The Darice Thing-A-Ma Wire Jig is a rectangle jewelry-making device made of aluminum with several holes punched in it for pegs. These pegs can be placed anywhere on the jig to make numerous patterns and designs. Whether you are making jewelry, home décor items or other wire crafts, the Thing-A-Ma Jig can assist you with the project. Not only is it extremely useful, it is also compact and easy to store with your other jewelry making supplies.
Things You'll Need
- Thing-A-Ma Jig Deluxe and pegs
- Jewelry wire
- Wire cutter
- Needle nose pliers
- Jewelry block
- Plastic mallet
Lay your Thing a Ma Jig on a flat surface. Also place a handful of the small pegs that go into the device nearby.
Insert the pegs into the holes of the Thing a Ma Jig. Design your own pattern with the pegs, using one of the patterns that came with the device or downloading one from an online resource. There are several online resources that have numerous patterns to choose from.
Grab your jewelry wire. Wrap the wire around the pegs according to the pattern you have chosen. Leave a tail of wire on one end. Wrap the wire snuggly against the pegs as you make your design. You can wrap the wire around the outside, inside or entire perimeter of the peg. At this point, you can overlap the wire to make your desired pattern.
Pull the wire pattern off of the Thing a Ma Jig with your fingers or needle nose pliers. Place the wire on your work surface. Use a wire cutter to cut any excess lengths off of the ends of the wire. Ideally you don't want any overlapping sections of wire if you are going to be flattening the wire design. If you are planning to flatten the design, separate the wire slightly until the overlapping parts separate just a bit. If you want to keep the overlapping pieces, flatten the wire design except at the junction points.
Place the wire pattern on a jewelry block. Use a plastic mallet to flatten the wire design. Flattening the wire will make the metal stronger and less likely to move around, shift or undo the design you have made.
Continue with your project. Create more designs on the Thing a Ma Jig, if you desire.
- Darice Thing-A-Ma Jig Deluxe: Instructions; Darice.
- The Beading Emporium: Thing a Ma Jig Tutorial
- Photo Credit Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images
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