Put the tag end of the wire thru the hole in the T-bar handle and begin turning the handle with the index finger of one hand while holding the mandrel with the other. Place your thumb lightly against the mandrel to guide the wire evenly onto it.
Continue spooling the wire onto the mandrel until you get to the practical limits of the rod. As you get familiar with the tool, you will want to experiment with different lengths of this first spring-like coil to get the effects and sizes of finished products you desire.
For this next step, when you have spooled onto the mandrel as much wire as you want, cut the wire off as close to the mandrel as possible (note: do not trim the length that you have fastened thru the handle.) Now take your spring-like coil off the mandrel. Run a NEW LENGTH of wire thru the CENTER of this coil (you can let go of the coil so it drops down this new length, it doesn't matter since it's not going anywhere!)
Put the tag end of this new wire, which may be a different color or gauge, into the hole in the handle, the same as in Step 1. Twist this new wire onto the mandrel 10 or 15 times. Now slide your spring-like coil back up and either put its long end back thru the hole in the handle a second time or simply twist it around the handle or the other wire's tag end. This is necessary to keep your springy coil from sliding away from you as you twist it in the next step.
Now simply turn the handle, the same as in Step 1. Your spring-like coil will begin to wrap itself around the mandrel creating a new, thicker coil. Neat, eh? (You can now see that the length of your first-step coil determines the length of this new, second one.) It is beneficial to end this step by continuing to wrap a tight, small coil around the mandrel after the big coil fully wraps. This lends symetry to your second stage coiled bead.
It is beneficial to end this step by continuing to wrap a tight, small coil around the mandrel after the big coil fully wraps. This lends symetry to your second stage coiled bead.
This coiled bead, which looks a bit like an automobile's front springs, can itself be wound onto the mandrel.
To do this, repeat the previous step of running a new wire thru the center of this bead. Afix the new wire's tag end to your handle, spin on 10 or 15 turns, bring your coiled bead back up, afix its end and twist the whole coil. You will soon learn how much pressure to place on the bead to get a good result....
Voila! A kuchie, or blue moon, bead!
You have now mastered the basics of using the Twist 'n' CurlTM tool!
Our shaped Supplements work essentially the same way with an operating exception: non-round shapes are more difficult to remove from the mandrels if wound on tightly. Try them with the wire spun on at a 45o angle with space between the wraps.
Have a great time and let us know how you're using the tool!
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