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|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.
|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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