Page 28      Jewelry Making with Beads and Wire -- What a Beginner Needs to Know

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Common Jewelry Making Mistakes Not Straight
Not Straight
In the wire component shown at left, the wire segment at number 1 is not straight.  This is an intentionally exaggerated example to illustrate the point.  For every wire component that you make, one of the first steps needs to be to straighten the wire by pulling it repeatedly through the jaws of nylon jaw pliers.  You must start with straight wire.

 As you continue working the wire around pegs making a wire component, you need to keep the wire straight.  The easiest way that we have found to accomplish this is to guide the wire with your dominant hand, keeping it straight as you go, while you move the jig with your non-dominant hand.  This is counter-intuitive, but what works best is holding the wire essentially stationary (lifting it over pegs when required) while you move the jig to create the wire components.  Holding wire with your finger tips as close to the pegs on the jig as possible also helps.  Don't hold the end of a long piece of wire, hold the wire near the pegs that you are working on. 
 

Common Jewelry Making Mistakes Good Component
Common Jewelry Making Mistakes Not Flat
Not Flat
In the wire segment shown at left, the wire at position 2 is not flat.  There is a separation between the two crossing wire segments.  This problem is relatively normal and easy to solve.  To close the gap in the wire and to flatten the wire component, finish the piece by squeezing the wire in your nylon jaw pliers.  Hold the wire in the jaws of the pliers at several different orientations and give it a firm squeeze with the pliers.  This will flatten the wire component and harden the finished piece.  Common Jewelry Making Mistakes Good Component

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