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Wire Techniques and Information

Learn about wire, the different types available, what is best to use for certain types of jewelry, and important wire work techniques.

Definitin of Hypo Allergenic
The term hypoallergenic is often used when talking about jewelry, especially when it comes to findings such as ear wires. What exactly does this term mean?

Wire Wrapped Beads
This wire wrapping techniques allows you to connect beads together while also wrapping each bead with wire, creating a little wire cage for each bead.

Learn About Wire Used for Making Jewelry
Learn about some of the basic "need to know" details about wire used for making jewelry.

Simple Loop aka Unwrapped Wire Loop
This basic wire technique is sometimes called the simple loop or the unwrapped loop technique. Whatever you call it, this method is a staple technique for wire work when you want to connect jewelry components.

Messy Wire Wrapped Briolette Pendant
Get messy with your wire in this fun briolette wire wrap pendant project and technique.

Neat-O Wire Wrapped Briolette Pendant
Use this briolette bead and wire technique to make a pendant or just use it to create a smaller dangle element.

Fixing Jump Ring Problems
Jump rings are very important jewelry components. This article covers not only how to make them yourself, but also how to make sure your jump rings stay attached to your jewelry.

Clasp Connection Wire Technique
Find out exactly what the clasp connection wire technique is and how useful it can be for making jewelry.

Types of Wire: What’s the Diff?
What's the difference between gold and gold-filled wire? What is fine silver and sterling silver wire? Learn the differences between types of jewelry making wire.

What Wire for What?
What sort of wire do you use for wrapping? What does dead-soft mean? I get a lot of questions like this from new jewelry makers, and in this article, I've tried to answer these and more questions about wire.

Types of Wire: What’s the Diff?
What's the difference between gold and gold-filled wire? What is fine silver and sterling silver wire? Learn the differences between types of jewelry making wire.

What Wire for What?
What sort of wire do you use for wrapping? What does dead-soft mean? I get a lot of questions like this from new jewelry makers, and in this article, I've tried to answer these and more questions about wire.

Wrapping Loops
While I'm not a wire wrapper, I use a lot of wire in my jewelry designs, and one technique I use frequently is wrapped loops. You'll find a large number of my wire projects use this technique, and I have had a lot of requests for a step-by-step list of instructions for just the technique itself.

Knit with Wire
Believe it or not - you can knit with wire. It takes a few important tools and some practice, but these tips may help you learn to knit with wire.

The Long and the Short of It
A jewelry problem turned into a handy solution for shortening a beaded necklace using a little wire.

Cool Colored Wire
Try some of these fun ideas for using colored wire in your jewelry designs.

Love Affair with Pliers
Bent nosed pliers have a number of advantages to flat nosed. Discover why so many jewelry makers fall in love with theirs.

Jump Ring Tool Review
If you make a lot of jewelry then you probably open and close a lot of jump rings. This tool is supposed to make the process easier.

Jump Ring Joy
Though there are as many ways to make jump rings as there is to cook chicken, here's yet another technique to try.

Wrapping an Opal Cab
I had to wrap my opal cab right away so I could wear it. While doing so, I made a few changes to an old yet popular wire project on my site thus creating a cool, new pendant.

Wire Wrapped Beads
Accent your bead and wire chains by wrapping more wire around your beads.

Using a Draw Plate
Learn how to use this handy piece of equipment to anneal, straighten, or change the size of wire.

Get Started: Wire Work
Get everything you need for your wire working tool box and start creating beautiful wire jewelry.

A Few Wire Basics
Learn a few basics about wire used to make jewelry such as size, shape, and use.

Working with Memory Wire
Here are some steps to follow for making a memory wire bracelet, necklace, or ring.

Loop Technique
This technique is used in many projects such as Y necklaces and earrings.

Wrap a Cab
Learn how to use square and round wire to wrap a cabochon or a piece of "beach" glass.

Nylon Pliers
The nylon jaws on these pliers allow you to straighten wire.

Spring Fling Flower
Inspired by a piece of jewelry worn by Drew Barrymore, I created this flower using Japanese seed beads and colored wire. This unusual component could be incorporated into a pin, bracelet, or necklaces design.

About Wire Jewelry Jigs
Find out what you can do with a wire jewelry jig and where you can get one.

Defining Gold-Filled
What Is Gold-Filled Metal?

About Red Brass
Learn about red brass and how you can use it in your jewelry designs.

What Are Round-Nose Pliers?
Learn about round-nose pliers, an important tools used for making jewelry.

Colored Wire Jewelry Design Tips
Add color to your jewelry designs by using fun colored wire.

What Is Niobium?
What Is Niobium? Learn about this unique hypoallergenic metal used for jewelry making.

Crafty Princess Diaries
Learn various crafting techniques from wire to beads to fiber and more.

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