How to Make a Wire Bender

Written by michelle epperly
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How to Make a Wire Bender
With a few simple tools you can make a wire jig. (hammer and nails image by Gina Smith from Fotolia.com)

Having the right tools when making bent wire jewellery makes the project a pleasant experience instead of a bent-up mess. Wire jigs are a series of pegs inserted in a plate or board that allow you to easily bend the wire into beautiful shapes to create wire jewellery. If you find yourself making balls of wire instead of works of art, you will benefit using a wire jig.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • 6-inch by 6-inch piece of board
  • Sandpaper
  • Wire cutters
  • Template

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Find or make a template that will work for the wire jewellery you will be making. The template will be a guide to put the nails in the board so you can bend the wire around them. You can find templates on jewellery making websites or make your own if you know what you need. If you are making your own template, you can use a piece of already made jewellery by laying it on paper and marking a dot at the inside edge of each loop. This will allow you to get the same design when using your handmade jig. Print out the template of your choice or draw one on printer paper.

  2. 2

    Nail the template lightly onto the board at the four corners to hold it in place. Keep the template flat when doing this.

  3. 3

    Hammer the nails at each dot on the template. Keep the nails as straight as possible when hammering them into the board. Tear the template away from board and carefully remove the four corner nails that held the template in place. If the nails have large heads you will need to use wire cutters to nip them off and sand paper to smooth the rough edges. This allows the finished bent wire jewellery to be slipped off the top of the nails after bending the wire in place around them.

Tips and warnings

  • It is possible to make the nails removable by lightly hammering them in. This allows you to change the pattern of the template for different designs.

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