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Using the Wire Twister Tool


Place up to 5 wires onto the disc of the Wire Twister, then attach the wires to a sturdy object. Pull the wires taut, turn the crank, and watch the wires twist. Use color combinations to create great looking Jump Rings. Multiple wires, once twisted, have more strength than single wires. Make creating Artistic Wire designs more interesting and fun. Use twisted wires in the Beadalon Jump Ring Maker to create different sizes of round or oval jump rings.


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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Place up to 5 wires onto the disc of the Wire Twister, then attach the wires to a sturdy object.
Step 2:
Pull the wires taut, turn the crank and watch the wires twist.
Step 3:
Multiple wires, once twisted, have more strength than single wires.

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    This answered a lot of questions I had about the tool. It’s a pretty interesting idea, but it seems that a lot of wire is wasted with this method. Surely there is a method available that is more frugal with the wire? Hope so!

  2. M bennett
    M bennett says:

    love the idea but like Mary rather not have so much waste…maybe not twist till breaking would help with that..??

  3. Flutterbug
    Flutterbug says:

    I was concerned about this (wire waste) at first as well, but I’ve found that the advantage of twisting til the wires break, is that the resulting wire is more stable (much less likely to unravel); and therefore easier to manage.

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    Hill Country Gal says:

    I haven’t met a Beadalon product yet, that I didn’t like. I’m sure you can think of something to do with the left over piece. I’ getting one.

  5. Elaine aka Belly Chick
    Elaine aka Belly Chick says:

    This wire twister works great…no problems what so ever! I do find that it works best with 22 to 26 gauge wire…not so much with thicker gauges!

  6. Kate
    Kate says:

    Thanks for the feedback, Elaine! Wire gauge tip much appreciated :-)

  7. Jax luvs jewels
    Jax luvs jewels says:

    I love the tool and it’s a great video! Thanks for all the helpful videos!

    Wire gauges would be greatly appreciated!
    Seems like this would be a great tool for making the tree of life pendant.
    Thanks again!
    Jackie

  8. Sylvia N
    Sylvia N says:

    Interesting tool,but I find my power drill works fast and you can put multi wires in and fast!

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    karemay12 says:

    I use a household power drill. Just insert the wire(s) into the tip and tighten. Press trigger on drill slowly, you don’t want to go too fast as the wire could break. Keep allowing the wire to twist until you achieve the desired look.

  10. D Mettetal
    D Mettetal says:

    I didn’t think of using a drill. I wonder if I used 20 gauge wire, 4 strands, twisted it, then put on a jump ring maker, would this work or would all the twisting weaken the wire? Not sure if a jump that is made this way, would stay in place.

  11. DonnaKate M
    DonnaKate M says:

    Great for wrapping when back in stock ?

  12. Country Lady
    Country Lady says:

    I love the finished wire look. Can you give me samples on where to use it, plz. It looks really nice. Ty.

  13. Moogie
    Moogie says:

    I would also like to know what kinds of uses there are for the finished twisted wire. I have one of these twisters but am new at beading & need suggestions. Thanks!

  14. Moogie
    Moogie says:

    Ok, one thing I did was use my 3-color twisted wire with my knitter tool. I didn’t add any beads, just knitted a tube and put it through the draw plate to make it a length of small, colorful wire. I can use that to make whatever!

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    S March says:

    What do you have for people like myself who have very sensitive hands and fingers. I’m not supposed to hold small items or my OT will be very upset with me. The twisting is the hard part. Thanks for an answer.

  16. Moogie
    Moogie says:

    Well, this twister tool is super easy. I just used it last night, using 3 strands of 26 gauge wire. Once you attach each wire to the round plastic part, bring all wires stretched out together & twist or attach them to a doorknob or other solid, stationary object. Then just start turning the crank. In the pics above you see Ali holding the tube part with her left hand & cranking with her right. That tube stays in one place, covering a central shaft that is the part that turns. When your wires are sufficiently twisted, just cut the ends off. I’m not sure of your situation, of course, but hope this helped. If not, feel free to contact customer service for more specific information.

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