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Why You Should Learn Wire Wrapping Skills

Published January 31, 2015 by mollyglows

Catherinette Rings Steampunk / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA

Deciding which skills to learn can be confusing, especially when we’re inspired by so many artists and their internet galleries. One week we are drawn to polymer clay , then we see a great necklace and decide we need to upgrade our bead stringing, or crochet, skills. However, some skills translate across more than one medium or craft. Wire wrapping skills are great for creating intricate jewelry, larger art pieces and hanging beads from almost anything. There are two really great reasons to learn wire wrapping skills before all others; what you can make and where you can find wire.

Unusual Jewelry

You have seen the intricacy of wire wrapped jewelry in Etsy shops and on Pinterest, but have you seen crocheted wire jewelry? Made using craft wire, the lacy loops and swirls, normally reserved for great yarns, make wire stand out as a viable option for expensive looking bracelets and chokers. Since craft wire is very soft, and almost impossible to harden, consider attaching the choker or bracelet to a stiff base to protect the completed project’s shape.

Repurpose and Recycle

As I said, the second reason for learning wire wrapping is where you can find wire. Every old electric appliance has wire ans does every old extension cord. If is not the best copper wire, but you don’t want to use your best wire when practicing loops and spirals, or learning to use a new ear wire template or eye making tool. All you need do is strip away the outer covering, then straighten the wire. Using this wire to practice your wire techniques is a great recycling project!