How To Use a Wire Jig

How To Use a Wire Jig


Wire jigs are great if you
like working with wire. For today’s purposes I am doing
to be demonstrating how to use the Deluxe Thing-A-Ma-Jig. I am going to start by taking out some
of this Zebra wire, coiling it out. The first thing that you want to do is you want to make sure that your
wire is really nice and straight. It’s easier to use that way and
your design comes out nicer. You’ll want to use your
nylon jaw pliers and while the wire is still on the coil, it is easy because you have
something to grip onto. You just pass the wire
through your nylon jaw pliers. Now you cut off a length of
wire with your snippers. The design we are going to be
making today is this one here. It is a symmetrical design so it is
easiest if I start in the middle. I just kind of eyeball the
middle of the wire here and create a loop using the center peg. Just like this. I pull on it just a little bit and I going
to start doing one side by looping the wire around the peg and bending the wire down so it is flush, bending around the next
peg and flush again. You just keep doing that and mirror this design on the other side. Again just go around and around the pegs.
I am using 20 gauge wire which is pretty thin for a wire jig. With a wire jig you can
use much thicker wire. Now I have my design and I can wiggle it off my pegs or
if I’m not going to be making another one right now I could just take the
pegs out like this. Now I want to clip off the ends of my wire. The nice thing to know is that your pliers have a flush end like this and an end that leaves a bevel inside. What you want to do is you want
to use this side of the pliers to clip the ring and you want
to hold onto the wire end so it doesn’t go flying off. The reason for using this flush side is it leaves a really nice end on your wire. Not the pointy end. Now you want to come along with
your nylon jaw pliers and just adjust your rings so they are
closed and flatten them. Just like so. Just kind of manipulate it around. Now you have another option,
if you would like your metal to be flattened more, you can
use a steel block and hammer to just pound and flatten
your wire like this. Also, a great thing to
make on the wire jig is a handmade earring finding like this. For that you use the thicker pegs. We have a couple of other
models of wire jigs. This one is the Thing-a-Ma-Jig and
it’s made out of clear plastic and has the advantage that
you can draw the design on paper beneath it and place your
pegs according to your template. This unit is called the Peg Leg and it is a hand held wire jig. Now you see I have all kinds of
designs here that I have made and what I do with these is keep them as
a reference for the ones that I like. Then I can just place them
on my jig and put a peg in every one of the holes. That’s
my record of the pieces I like. Here I have some beautiful pieces for you. The first one is a wire necklace that is
made similar to the one that we just made and it also incorporates Accuflex
wire and Swarovski crystal beads. The next one is using the
wire jig pieces as links. They go all the way around the necklace. And, of course you have to make yourself a pair of earrings for your big night out. Thank you for joining us at the
studio and happy wireworking.

37 Comments

  1. You forgot to tell us to put the little rubber thingys on the underside of the pegs to hold them on so they won't slip. makes it a lot easier.

  2. Given that the jig base is aluminum, and assuming the pins are steel, one could put large flat magnets under the base to keep the pins in place and not wiggle as much. These could be hot-glued in place. Try K&J Magnetics for large flat magnets. If using non-ferrous metals (copper) the magnet won't hold the wire; steel wire will be held in place.

  3. I find the huge advertisement on the side of the video very distracting. If you must have it, could you give us a 'close' button to get rid of it? I have bad eyesight and need the video maximized. With the advertisement always there, I can't see as well.

  4. Would love to look around & shop on your website but it does not work with google chrome. Since chrome is now the most used browser this seems a little outdated. 

  5. Ja Jane, the Thing a Ma Jjig doesn't have the rubber pegs to hold the pegs In place, the Wig Jig does. I wish it did! I have tried numerous things to keep the pegs in place. I wish the Tamj had some of the extra accessories like the Wig does.

  6. Would be extremely helpful to start the video with the peg placements as a newbie to using a jig and no instructions this fails to help me.

  7. Thanks for the tutorial. What I'd like to know is, how do you do a swirl where it starts small on the inside, and gradually gets larger?  I want it to have at least 3-4 or more layers….Thank you

  8. One thing that would be helpful is to tell us at the very beginning what size wire is being used. In almost all of the tutorials on YouTube, instructors fail to tell us what gauge, softness, etc. Thanks.

  9. This is the first time I have seen a "wire jig".. and it looks like it would be great to use to make the hard to shape type shapes. Do you have these in wood? The reason I ask is that the metal looks slippery and I can see the wire slipping off too easily while trying to wrap the wire around the individual pegs. Wood might be easier with less slippage.

  10. Thank you. This is very helpful as I am a newbie with wire. I found a "Wild Wire"jig with 16 spools of wire at a local second hand shop. There weren't any directions. It was in a clear plastic bag. I am very excited about adding a new craft to my repertoire of crafts.

  11. Is it just me, or did it seem like she only knows two designs lol. even her display of designs references to only 2 design done multiple times. the simple swirl over and over, and the somewhat stretched out double figure 8 design…

  12. While you're wrapping the wire, it seems like the pegs want to come out. I like the magnet idea 1 suggested in 1 comment.

  13. Your dexterity is a must. Lovely talent.. It is wonderful to have your excellent tips for handling the wire. It can even be manipulated by me who broke a wrist a year ago with permanent damage. Thank God for Jigs and my Clover's stitchclips at times which work Thank you!!!

  14. The jig now comes with plastic end caps to put on the pins on the underside to keep them from moving around. Love my wire jig!

  15. How do I know which gauge wire to use and/or also, how do I know where to put the pegs, for each design?

  16. Awesome, for when I am ready to try my hands at wire working how much is the thig a ma gig? bigone?
    and steel block with hammer, and does it come with an instructions booklet? (for the different designs?

  17. I just got the Thing-A-Ma JIG. I think I'll love it to make my own design shapes, but the package doesn't say what the little clear plastic rings are for, though I see one person addressed this. I just tried putting one on the peg below the plate (under side) and it seems to stabilize the pins. This should be included in the video and on the package!

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