5 Top Tips for Wire Jewellery Making
Wire is an amazing and versatile material to work with, see Jessica's top tips for making beautiful wire jewellery...
1. Secure all your wire ends
One of the fundamental considerations when working with wire is that no matter how complex or simple the piece is you are making, you need to make sure that either end of the wire is secure with no sharp ends sticking out. This is usually done by tucking the ends in to another piece of wire using some chain-nosed pliers but will depend on the design of the piece.
2. Be skillful with your pliers
Wire is usually a fairly soft material to work with so treat it with respect and make sure you are careful not to add in lots of plier marks as this can make your work look messy and unprofessional. Don’t worry if you have marks in to start with, as you get more skillful with your wirework there will be less. Also you can try using nylon-coated pliers if you struggle with mark making on your wires.
3. Practice with cheaper materials
It sounds obvious but do practice your wire work projects with cheaper wires such as copper or silver plated before moving on to working in solid silver or if you are very brave, gold.
4. Work to the materials advantages
Most people make wire jewellery because they love the way it looks and the simplicity of starting; all you really need is a set of pliers and some wire. Always try and work to the materials advantage and work on designs that are suitable for the wire. Be aware of the material constraints and strengths to make the most successful and innovative designs.
5. Play, experiment and have fun
Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, experiment and play with your wirework. It is a cheap and fun material to work with and has endless possibilities. Gain inspiration from wherever you can and add your own spin on wire projects, soon you will find your own style and won’t be able to stop, be warned it is highly addictive!
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