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Useful Charts Show How Much Wire is Needed for Wire Coils

I like coiling wire to add to my wire work jewelry designs.  Making your own wire coils to cut up into jump rings saves money especially when you need lots for chain maille or for some designs.

But it's hard to know just how much wire you need.  When you are working with precious metals, that knowledge is really useful so you can be sure you have enough of the expensive materials.

Thank goodness for Perri Jackson. She shared an awesome guide on her site (Update :no longer available) to help us see quickly in the form of charts exactly how much wire is needed to make 1 cm, 1 inch or 1 foot coils depending on what size mandrels and what the wire gauge is!

Please read the instructions carefully at the beginning of the PDF which will help you read the charts properly.

Perri mentions the charts will also help wire workers who weave with wire. They can estimate how much wire they need "because weaves are basically just fancy, slightly wider, closely connected coils!!!"

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  1. What an invaluable resource this is. The amount of work that went into calculating and drafting all of the charts boggles my mind. I have just printed off the PDF and it is going into a special binder of mine on tips and techniques related to wire working.

    Also love her etsy shop and there are a number of her designs that I really desire - now the problem is to narrow the selection down to maybe just 2 or three. :D

  2. This would be very helpful, once i figure it out. Thanks for the link, it will be very useful to me as I learnt to cole on an electric drill!

  3. Thanks so much for featuring my tutorial, Pearl. :-)
    It was created as a useful personal resource, but I hoped others would find it useful, as well.
    Anyone who needs further explanation can contact me through my site. :-)

    Almost Precious: Thank you! The calculations and charts really weren't too much trouble initially, as I have my own personal Mathematician to help craft the formulas. The charts only needed to be arranged so that I could find what I wanted in future. :-)
    The real work was validating the data for accuracy after all was said and done so I don't lead other people astray. :-)
    I'm glad you find the info helpful. :-)

    Perri Jackson
    Shaktipaj Designs

  4. Thank YOU for sharing it. It was a tremendous effort on your part so we are all so grateful.


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