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Step 4:  Now decide which pattern you want to make, the small, the medium or the large.  The pattern involves only two pegs and the pegs are separated by between 1 1/2 times to 2 times the size of the Super Peg that you use.  This pattern can be easily set up on either a jig with a round pattern as shown below-right or on a jig with a square pattern as shown below-left and below-center.  Choose your pattern and set up your pegs appropriately.  For the small pattern, a WigJig Spiral Maker can be used in place of the 3/4" Super Peg. 

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Step 5:  Place the initial loop that you made in your wire on the regular metal peg and while holding the wire tightly wrap it round the large Super Peg.  You want to push the wire tightly against the Super Peg so that there are no gaps between the wire and the peg.  Push the wire beyond the regular peg at the top until with no pressure applied the wire will rest adjacent to the metal peg at the top.  You will have to press the wire tightly into the Super Peg many times until the gaps between the Super Peg and the wire are as small as possible.

Step 6:  While continuing to hold the wire tightly against the Super Peg, wrap the wire around the regular metal peg at the top.  With the 14 gauge wire we had to use bent chain nose pliers to help us pull the loop closed. 

Step 7:  When you remove the wire from the jig you will probably notice that it will spring out of shape slightly.  With the 18 gauge wire you can shape the wire by squeezing it against the Super Peg with your fingers.  several times.  With 16 and 14 gauge wire you will probably find that hammering the wire against the Super Peg with a nylon hammer will help the wire to take the shape of the Super Peg.  You can use the nylon hammer with the Super Peg on the Jig or off.  Experiment to determine which works best for you.

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