Don’t have just the right embellishment for your card or layout? Make your own! Use wire to make your own embellishments.
First off, the smaller the number the thicker the wire, why, who knows… just is *giggles* So make sure the gauge wire fits your project. I use 20 gauge wire to make mine. If the wire is to thin then you can break it by working it too much. On the flip side, if it is too thick it will become unmanageable. As you bend the wire this way and that way you may notice the wire is getting stiffer, this is called work hardening. Not to worry this is normal.
You could also use 18 gauge but then the ‘doodad’ becomes thicker adding dimension to your project. If that is what you want then go for it! But keep in mind that pages in an album (even with a sheet protector) can become damaged as the wire can ‘pop’ through the card-stock (Ask me how I know *sigh*).
No special or fancy tools are required. I got mine from a Hobby Lobby with a coupon (Because it’s all about saving a buck right?). I use a chain nose, bent nose, round nose and flat craft pliers. Then it’s up to you and your imagination!
Bend, fold & twist until you get something you like. Make loops and swirls, add beads or crystals (keeping then small unless you are a lumpy scrapper). I have even added small pieces of other colored wire to add dimension.
Here are some I have made