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« on: November 17, 2010 09:58:04 PM »


So far I have made couple of simple jewelries like beaded earrings and some bracelets. Today I tired making another earring with had more wire and less bead to it. Something like a hoop. I am having difficulties with making the wire (round) looks nice and smooth. Sorry for asking the basics but I wasn't able to find much information on line. I have this copper wire roll which looks nice and smooth. But as soon as I start working on it there are these small bends and twists to it. It does not flow or look smooth. I tried using a thicker wire (16GA) and even with that it looks really amateurish ... I have seen jewelry made by people which looks really neat and smooth (sorry for using this word so many times .. cannot find another word to describe what I am looking for) .. I am not even trying to do any intricate wire work ... Its simple hoops kinds with a big circle ...
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« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2010 06:02:47 PM »

Mostly it takes practice. Chances are your work isn't gonna be gorgeous right out of the gate, so don't rush yourself.

As for bending hoops, how are you trying to bend them? Easiest way to do it is to bend it around something, like a dowel.

And is your problem with kinks in the wire, or with actual marring of the suraface of the metal itself?

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« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2010 03:39:12 PM »

There are 3 big secrets....the right wire, the right tools and the right technique.  You have to use the right wire and tools for what it is you want to make, and you have to know the right technique.  After that, it is a matter of practice.  16 gauge is a little tough for someone who is just beginning to learn how to do wirework...I normally start my students with 18 or 20 gauge to get the feel for how to make a good wrapped loop, how to make a good loop, how to weave wire, etc.  If you can't take a class, there are some really great books that will act as a class...work them without going through them quickly, buy the best tools you can afford, and you will find that it will be easier to make excellent jewelry.

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