Wire Writing Tutorial – Sarah Millsop’s Step-by-Step Guide
Wire writing is a popular form of jewellery-making, as wire is such a versatile medium for jewellery makers and crafters to work with! From making your own clasps, ear wires, connectors and beads, to crafty embellishments and fun little accessories, wire writing opens up a world of possibilities. It’s also a fantastic way to create personalised pieces, as (once you get the hang of it!) wire writing names is an easy way to make a piece of jewellery unique. Even if you’re not a fan of jewellery, this fun craft can be used in plenty of other ways. Sarah Millsop‘s crafty tutorial below takes you step-by-step through creating your very own stylised paperclips!
I wanted to make something that may appeal to the ‘non-jewellery makers’ out there, but still have a crafty and personalised element, using materials I am used to working with. I haven’t done any wire writing for years, so I took to a few practise letters and fell in love with it all over again. Whether it be for scrapbooking, cardmaking or home décor, you can follow simple or creative fonts in wire, to bespoke many projects!
This week, I have created a few simple paper clips for you to try. If you are not used to working with wire, I would recommend starting with these hearts. You will need round nosed pliers and cutters to ensure that you can work with precision, and a 1.25mm wire will give you a strong shape that will hold its form. If you’re a total beginner to wire writing, you may find it easier to practise with a softer wire, which can be easier to bend and shape, and gets you used to some of the movements.
Once you are confident and ready, you can move on to more intricate writing, and even adding beads as embellishments too!
You Will Need:
Wire Writing Tutorial:
Take approx. 30cm of wire (this is more than you will need, but leaves you enough room for error too!) Leave a 2cm tail, and bend the wire around the thickest, deepest part of your round nosed plier. This is one side of the largest heart on your clip.
Repeat Step 1 to give you a complete heart shape. The sides don’t need to be totally symmetrical. Have fun with your design and personalise it! Wire work doesn’t always need to be perfect!
Bend the wire at the base of the heart to give you a neat line. Approximately 2cm along the base, you can begin your smaller second heart. So that the wire direction flows for the rest of your work, start with the far side of the heart first.
The other side will sit behind the base line of wire, and flow to the left, allowing the rest of your wire to create the ‘clip’ itself.
Leave 3cm, and fold the wire totally back on itself. You may wish to use flat nosed pliers to pinch this together and get a really sharp crease.
Leave about 4cm to this tail before bending the wire around the base of your round nose pliers to give the final curve. This should replicate the tails of a paper clip. This will be the section that sits behind your papers, so if you need it super strong and longer, you can personalise to your needs.
I very often keep off-cuts of wire, and these are really useful for practising any letters or shapes which I am a little more dubious of forming… practise makes perfect, remember!
I hope you enjoy personalising some of your stationery… I love surrounding myself with handmade elements. Why should our paperwork have to be boring?! These should come with a warning though… if your colleagues catch sight of them in the office… you’re going to have to make more!
Lots of love,