Artistic Wire JIG Mini Tutorial

This post brought to you by BEADALON!Beadalon Tent Sale Post PartyDay 2 of the Beadalon Tent sale post party is here and I want to introduce you to Sara Ellis!Sarah Ellis for BeadalonSara designs all sorts of intricate pieces and at the tent sale, she was working with Beadalon’s Artistic Wire Findings Forms.  You can see them all here.  Here’s a quick little tutorial we shot from her demo table.  I think you’ll find it gives you some ideas from making clasps to links!  And if you’re like me and struggle with wire working, you’ll like the findings forms because they keep everything nice and consistent.
Jewelry Making Beadalon Artistic Wire jig Make clasps or linksSo on the left we have the findings form and on the right the finished product.  I’m not going to lie–I’m dying to hammer one of these with a chasing hammer.
Artistic Wire jig tutorialYou start by poking your wire through the hole from the front to the back.  This anchors it while you wind and wrap on the front.
Artistic Wire jig link tutorialEach form comes with a nice set of instructions with ideas of where and what direction to wrap the wire.
Artistic Wire jig tutorial from Beadalon.comJewelry Making Artistic Wire jig from BeadalonFor this link, she used 20g. Artistic Wire in bright silver.
Jewelry making Artistic Wire link tutorialWhen you come to the end, slide the wire link from the form and trim the ends.  Now, you can hammer the link or add more wire wrapping.
Artistic Wire earrings made by Sarah Ellis for Beadalon.comHere’s a sweet little pair of earrings Sara made with pink wire and beaded drops.  I do believe this would be a really great activity for teens looking to get into jewelry making!
Beadalon crew Sarah, Yvette, Katie and SandraJust another peek at the fun after work.  Sara, Yvette, Katie and Sandra at the top!  Haha!
IMG_0877This is the class that Sara taught while at the tent sale.  It features this findings form.

I asked Sara what some of her favorite jewelry techniques were and she said:  wire wrapping and stringing!

Then I asked what some of her hobbies are and she said: painting, decoupage, shopping and writing.

Be sure to check out and subscribe to Sara’s amazing YouTube channel where she has lots of tutorials featuring many Beadalon products!

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