4 Wire Wrapping Techniques for Your Wire Work Aug 8, 2022Fashion Wire-wrapping techniques in jewelry making are vast; they range from making basic loops to producing intricate stone set pendants. There are many different designs you can create using wire-wrapping techniques. Read our guide on the fundamentals of wire wrapping for beginners to help you quickly get to grips with the techniques required for this style of jewelry making and to refine your jewelry-making skills. The Wire Wrapping Supplies You’ll Need to Practice the Fundamentals: Wire cutters Round nose pliers Flat nose pliers Wire of your choice Headpins/eye pins (depending on your project) Some Basic Principles About Jewellery Wire Before You Get Started: Jewelry Wire Materials You can buy jewelry-making wire in a variety of different metals, all of which have their own properties and varying levels of hardness. Most jewelry supply providers will only carry wires in alloys that are perfect for wire-wrapping, such as copper, brass, sterling silver, and gold. When you’re first starting out with some wire wrapping techniques, practice on cheaper alloys such as copper and brass. Avoid using craft wire or aluminum wire; this will be too soft to hold its shape, whereas stainless steel wire will be too hard to work with. The hardness of the metal Wire hardness (sometimes referred to as wire temper) is the stiffness of the wire and ranges from very soft to soft, to half hard and hard. For your wire jewelry designs to be formed and stay in your desired shape, work with half-hard wire, as the soft wire will lose its shape as you work with it and hard wire will be incredibly difficult to form into the shape you want. Wire Size/Diameter/Gauge There are many different diameters of jewelry wire, either listed in millimeters or as the gauge, which can make converting wire diameters a little confusing! So to make the process of choosing jewelry wire fit for purpose, we’ve put together a wire gauge conversion chart that will make buying wire supplies simple. Jewelry Wire Shape There are several pre-cut wire shapes you can choose to work with: D-shaped Round Square Start out with round wire until you’re comfortable with the wire wrapping techniques you’d like to perfect. Then you can freely experiment with other jewelry wire shapes for a different take on your designs. Our Top 4 Wire Wrapping Tips & Tricks Top tip #1. File the ends of your wire Whatever wire jewelry designs you’re working with, it’s important to make sure that you finish off the ends of your wire by filing. Often, when cutting your wire, some sharp edges can be left behind, so filing makes the pieces safe to wear. Use a flat file, or flat needle file, to smooth away any sharp edges to create a professional finish. Top tip # 2. Keep your Round Nose Pliers Close Your round nose pliers will be invaluable when you’re perfecting your wire jewelry designs, so make sure you keep them close. When you first start producing jump rings or other tight loops for your designs, it can be difficult to keep them uniform. One way of conquering this is to mark a specific point on your pliers using a marker or scriber. This will ensure that when you start forming loops with your pliers, there’s no need to guess; simply use the mark on your pliers for a consistent loop every time. Top tip # 3. Don’t forget to work-harden your wire when finished. To ensure your wire-wrapped jewelry stands up to everyday wear and tear, you’ll need to work to harden it. Work hardening is the process of forcing wire into a harder state, giving it strength and therefore allowing it to hold its shape. This can be done in a number of ways. Hammering the wire with a rawhide mallet Twisting the wire with a pair of pliers Pulling the wire straight multiple times (Work hardening can be done before and after you have completed your design.) Top tip # 4: Remember to close loops to keep your gemstones in place. If you are wire wrapping gemstones, your main concern will be making sure you close the loops in your wire to ensure your gemstones remain firmly in place. The great thing about wire wrapping jewelry is that you can close loops in a creative yet functional way to create unique pieces. Now you’re ready to put these wire wrapping techniques into practice, so stock up on your chosen wire jewelry supplies. Choose from copper, brass, silver, yellow and white gold wire to create your signature jewelry-making style. P.S. Royi Sal Jewelry, a decades-long leader in silver jewelry design and manufacturing, invites you to download our latest magazine here and profit from the exceptional or best-seller jewelry designs at affordable prices in 2022 in the magazine. Click here to download it now.