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Making most letters out of wire is relatively easy although a few of the letters are more difficult to make.  The problem with is in how those letters can be successfully integrated into jewelry.  This series of web pages will describe the techniques to make letters approximately 1" tall using our WigJig Delphi jewelry making tool and some Super Pegs.

 Making letters in the larger gauges of wire (16 gauge) is more difficult than when using the smaller gauges of wire (18 or 20 gauge) but the larger the wire the more survivable the letters will be.  For this reason, we suggest that you practice making these letters in 20 gauge practice wire and use either 18 or preferably 16 gauge wire for your finished product. 

In most cases, the best way to incorporate these letters into jewelry is as a "pendant" in a necklace.  The letters can be made to hang from the top of the letter.  Beads can be added to the bottom of the letter to add weight.  The additional weight will help the relatively light wire letters to hang properly.
 

Letters Jewelry Making Project

Wire Letters

Letter Grid

Jewelry Supplies:

  • 5 inches of 16, 18 or 20 gauge wire (preferably 1/2 hard) per letter
 

Tools Required:

  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Flush Cutter
  • Bent Chain Nose Pliers
  • WigJig Delphi, or Centaur
  • Two3/16", two  5/16" Super Pegs and one 5/8" Super Peg (sold as part of the Large Round Super Pegs)
  • Fine Step Jaw Pliers (Optional)
  • Nylon Jaw Pliers (recommended)
  • 30 minutes of free time

Jewelry Making Skills Required:

  • Use of a WigJig to make wire components.

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