Archive for March, 2012

Wire Protectors – It’s the Little Things that Make a Big Difference

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

This tiny sterling silver finding can make a huge difference in the durability and professional appearance of your work. At only 32 cents a piece, they are economical to use too.

Called a wire protector, it not only protects the wire, but adds a very professional look to your jewelry. Wire protectors give movement and flexibility around the clasp, making it easier to clasp your jewelry for wearing.

We here at WUB especially love to use them for multi-strand creations, letting the strands move freely and making them less likely to twist together. The picture below shows a two-strand creation in progress. The wire protectors also give an added sense of security when attaching them to an open jump ring – no more worrying that the strand might pull through a small gap!

Wire protectors have a little channel or sort of a “tube” in them so that you can thread your flexible stranded wire (such as 49-strand Soft Flex) through them. This is how you use it:

1. Thread a crimp tube onto your wire
2. Thread the wire through the wire protector
3. Thread the wire back through the crimp tube.
4. Pull the wire so that you can slide the crimp up snug to the last bead
5. Secure the crimp

We hope you find these wire protectors as fabulous as we do! Know of other ways to use wire protectors? Leave us a comment, we would love to hear!

Wire Protector Detail