bending it gently with your fingers until everything is aligned.  The better solution is to solve this problem before removing your wire from the jig.  This is done by only using the pegs you need at that time, and always bending the wire beyond where you want it to end up, letting it "relax back" into its finished position.  After every step, remove your hands from the wire and check its final position.  In concept, the jig should provide a pattern, but not any force to hold the wire in shape. 
 
Common Jewelry Making Mistakes Good Component

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