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    Has any one used a 'Wigjig' or a 'Thing a ma jig' to make patterns, or, jewellery etc. out of wire? If so, would you recommend them, or are there any better alternatives and are there any good instruction books?
    Jayne


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    You can buy various jigs. I have a wig jig just an acrylic sheet with holes in and some pegs would work.

    All you ever want to know about wire work and more. http://www.wigjig.com/index.html
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    • #3
      Thanks Goldy1, do you find it easy to use?
      Jayne


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      • #4
        I made these napkin rings out of pewter sheet using pegs placed in holes that I had drilled into MDF. It was pretty easy so I would imagine that working with wire would be even easier.

        Si.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by woodtattoos View Post
          I made these napkin rings out of pewter sheet using pegs placed in holes that I had drilled into MDF. It was pretty easy so I would imagine that working with wire would be even easier.

          Si.

          They look wonderful
          Jayne


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          • #6
            I have also used nails in wood to make wire shapes with. the advantage of jig is you can change shapes easy. takes a bit of practice but is easy to make lots of shapes. I also have the coil maker too. the only reason I bought the m was because I was in the USA and hey were cheap.
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            • #7
              I have the metal thingamyjig, and have used it to make a lot of the shapes that I have then made into jewellery. I find the hardest bit is getting the wrap around to lie flat, but now use my pliers to 'persuade' the wire to slide down the peg and lie flat.

              I also have the coiling gizmo, I just love making coils, and then making jewellery out of them, have also used a piece of coiled metal on the jig to make a more interesting pendant.

              This was the coil that was also worked on the jig
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              • #8
                Hi Jayne
                I have a home made jig for shaping wire it is based on the shop bought ones but bigger. for making repetition as well as intricate shapes some of the things I have made on it would be very tricky or a lot of wasted time measuring and marking without it

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                • #9
                  I have a small shop-bought jig. It's just an acrylic pegboard with metal pegs, but to be honest it would be easier if the pegs were taller as the wire slides up quite easily. That's probably just me though and I should persevere more with it

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                  • #10
                    Thank you all, so much, you've given me loads to think about
                    Jayne


                    "One must have chaos in oneself in order to give birth to a dancing star."

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                    • #11
                      Let us know how you get on won't you

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Cambiel View Post
                        Let us know how you get on won't you
                        I certainly will
                        Jayne


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                        • #13
                          Sorry I'm a bit late for this but I have a plastic thing ma jig and it's really good and was soooo cheap - maybe worth a go anyway? I used it for some quite think wire pendants which I added jump rings on and put on ribbons - just need to finish off the ends to make into necklaces...I'll get round to it....one day!!
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