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Wyatt White's Top Three Wire Working Tools

With so many tools out there, how can you choose a favorite? Wyatt picked three of his most favorite for this week's Facebook Live Video. 1. Multipliers - Wyatt has come up with a great technique for increasing your speed for making linked beads. The Multipliers remove the need to put down and pick up your pliers over and over while you are making loops. Check out this video for a step by step tutorial. 2. Memory Wire Bending Pliers  - Make consistent size loops at the end of Memory Wire with the Memory Wire Bending Pliers. You can also use these pliers as bail making pliers and looping pliers! 3. Wire Bending Pliers - have the perfect bend to make a bangle or cuff bracelet. Wyatt also uses Fashion Grips  with all of his tools! These "tool cozies" come in 6 different patterns with matching cases. The Fashion Grips not only make your tools more comfortable to hold, but they are super cute! Those are Wyatt's top 3 Wire Working Tools right

Weaving on the Jewel Loom with Leslie Rogalski

What a jam packed Facebook Live we had with Leslie Rogalski from The Beadsmith! I was so lucky to have a one-on-one lesson with Leslie to learn how to use the Jewel Loom with two-holed beads. Leslie took me and the Live participants from the very first steps of setting up the Jewel Loom all the way through to some easy finishing techniques. Along the way, she offered so many helpful tips and tricks to maximize your looming success! How to set up the Jewel Loom: Assemble the Loom by putting the metal rod in. Hold it against your belly and GENTLY bend the loom so you can fit the metal rod in one hole, then the next. Tie .006 WildFire to the button on the back of the Jewel Loom with a square knot (right over left, left over right). Give a tug to make sure it's secure. Bring the Warp Thread up and over the loom and secure it in one of the grooves. Pull it with tension across the top of the loom and rest it in the groove on the opposite side. Flip the loom over and bri
If you need to make curves, bends, loops or rings in different sizes, the Stepped Bail Making Pliers are for you! In this episode of Facebook Live, Wyatt White showed how to make a gorgeous bail, several different shapes of connectors, hooks, and rings out of both Round and Flat Artistic Wire. Stepped Bail Making Pliers   make 6 different loop sizes: 9 mm (0.35 in), 8 mm (0.31 in), 6 mm (0.23 in), 5 mm (0.2 in), 3 mm (0.12), and 2 mm (0.08 in).   By just moving your wire to a different size on the jaw, you can vary your design and create all kinds of components. Join them together with Jump Rings made on one of the larger sizes for custom chains! As always, Wyatt's video is filled with tips and great advice for working with Wire. For example, when he uses thicker Artistic Wire, he recommends the 12 and 14 Gauge Cup Burr attachment for the Battery Operated Bead Reamer as a great tool to round off those sharp ends. Wyatt broke down two amazing projects using the