Learn to Master Thin Wire
|Don't sweat the small stuff-
I know many people who can’t imagine working in the scale we do as jewelry makers. You know, the type of person who’s more comfortable with tongs than tweezers. They couldn’t imagine twisting a tiny wire loop or picking up a seed bead.
We love these people. They are our coworkers, family members, and friends. And they are often amazed by the prowess of our digits. We smile and nod and take pride in that. But our little secret is that even those of us so attuned to the smallness of things eventually come across a nemesis, a material or technique that makes us feel like we’re all thumbs. Our usually nimble little fingers might as well be Johnsonville brats right off the grill.
Learn from the wire pros
Here are 5 tips for storing and using thin wire:
|4: Because thin wire is so easy to bend, it may be tempting to work more quickly with it than you might with thick wire. Don’t. Work slowly and make purposeful bends, wraps, coils, and loops.|
|5: The upside to thin wire is that you can easily manipulate it with your fingers. For instance, there’s no need to grasp it with a chain-nose pliers to coil it or wrap it. In fact, it’s probably better to use your fingers or nylon-jaw pliers to handle thin wire so you don’t mar it.|
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