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How to Finish Fibers with Wire Wraps

With all the hot new fiber options being used in jewelry these days, you may need ideas for finishing the ends. This simple wire wrap is a quick, easy and professional way to finish fibers in your jewelry pieces

Tools used:
Side cutters, semi-flush (TOOL-131)
Bent chain nose pliers (TOOL-133)
Cut a piece of sterling silver wire between 22 and 26 gauge to a length of at least four inches. With your chain nose pliers, make a hook at one end of the wire. The size of the hook will vary depending on the type of fiber you are using. If your fiber is wider, then your hook will need to be bigger.
Attach your fiber to a jump ring by folding the end of your fiber over the jump ring. Make sure you don't have more then 1/4th-inch tail; you are trying to cover it all with the wrap.
Slide the hook of wire over the fiber.
Hold the hook and fiber with your finger, with your other hand, wrap the wire around the fiber. Try to get the wrap as close and tight as possible. After you make enough wraps, about 5 or 6, cut any excess wire.
Lay your chain nose pliers along all the wraps you just made and flatten them a bit for extra hold. After doing this, you may need to trim the wire once more. Make sure to flatten down the end of the wire so that it is not sticking up.
You are now able to attach your clasp to your jump ring.


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