|by Katie Hacker|
A few specialty tools can add a whole new dimension to your wire jewelry projects. The coiling gizmo is an ingenious tool that makes coiling quick and consistent. A jig has repositionable pegs that make it easy to create your own jewelry components.
To make a coil using the wire gizmo, attach the wire end to the rod by wrapping it around the rod a few times. Hold the wire against the bracket, and then turn the rod to make a coil. Continue turning the rod to produce a coil. You can cut this apart for spacers, or you can coil it again to make a bead.
To make a double coiled bead, slip the coiled length onto a wire end. Attach the wire to the rod, and then turn the rod to make a short coil. Use your thumb to press up on the bottom of the coil and watch as it turns itself onto the rod to create a double-coiled bead.
Now you have a double-coiled bead that can be strung onto a beaded jewelry design. There are two rod sizes that you can use with various gauges of wire to create different effects. Try using the same rod for both coils and then use different rods for both coils to see what you can do.
You can use a jig to create wire shapes to use for jewelry components. This is especially helpful if you're making earrings, because the earring parts will match. Place the pegs in a pattern, and then place the wire into a hole near a peg. Wrap the wire around the pegs. Remove the wire from the pegs and cut off any extra wire. To harden the shape, place it on a bench block or anvil and strike it with a hammer.