When I first started making jewelry, I definitely didn’t know what I was doing. My wire wrapped loops were all over the place, I didn’t even know that that wire cutters made 2 different cuts and I couldn’t get the hang of jump rings.
The day I figured out jump rings was almost life changing for me. If you don’t know, your mind’s about to be blown. If you do know, you probably know what I’m talking about.
Here are 3 Common Mistakes in Jewelry Making and How to Fix Them:
Mistake #1: Your wire wrapped loops are not uniform.
The solution: Mark your round nose pliers.
Now, these do eventually wear off, so you do have to keep marking them. I’ve also heard of people using tape.
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Mistake #2: You are cutting your wire incorrectly – or you don’t know that you’re cutting it right!
Solution: Learn how to use your wire cutters.
Solution: Do not pull the jump ring apart, instead follow instructions below.
(I usually use a pair of bent nose pliers and a pair of chain nose pliers. Use whatever pliers you feel comfortable with.)
Maintaining the integrity of the circle, pull one pair the the pliers toward you and the other away from you. Do not pull the circle apart and do not pull to the sides.
To close a jump ring, just do the same, but the opposite.
I also made a video tutorial about how to properly open and close jump rings:
Now that you know what mistakes to avoid, maybe you want to try out my projects book, Wire Wrapping for Beginners. 24 projects to teach you how to wire wrap!
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