Saturday, January 27, 2007

Making Spiral Wire

I make my own spiral wire for molla flowers. I use a long piece of 1.3 mm (16 gauge) wire on which I wrap 0.3 mm (28 gauge) colored wire. (In the picture on the left, the green wire is 1.3 mm, and the blue wire is 0.3 mm). The wire has to be wrapped fairly neatly. I then use a piece of 0.25 mm (30 gauge) wire to space out the coils in the 0.3 mm (blue) wire. (In the picture on the right, the silver wire is the 0.25 mm wire). When spacing, do not take the 0.3 mm (blue) wire off the 1.3 mm (green) wire. Fold the 0.25 mm (silver) wire in half and place it between two coils of the blue wire. If you wrapped the wire in a counterclockwise direction, then pull the silver wire around the 1.3 mm wire in a clockwise direction.
You can also use a 1 mm (18 gauge wire) to wrap the 0.3 mm wire around. If you do this, you should use a 0.4 mm (26 gauge) wire inside instead of the usual 0.5 mm (24 gauge).
I hope that these directions were understandable. If you have questions, you can leave a comment or e-mail me.


shanz said...

i was wondering if coiling gizmo would be handy?

Victoria said...

This is a good start. Thanks!
Is there anyway you could do a video on maybe youtube with more detail??
Thanks again