Wire wrapping is a hand fabricated method of jewelry design and creation. It involves the use of tools to bind and twist wires together. Some of the basic techniques include twisting the wire, wrapping a wire bundle, crimping or flattening the wrap, scrolling, and shaping.
Wire shears: Although a jeweler's saw is the most common tool for cutting sheet metal, the state of the art in metal-cutting shears is causing many of us to welcome this tool into our arsenal.
Hole-punching pliers: Many are on the lookout for quicker and easier ways to cut holes in metal. Hole punching pliers are your answer: given the choice between sawing tiny little squares and ovals out of sheet metal, or cutting them with one punch of the pliers, I'll take the second, thank you very much. They come in various sizes, usually measured in millimetres. Pliers that are 1.25mm will make holes that are a perfect size for jump rings made from 18-gauge wire. They're also useful for making holes for 16-gauge rivets. If the hole is too snug, enlarge it a little with a round file.
Bail-forming pliers: These tools are stepped so that you can make consistent-sized loops time after time, and you can know that your loops will be just the right size.
Square & octagonal shaping mandrels: These tools allow you to explore more adventurous shapes when making your own jump rings. Make the usual round jump rings, but then place them on the shaping mandrel and form with a soft mallet.
Source: Adapted from 'The New...The Cool...Tools', Step by Step Wire Jewelry, Ronna Sarvas Weltman, Interweave, June-July 2010