Designing Wire Jewelry on a Jig

Join Brenda Schweder and learn about the benefits of designing jewelry using a jig.
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Just as rocks have evolved to hammers, and hammers to specialty-use tools that pound with every purpose from setting tacks to forging steel, wire bending tools have progressed through the ages as well. Our jewelry pliers act as extensions of our hands—holding and moving wire into loops and angles—while a wire jig does all that and more simultaneously (think of having the ten-armed Hindu goddess, Durga, sitting on your workbench)! Plus, by virtue of having two hands to move the wire around the tool, smooth, consistent and repeatable shapes are easy to achieve and easier on the body!

Join Brenda Schweder, inventor of the Now That's a Jig! system, for her live web seminar that will explain wire jigs and their history. Then, explore several jig types and their benefits and differences. Brenda will also move you through the uses of wire jigs and what they can do, and how they can make your job as a jewelry designer both easier and gentler on the hands. Finally, she'll show you who takes advantage of these tools (and why) and she'll reveal a suite of finished jewelry pieces that will inspire new designs and ignite your creative technique!

In this web seminar you'll learn:

  • What a wire jig is and where it came from.
  • Which hand-held and bench-top jigs are on the market and the differences between them.
  • When using a jig is a benefit for making smooth, consistent, and precise wire forms.
  • How a jig can help makers create pairs, multiples, mirror images, and complex forms.
  • How to use a jig to make findings, chain links, focals, and motifs.
  • How a jig makes light work of repetitive and difficult wireworking tasks and reduces the need for measuring.
  • The benefits of using a wire jig for your health and body.
  • And much more!

Brenda Schweder is an artist, author, teacher, columnist, inventor of Now That's a Jig!, and collaborator with Swanstrom Tools USA of the hand-held wire jig Now That's a Pliers!. She's written Collaborate: Friends in the Making (self-published), Steel Wire Jewelry (Lark Jewelry & Beading), and Junk to Jewelry and Vintage Redux (Kalmbach Books). Her designs and fashion jewelry forecasts have been published hundreds of times in books and magazines.

Schweder is a 2015 Step by Step Wire Jewelry's Artist of the Year and pens Creative Minds, a column in Wirework magazine (Kalmbach Publishing Co.) on cultivating personal creativity. She has also been a guest on Beads, Baubles & Jewels with Katie Hacker and Craftcast with Alison Lee. Visit her web site at and catch her on Etsy, Facebook, Pinterest, and her very own YouTube Channel.

Who Should Attend:

  • Wireworkers, beaders and jewelry designers who want to enter the wireworking medium or expand their wireworking prowess.
  • Bead weavers and mixed media artists who want to create small 2D or 3D wire frames and armatures for use in their work.
  • Hobbyists and bench jewelers who want to investigate the benefits of using jigs to create smooth and consistent wire forms.
  • Chain makers and production jewelers who want to make multiples of specific components with ease and efficiency.
  • Crafters with hand-issues (i.e. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Arthritis, or simple hand weakness) who want to continue their hobbies, without the strain and wear to their bodies.
  • Anyone who wants to make jewelry making easier by integrating jig-work into his or her tool repertoire.
Additional Info
Additional Info
SKU EP13017
Product Type Video Download
File Type MP4
Author/Designer Brenda Schweder
Technique Wire Working
Customer Reviews (2)
a power point presentation of the work of her and her friends, little if any instruction
It should be done live and if she chooses to present designs she or friends have done then at least show how the jig was used in the process. And the showing of the jig and its parts was unnecessarily long because why not point it out versus describing top, right, between etc. I gained nothing from this just like the coupon for a half price video which was sent with jig I purchased. I would have thought that the video, although half price, would be about the NTAJ jig but any mention of the jig was in passing. Review by kathy (Posted on 8/11/2015)
more of a power point presentatio rather than instruction
I was disappointed because I already associate her name with Now That's a Jig. Although I realize there is now a pliers set I saw no reason to spend about15+ minutes describing all kinds of jigs. This was a fancy power point presentation with out really showing much of the jig and how to use it other than the a few parts and some shots describing leverage. It would have been best if the rest of the video had been done with a live person so that when you are talking about certain designs and jig forming you can actually show it. Everything was so slow and laborious in the explanations. This was not a helpful video. This experience is similar what happened when I bought the jig and there was a 50% coupon again by Brenda so therefore I assumed she would talk about the jig but she did not except in passing. Working with wire does not mean working with the jig (NTAJ) or with a jig at all. Forewarned and a little investigation might have saved me time and money.

Review by kathy (Posted on 8/11/2015)
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