I am a new beader and am having a lot of fun with it. I am however stuck with the process of making spirals. I understand one is supposed to hold the spiral with a flat nose pliers, and turn and push, but when I do so, the spiral keeps slipping. In fact, to prevent it from slipping I have to hold it so tight that the spiral gets flattened. The process appears relatively simply, and I am able to do it, but this seems to be a problem I am unable to find a solution.
I wonder if someone can help me.
Thanks so much!
Mine use to do that too. Then I started using nylon jawed pliers and they grip the wire much better and don't leave tool marks.
You can probably find these anywhere that would sell the wire. (I shop on-line so I can't tell you what retail store might have them.)
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I have used that too, but it slips there too I learnt from some video that one is supposed to hold the spiral at the lower end of the flat nose spiral.. but it hasn't worked for me! Seems I'm just missing something there..
I'm not sure I understand what you mean.
I tried to write out how I make mine but it's kinda hard to find the right words. I could show you no problem but since you can't see my hands on the screen I guess that wouldn't really help.
I can't remember if it was a written description or a video that got the light to click on for me. I'll check my books and on line and if I can find it I will post it here to see if it will help.
Sorry I wasn't of more help hang in there you'll get it.
Edited to add link: http://www.beadingdaily.com/glossary/perfecting-the-wire-spiral-free-video-class.aspx this is a good video to check your technique.
Several factors can come into play when learning to make spirals. One is the temper of your wire, such as is it dead soft or half hard and the size you are using. Yes, working the spiral in the back of the flat nose pliers is correct, it gives you more control. You use your thumb to walk the wire around as you shift the pliers and gently turn. Adjusting the pressure you are using also comes into play. so you don't have a death grip on the wire and leave marks. There are several different sites with tutorials to show you how to do spirals. Take a look at www.beaducation.com since they have an excellent one and then check out www.wire-sculpture.com for stuff as well.
You can try going through this video on how to make spirals. She does it very good. It requires loads of practice to get it right. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98ldk-aUGm0
I have a Coiling Gizmo, I use it with 20 gauge wire. It works great for making spirals.
I have the same problem. I think i should have a try.
Since I am an old duffer, and not known for how not to do something, I started making spirals using my soft nosed pliers. Still do it with the soft nose pliers. Holding the wire in my left hand and the wire in the pliers, just make a very short turn to the left with the pliers. Keep doing the short turns with the wire snug against the started coil in the plier, and the first thing you know, you have a beautiful spiral. No limit as to the size.
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