Twisting wire is one of the most basic metal working techniques. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t tips and tricks to make the work more interesting and easier to do. Connie Fox has been covering wire work basics and interesting techniques in her series “Wire Wise Q&A” in “Step by Step Wire Jewelry” Magazine. The notes here are meant to augment her article in the Fall 2006 Issue.


Here are some of the practice bracelets I made in exploring different ways to handle the ends. Please note that for each bracelet there is a set of notes (like the ones that I recommend that you keep when you experiment with twisting wire). By reviewing my notes, you should be able to reproduce any of these bracelets. These are just notes, so unnecessary details are missing.





12ga O wire – 18” piece (Ag)

Anneal

Fold in half

Twist with hook in hand drill

20ga O wire – 18” piece (Cu)

Fold in half

Insert into loop

Lay wires into cracks

Determine desired length

Cut ½” longer (to allow for hook)

Separate 12ga wire back about 1” – 1 ½ ” from end

Bend one wire around the other 3

Tighten, cut and secure

Bend remaining end into hook

Finish ends

Tumble








24ga O wire – 18” – 3 pcs.

Anneal

Loop and twist together tightly

Anneal

10ga O wire – 18”pc

Anneal

Slip 24ga twisted wire on 10ga loop

Insert dowel into loop – twist 10ga – leave out 24ga

Lay 24ga into crack of twist














Flatten brass wire

14ga O Cu wire

Twist together (Vise Grips)

Clip flat wire to allow bead on 14ga Cu wire

Bend end to secure bead

















20ga O wire – 18” Cu

Fold in half

Twist

Flattened Brass Wire – 9”

Twist together

10ga O wire – 9”

Twist together

Use flat wire to wrap around and secure ends

Clip and file other wires.














10ga □ wire Cu – 9”

Twist tightly

10ga O wire Cu – 9”

Twist together

Rectangular Brass wire – 9”

Twist together

Form into bracelet

Wrap rectangular wire around others

Cut ends and finish















20ga O wire  Cu 18”

Fold in Half

Twist

Rectangular Brass wire – 9”

Twist

12ga O wire Cu – 9”

Twist together

Wrap 12ga wire around others to secure ends

Clip wires and finish




















14ga □ wire

R-hand twist TIGHT

Rectangular wire

Twist together

12ga O wire

Twist together

Wrap ends

Finish



















12ga O wire

14ga □ wire

10ga O wire flattened

Twist together

























10ga O wire – 2

Twist together

14ga □ wire

Twist randomly