Page 31      Jewelry Making with Beads and Wire -- What a Beginner Needs to Know

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Common Jewelry Making Mistakes Continued

Incorrect Jewelry Making Technique
Pulls Apart
When a component is made in a jig, there is generally a strong axis and a weak axis.  In most cases the axis with the beginning and ending loops is the weak axis and the opposite axis is the strong axis.  In the component on the left, force was applied to the weak axis just as if it were in a bracelet that was pulled.  In the component on the right, the strong axis is the horizontal axis and if you incorporate this axis in your jewelry you will find that the piece is very strong and won't pull apart.  With bracelets, necklaces and very heavy earrings it is important to incorporate the strong axis of your wire component in the jewelry.  This will ensure that your finished jewelry will remain in the shape intended.
 
Correct Jewelry Making Technique
In the following page we will discuss a list of basic techniques that are recommended when making jewelry with a WigJig or other jewelry making jig. 

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