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Wire-weaving tips

Wire weaving examples
Keep the frame wires evenly spaced.  It is important to keep your frame wires uniformly spaced. It isn’t always easy to do, especially when the wire is soft. Make sure that the frame wires remain about 1/16 in. (1.5 mm) apart an inch or so in front of the weave. Past that point, let the wires flare out. As you weave, keep adjusting the spacing between the wires.  

Wrap tightly.  Pull the weaving wire tightly against each frame wire with every wrap. Make sure the weaving wire lies perfectly flat when it travels across two frame wires.

Push weaves together.  If your weaves spread out more than you like and there is bare frame wire showing between the weaves, use your fingertips to push from either end of the woven section to close the gaps. If you are not able to push the weaves together, it’s probably because the spacing between your frame wires is too tight.

Keep your wire kink-free.  To reduce breakage, make sure your weaving wire remains kink-free. If you do get a kink, straighten it out right away. If you need to unwrap a portion of the weave due to a mistake, smooth out that section of the wire before you continue weaving.

Use a pen to straighten your wire.  A round-barreled pen or pencil works great for this task. Hold the pen in your fist, place the wire between the pen and your thumb, and then pull the wire through several times.

Use household objects for shaping jewelry.  You don’t need expensive tools for every jewelry-making task. Sometimes ordinary household objects do the job just fine. For example: You can use pens and pencils of different thicknesses as bail- and hook-shaping tools, while jars and bottles make great bracelet and necklace mandrels (just don’t hammer on them).
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