A Thing-A-Ma Jig is a wire jig by Beadsmith, a brilliant tool that enables you to create your own loops and designs using metal wire.
The designs you make using the jig can then be incorporated into your jewellery and used as links in earrings, necklaces and bracelets.
Here's an example of how we made a simple loop design and created a necklace by attaching it to chain and hanging a pretty wire wrapped pyrite briolette bead for added detail. Follow our tutorial on how to wire wrap a briolette bead.
If you're looking for a high-quality jig that will last, we recommend going for a metal jig as it's far stronger and more durable than other, cheaper plastic versions.
Begin by deciding the design you would like to create, the Thing-A-Ma Jig comes with basic patterns to practice with which is a great place to start. Place your pegs in the slots in the metal board and secure in place with the plastic washers. Using round nose pliers, form a loop at the top of a piece of wire, then place over the peg and begin forming your chosen shape. Trim any excess wire using side cutters and then manipulate the shape with snipe nose pliers and your fingers, you can then work harden the piece by using nylon jaw pliers or a repousse hammer.
Choose from plated, sterling silver, 9ct gold, copper, brass and more in a range of sizes to suit your handmade jewellery designs.
Ready to give it a go and make unique and fancy shapes with wire? Shop our Deluxe Thing-A-Ma Jig and get creating professional designs every time.
Once you have finished creating your wire design using the Thing-A-Ma-Jig, the best way to work harden and flatten your piece is by placing it on a steel block and using a repousse hammer (also known as a chasing hammer) to gently tap your design. This gives a professional finish, ready to incorporate into your design.
When using a metal jig, you will need jewellery pliers and cutters in order to form the initial loop, cut the wire and manipulate it into shape.
Our pack of pliers has all the pliers you need for jewellery making, including: snipe nose pliers, flat nose pliers, round nose pliers, bent nose pliers, side cutters. We also have individual pliers available, round nose pliers, snipe nose pliers and side cutters are recommended for this project.
These nylon jaw flat nose pliers are also from Beadsmith - they are an essential tool for wire working as they will not damage, mark or scratch your wire. These are also great for straightening your wire as well as work hardening it to keep its shape.