Hi there, welcome to another Friday Findings
video. On this YouTube channel I have shown you many,
many techniques that you can do with wire including making your own ear wires, making
clasps, making wire frames. But here’s something you may not have thought of to do with wire,
making your own words. These are actually rather popular right now.
You can find them in certain department stores made into rings or jewelry. And this is a
rather fun way to use wire, making whatever words you like.
The first thing you’ll want to do before making some wire words is to actually practice writing
out the words that you want. And I would suggest you keep them short, love or joy or peace
or hello, something like that, probably not supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. That might
be a bit much. But practice writing out your cursive and
think about how these letters are going to work in wire. And then once you have an idea
of how you’re going to put your words together, it’s time to get out some wire.
I would suggest using soft wire like this dead soft. You can try using half hard but
it’s going to be more difficult because the wire is stiffer. The advantage is that your
wire will hold its shape better. What I suggest you do is pull out your wire,
and it’s a good idea to get yourself a longer piece than you think you’ll need, maybe for
like I think this ‘love’ word, my first piece was 12 inches.
Cut yourself a piece of wire. But before you do that, use some nylon jaw pliers and leave
your wire right on the spool that way it will just hold on to the end for you. And run your
wire through the nylon jaw pliers a few times. This not only straightens the wire, it also
starts to harden it a bit. You don’t want it too hard because then it’ll be hard to
manipulate but you want it to still be flexible. So a few strokes with the nylon jaw pliers,
cut your piece of wire. And then, you have to think about how you’re going to use these
words. You could string them with loops and use it as a pendant and probably you want
to put this up higher. Otherwise, it will hang upside down.
I’ve seen this done very small and then wrapped around something round and made into rings.
You could make it a bracelet. You could use it on paper crafts like in a scrap book or
on mixed media projects, home dec, whatever you like.
So think about how you want to use this first. And then leave yourself a good little tail
maybe 2 or 3 inches of a tail. You want to have an array of tools that will help you
shape your wire. The main thing that you’ll use is just a round
nose pliers and you could use the narrow end or the wider end. For my O’s and the A, I
used these bail making pliers with their 5 mm mandrel. You’ll have some sharp bends to
make and flat nose pliers are great for that. And if you have smaller, sharp bends then
perhaps a pair of chain nose pliers. And this is something really you just kind
of to work out on your own and practice and you’ll kind of figure it out. So for the ‘love’,
I’m just going to use my fingers to make a gradual curve up to the first part of the
L. And then I’m going to use my round nose pliers to make the top of the loop. And you
can just bring that wire right around. And that’s my L, probably one of the easiest letters to do. Now I’ve got this sharper bend going up to
the O. I’m going to use my round nose pliers there. And whenever you can hold the wire
in your tool and use your hand to move it, you’re going to get a smoother curve that
way. So there we go. I can tell already this one is going to come out quite a bigger than
that one so that’s okay. I think I’ll use the bigger mandrel.
Now the O, I’m going to end up just making a loop around rather than the way you would
write it. It just makes more sense to do it that way in wire. And again if you just hold
the wire in the tool, use your hands to bring it around. And for the O, I just reposition
my pliers and that’s kind of fun. Now for the V, I’ve got a little bit of a
bend going over to the V and that’s where I’m going to use my chain nose pliers. Put them
in there and it just takes some practice to get a judgment of whereabouts, where am I
going to position the pliers to get that bend spaced properly, so maybe about there. And
then again the round nose pliers for the bottom of the V and that’s a little long.
There, that’s better. And then we have another sharp bend here for
the V. The flat nose pliers are good for that. And then the E, I’ll tuck in the wide part
of my round nose. Over and around. I want to bend that down a little.
And then, what you can do is, if I measured this and it was 12 inches and then I’m going to
cut it off and then measure the left over piece and if you want to repeat it then you’ll
know exactly how much you want to use. Now for words like this, like peace or even
joy, this was the trickiest one I’ve found, and this one it’s good to practice because I
can see this lower loop is way too long and I was running out of wire over here so the
shorter loop is way too short. And there’s too much space here and this isn’t even and
I’m not thrilled with this. There’s a lot to work on and practice.
And then for the peace, you can see down here, I took a minute on how I’m going to
shape that, not necessarily how I would write it in cursive maybe, but how am I going to
do it in wire. And we have these sharp bends. And I’ll show you just on the end here. If
you want to do the sharp bend the best tool is the flat nose pliers. You can get it
most of the way and then you have this loop that you want to really tighten up.
If you have your wire out here in the tips of the pliers you have less leverage than
if you put it way down here closer to the axis. You have a lot more force and leverage
down here. You can see you can just gently flatten that right out. And so for both ends
of the stem of my P or for the A, that’s how you would do that or even for the C. I had
to bend it back around itself. One final thing you can do to ensure that
your wire word is as strong as possible is once you’re done with it, take your nylon
jaw pliers and just squeeze the wire with the pliers. Believe it or not just this little
bit of a motion will help strengthen the wire, will harden it and help it so that it will
hold its shape better. Another thing I had thought to do, it would
be fun to use very fine gauge wire and wrap these words maybe adding a few beads in key
places being careful that you don’t make it so you can’t read the word but just to decorate
it might be fun. So just a little bit of squeezing with the
nylon jaw pliers will help make it so that your word is a lot more stable. That’s actually
holding the shape pretty well. Just right here is the weak spot which would be expected.
Have some fun. Think of words that you would like to use to put on a piece of jewelry or
like I said a piece of home dec. Get out some inexpensive wire first and practice. And then
make yourself something really cool and interesting. If you like this video, please be sure you’ve
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KeepsakeCrafts.net, where I have lots more creative ideas and inspiration. Happy creating.