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DIY Christmas - Basic Ornament Hooks And Earring Wires On The WigJig

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Have you ever bought a box of ornaments and realized that you don't have any hooks? Or, are your holiday ornament hooks looking a little old and tired? Make new ones using our non-tarnish craft wire and have hooks that will look fresh and new for years to come!

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Here is what you need:
If you've never used a WigJig before, you are about to fall in love. The WigJig offers the opportunity to form your craft wire into almost any shape that your heart may desire. In this case, I used one skinny metal peg (comes with the jig) and two super pegs(5/16" and 7/16").



When using a WigJig, you will make your first loop with your round nose pliers. Place the loop on the small metal peg. Guide the wire around the larger pegs in an "S" shape as you spin the WigJig. When you turn the jig and guide the wire, the jig will make lovely and fluid lines that can be repeated time and time again.


Don't forget the importance of work hardening a design after you pop it off of the WigJig. Work hardening your wire actually changes the molecular structure inside the wire. It is the process of manipulating the wire to lock in the design and stiffen the wire so that your design will stay in place.


If you love this idea, you should also check out my tutorial on making your own ear wires using the WigJig. It is one of the most popular posts on our blog. You can save a ton of money by making your own ear wires for your handmade gifts this holiday season. Our craft wire is not only non-tarnishing but is also hypo-allergenic, making it a great fit for earrings!


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Blog contributor Sara Oehler (the original SoftFlexGirl) is the Sales and Marketing Manager for Soft Flex Company. Find her on facebook or her blog. She'd love to hear from you! So, please feel free to leave comments or email her at Sara@SoftFlexCompany.com.

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