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Wire-Wrapping Basics

Wire wrapping refers to the wirework techniques that let you shape the findings and decorative components of
wire jewelry. Wire wrapping techniques include shaping wire through and around beads and creating coils,
spirals, and loops. Once you know how to create findings and other shapes, you can fit these components
together to create wire jewelry.

How to Cut Wire Before Wire Wrapping

Before you can wrap a wire, you have to cut it to the necessary length. The length of the wire you need to cut
depends on the finding or shape you\u2019re making, as well as your personal preference. It\u2019s a good idea to cut all
the pieces of wire you\u2019ll need before you start shaping it. That way, you can ensure you\u2019re cutting equal lengths
of wire.

Wire Length and Details

If you\u2019d like to incorporate additional decorative details to the wire pieces you create, you\u2019ll have to cut wires
that are long enough to accommodate those details. Because you may want to add coils, loops, or wraps of
different sizes, there\u2019s no hard and fast rule for how much longer a wire should be to allow you to add such
details. Your best bet is to experiment a bit with the designs you want to make in order to determine how much
wire you\u2019ll need.

How to File Cut Pieces of Wire
Always make sure to file down cut edges of wire before you start to work with them. To file a piece of wire:
1. Hold the cut piece perpendicular to the file.
2. Using short strokes and filing only in one direction, file down the edges. By filing in only one direction
you\u2019ll avoid bending the wire.
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How to Make Jump Rings

Jump rings are C-shaped wires that come in multiple sizes and can be closed to form an \u201cO\u201d by pressing the
ends together. Jump rings are used primarily as a means of attaching different parts of a piece of jewelry. For
instance, jump rings are often used to attach clasps or other findings to the body of a piece. Jump rings can also
be joined together to form a simple chain. You can buy jump rings cheaply at any art- or beading-supply store,
though once you get the hang of it, you\u2019ll discover that making them is easy and even less expensive.

How to Make Jump Rings

You can make as many jump rings as you want using one long coil of wire. Producing many jump rings at a
time from one piece of wire is faster than making them just one at a time, and it also ensures that all your jump
rings will be uniform in size.

1. Wrap a length ofwire into an evenly spaced coil around a dowel or another round object.
2. Slide the coil offthe dowel. Use wire cutters to cut individual rings from the coil by snipping each round
once.
3. Using a file,smooth and flatten the cut ends of the wire so that they fit together.
4. Using two pairs of round-nose pliers, push together the filed ends of wire and close the ring.
How to Use Jump Rings

To attach a jump ring to wire pieces or findings, you\u2019ll have to open and then close the ring. Always open jump
rings by twisting their ends sideways using pliers. Never open the ring by pulling back in order to widen the
mouth of the \u201cC\u201d\u2014it will weaken the ring.

How to Make Eye Pins
Eye pins are long, thin wires with an eye at one end.
Beads or other embellishments are stacked on the \u201ceye\u201d end of the eye pin. Pliers are then used to shape the top
of the pin into a hook that can be connected to a jump ring or threaded to an earring hook or onto a necklace or

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