How to Use Wire-Bending Jigs

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In wire jewellery making and related crafts, the purpose of a wire-bending jig is to allow for the creation of custom-designed wire shapes. Users rearrange pegs on a jig with holes to create the framework for a design, then wrap wire around the peg configuration to create a finished shape.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Jig pegs
  • Flexible wire
  • Plastic transparency sheet

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Create a template for the design you intend to create. Lay a transparency sheet over the jig and draw a design around the holes where you will place pegs.

  2. 2

    Place the template under the jig. For stability, tape the template down onto your work surface beneath the jig.

  3. 3

    Insert pegs into the holes that correspond with your design. The pegs should be on the inside of the design so you can wrap wire around the outside.

  4. 4

    Choose the appropriate wire for your design. Harder wire is ideal for maintaining the completed shape. Jewellery wire is available in a range of gauges and hardness levels depending on your purpose.

  5. 5

    Wrap the wire around the pegs to create the intended pattern. Pay attention to the peg order, as each time you pass around a single peg you add thickness to the finished piece.

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