Wire Wrapping for Beginners – Jewelry Making Tools

Wire Wrapping for Beginners – Jewelry Making Tools


Hey everyone! Jessica here from JewelryTutorialHQ.com One of the most common questions I get from
readers and viewers is ‘what kind of tools do I need to buy if I want to get started
making wire wrapped jewelry?’ Well, if you’re just getting started, you
really only need three pairs of pliers. Now these three tools are actually the only jewelry
making tools that I had for a really long time after I got started making wire wrapped
jewelry. So you don’t need a whole lot of fancy tools
or equipment or anything like that and you definitely don’t have to spend a lot of money
on them. But there are a few particular things that
it’s important for you to look for when you go to choose those jewelry pliers. That’s
what I’m going to help you with today. This next part of the video is actually an
excerpt from my new online course, Wire Wrapping for Beginners, and I’m sharing it with you
today because it answers all of the questions that beginners have when they’re looking at
buying their tools, and I think it will be very helpful for you. If you’d like to learn more about my Wire
Wrapping for Beginners course, I’m going to put a link below the video but for now, let’s
take a look at those tools. In this lesson, I’m going to go over the tools
that you need for making wire wrapped jewelry. I’m going to show you chain nose pliers, round
nose pliers, and flush cutters. Something that’s important for all of these
tools is to make sure that you look for something that is going to fit comfortably in your hand,
so if you have a larger hand you might prefer longer handles, and if you have smaller hands,
you might prefer smaller handles. But the important thing is you want to find
something that feels comfortable to you, and another consideration to that end is nice
soft padded handles instead of hard rubber or plastic handles. If you’re going to be using these a lot, you
want them to be as comfortable as possible and there are definitely some brands out there
that have a more ergonomic design. Most jewelry pliers should be equipped with
these little springs here, so that your hands don’t have to work as hard. When you squeeze
and then release, the springs automatically open them back up so you don’t have to actually
go in and open the pliers back up with your hands each time between uses, because that
would get really tiring. Now, I don’t want you to worry too much about
brands. I definitely have some brands that I can recommend including these Tronex – these
are amazing tools, they are really top notch, high quality and very comfortable, and they
are going to last forever. But if you’re just starting out, you don’t
have to spend a lot of money – there are plenty of options out there for each of these and
I will tell you what to look for. Starting with the chain nose pliers – chain
nose pliers in general are a long tapered jaw that is smooth and flat on the inside
and kind of a rounded edge on the outside. We use chain nose pliers for gripping wire,
bending wire, opening and closing jump rings, simple loops, eye pins, ear wires, etc. and
tucking in wire ends after wrapping. We don’t want to use them for trying to make
loops. The first feature about chain nose pliers
that is extremely important is that they have a smooth flat inner jaw. There are lots of
pliers out there that not specifically for jewelry making that are going to have ridges
in them, and you do NOT under any circumstances want to use that when you’re making wire jewelry
because those ridges will leave marks in your metal. The wire is soft enough to bend that means
it’s soft enough to take marks from your tools. Another feature to look for is a nice long
tapered jaw. I like these particular ones because they have a really nice fine tip,
which is excellent for getting in to tight spaces when we’re going in and tucking in
our wire between wrapping beads. Let’s talk about round nose pliers. Round nose pliers have two cone shaped jaws
that are wider at the base and finer at the tip. We use round nose pliers for making curved
bends, and for making loops. We don’t want to use them for gripping wire
or trying to make sharp bends. What I like to look for in round nose pliers
is the length of the jaw. I like a long jaw that’s really nice and finely pointed at the
end. This gives me a lot more options for the sizes of loops that I can make with this
one tool. So depending on where you place your wire
on the round nose plier jaw is going to determine the size of the loops that you make. So these
can actually make a pretty decent size loop down at the bottom to a really really tiny
loop up at the top, which is good also for starting spirals and making coils and things
like that. Next are the flush cutters. This is the tool
that you’re going to use when you’re clipping your wire. They’re called flush cutters because
they produce a nice flat cut. However, you have to use the back of the tool to get that
flat cut. As the tool cuts through the wire, it only
leaves a flat end on one side of the cut piece of wire. The other side, as you can see on
the right, is going to have a bevel to it. So throughout the course, you’re going to
hear me say that a lot, “start with a flush cut” and that’s what I mean – use the back
of your flush cutters to make that cut. Another thing to keep in mind for flush cutters
is that they should have a very fine tip. This is going to help you get in really close
and snip right up where you want to clip the wire, so you don’t waste a lot of wire and
you don’t have a lot of extra wire to deal with. These fine points are going to allow you to
do that. But other times, when you’re just cutting wire, if you’re just cutting a length
of wire, try to use the middle or the back of the jaw instead of the tip. You want to
preserve the tip of your tool so they last longer and save those for just when you need
to get into those tight spots. The rest of the time if you’re just cutting
a piece of wire you can clip it using the middle or the back of the jaw. That’s going
to help your tools last longer. Also when you’re using these, you’re using
the backside, say you just want to trim off a little tip of wire, get in the habit of
putting your finger over that or holding that wire somehow, or pointing it down towards
the table as you cut because that wire is going to go flying, and it’s not really fun
to have lots of little sharp pieces of wire in your carpet but also they could fly up
and hit you in the eye. So I recommend just getting in the habit of
placing your finger on the top of the flush cutters here while you clip the wire. And
that’s not going to get your fingers because there’s a nice concave surface there. You can actually rest your finger right on
the top of as you clip and you’re not going to get any skin. Another thing to keep in mind for all of these
tools; these are your standard tools that are good for the wire that we’re going to
be working with in this course which is 22, 24, and 26 gauge for the most part. If you start venturing into thicker gauge
wire, I want you to make sure that the tools you’re using are appropriate for that. They
should tell you what gauge to use. For example, I wouldn’t want to use these really nice cutters
on 14 gauge wire. That’s going to be too thick for these and that’s going to wear down and
damage the tool. So I tend to have another pair that is a more
heavy duty pair of flush cutters for thicker wire. But again, for this course you shouldn’t
have to worry about that, I just wanted to let you know in case you branch out into thicker
wire. I don’t want you to damage your tools. The same goes for the tips of the round nose
and chain nose pliers. If you’re working with extra thick wire, say you’re working with
14 or 12 gauge, you’re not going to want to use the fine tips of these pliers on those
heavy gauge wires. I would recommend a sturdier pair of pliers that’s specifically recommended
for heavier wire for that. See the difference there? Thank you so much for watching! I hope you
found this helpful and you have a better idea of the tools you need to get if you want to
get started making wire wrapped jewelry. Don’t forget, if you’d like to learn more about
my new course, wire wrapping for beginners, that you can click the link below the video,
or if you’re somewhere where you can click on your screen, then you can click this link
right here and it will take you right to the course page where you can see all of the projects
that are going to be in the course PLUS I’ve actually unlocked a couple of free
lessons so you can see some of the lessons that are actually in the course for FREE and
there’s some really good stuff there so I hope you’ll check it out! Thanks again! I’ll see ya soon!

20 Comments

  1. Здравствуйте! Какой диаметр металлической нити можно использовать ?

  2. I have a question would you mind making a video all on the tools you need to make jewelry tools so basely all the tools you've used in your videos including the links where you got them please thank you 

  3. Hi there! I'm also an online teacher and and wanted to say that I really enjoyed the way you teach in this video.

  4. Thank you, this was really helpful to me for finding the right pair of flush cutters, this brand and model is highly rated on Amazon. Its just what I've been looking for!

  5. OMG…I think I love you!!! You make it sound so simple and it should be but most of us make it a lot more difficult than it truly is. I feel stupid for not having figured it out myself. I appreciate your information so much. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.

  6. Thanks for this video! I'm headed over to sign up for the online wire jewelry course. I love that your videos are high quality, your voice is audible & clear, & your explanations are simple to understand without a lot of jargon!

  7. I'm not into jewelry making just a shameless tool junky, but this is a excellent video! If I decide to take up jewelry making(or making fishing lures) I'm signing up!!!!

  8. Great tutorial BUT, to demonstrate using Tronex which are very expensive for a beginner, is a little disappointing. it would have been very helpful to suggest some cheaper alternatives for us as there are so many and its very confusing. I want good tools but at a much more reasonable price than yours shown. Cheap ones from China etc are obviously rubbish, so any recommendations would be very helpful. thankyou

  9. Very informative. I used to make jewellery 15 yrs ago and then sold all my tools, but I now need to buy some again and couldn't remember the ones I need, so thanks for sharing your advice.

  10. Thank you so much for this! I've been making costume jewelry for years But never with wire, and you just taught me a very valuable lesson now that I'm getting into wire wrapping. I will definitely be watching all your videos!

  11. I'm so glad I came across your channel! I gauged my piercings up to a 16ga, and I want to convert everything I have in smaller gauges to larger ones. I had no clue that wire-rounding tool existed! It's going to make things so much easier for my hands.

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