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    Has anyone ever made their own wire jig? I saw a really cute pattern on a website but it used a jig that I don't have (and won't pay $46 for) so I figured I could make my own. There was a template on the website, so I printed it on a piece of stencil blanks and am using a small hand drill to do the holes in a piece of scrap wood from DH's scrap box. It will take forever 'cus I think it said there were 400+ holes in this particular jig.
    Let you know if it works.
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    Sounds like tons of work to me.
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    What are you using for the pegs?

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    What do you use it for?
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    Originally posted by jujuann:
    Sounds like tons of work to me.
    Yes, it sure does. How are you doing on the holes?
    bonnie


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    Carol: If your husband has a drill press, it should take you about all of ONE HOUR to do it - even if there are 400 holes. As long as you have the pattern marked out on the wood, it will go really fast.

    Are you going to use nails when you make your patterns? I am figuring that you use a peg of some type and change it to the pattern you want - that's why I figured you could use nails.

    Let me know how it works out and, REALLY, it should not be that hard to make at all.
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    Carol: I just had a thought after talking to my DH -- you don't have to even trace the pattern on to the wood. He said, just make sure the pattern is the size you want it to be (enlarge it or reduce it on a copier). You can either temporarily staple it to the appropriate size wood you want to use or use a spray adhesive (not permanent of course) -- place your pattern side up and there you go - all ready for the drill press. You drill right through the paper. When you are done, just remove the remainder of the paper.

    I hope this helps.
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    I was doing fine until I got the bright idea to try it on a plastic CD case ( I thought the grain in the wood was making the holes off slightly in spots). Bad idea! The plastic melted with the heat the drill bit produced and gummed it all up. I have to go find another very small bit. I am going to use very small nails with the tops cut off for the pegs.
    Unfortunately, a drill press is one tool DH doesn't have. Uhmmmm! Christmas present, maybe. LOL
    You use a wire jig to make designs from wire. This is the pattern that started all of this.
    Carol
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    Carol: Are patterns easy to find free on the internet? If so, do you have the site to post? Sorry to hear about the melting. I take it you are far from Michigan - lol. If you were close, you could come over and we could make one for each of us
    Dawn

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    THat is very neat Carol. Looks like you could make lots of fun stuff with that!
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