How do the Gizmos work?All of the units are hand crank machines. The Deluxe Model will make coil springs (below right) as well as coiling directly onto a core wire. (below left)
The Econo Winder(pictured below) will only make coil springs. A core wire then is inserted into the spring. You have a number of options available to you for this spring. The Econo Winder can make springs as long as ine inches. The simplicity of this tool is deceptive. There are endless projects that can be made with it.
Can I take a look at the instructions for the Econo Winder?Take a look at the Econo Winder instructions--
What does the wire look like after it's coiled on the JR Deluxe?After the first coiling, it looks like a guitar string or a piano string with the coils packed right up next to each other. If you coil this wire a second time, the coils separate and you can see the core wire between the spaces of the outside wire. It is most noticeable when you use wires of two different colors. If you dip sterling silver or copper into a solution of liver of sulfur the whole bead will darken. Then use a wire brush to take the black from the outer wire. The core wire will remain dark and the surface wire will lighten up making beautiful pieces with an antique effect.
How much wire will each model coil?The JR DELUXE MODEL will coil a stretch of about 30 feet.
The ECONO WINDER MODEL will make a coil spring around nine inches in length.
What in the world would I want with 30 ft. of coiled wire?See the gallery section for ideas.
You can do sculptures, jewelry, baskets, wall pieces and many other things. Coil the first coiling a second time around a thin rod. These in themselves make wonderful neckpieces.
OR, coil the coil above a third time. You can do this by adding a core wire into the coil above. Another option is to have no core wire. With no core wire the coils open up to make them look like a double helix. The pictures on the right and left are examples of a piece with no core wire.
How can the Deluxe Models coil such long lengths of wire?The Gizmo was initially designed to make beads. But staring me in the face was its potential to coil long pieces of wire. Two problems had to be solved. There would be wire flopping around on the left side and wire flopping around on the right side.
The JR Deluxe has been designed so that after you coil a stretch of wire, you loosen the chuck and shove the coiled wire into it. It then comes out of the handle end. The Deluxe Model (pictured bottom right) has a spool to store the coiled wire. Make a hook as shown and hook it inside the spool. Then turn the crank to take up the slack.
In your kit will be a fishing swivel (pictured above). Hook the tail of the core wire into one of the eyes. Take a second piece of wire and wire it into the other eye. You can then wire the second piece to the back of a chair or to the outrigger unit.
NOW FOR THE HIGH TECH PART--Coil several feet of wire. Go to the chair and pull it toward the Gizmo. Then feed the wire into the chuck and follow the directions for the storage of that wire for your specific model. Then you will have to push the chair away from the Gizmo to create tension on the wire.
Can I look at the instructions for the JR Deluxe?Go to the JR Deluxe instruction Manual
What kind of metal can I use in the Coiling Gizmo?The Coiling Gizmo® works with all kinds of metal: Copper, Brass, Silver (nickel, sterling, fine), gold ... even piano wire.
How do I know how much wire to use?What follows is an estimate of the wire lengths used when coiling longer pieces metal over core or "Mother" wire.
What's the best gauge of metal to use?There is no "Best" gauge. It is a matter of taste, and overall effect you'd like to achieve. The thicker wire gauges produce large, masculine looking jewelry. For men's jewelry, we suggest a 18 gauge core or "Mother" wire with a 20 gauge outer wire.
The Econo Winder can handle wire as heavy as 18 gauge on the thinner crank rod, and 16 guage for the thicker crank rod. Whatever metal you use, particularly with the thicker metal, it should be fully annealed or dead soft.
To achieve a more delicate look, try a 24 gauge wire over a 20 gauge core wire. The key to coiling small wire gauges is proportion. The outer wire needs to be thinner, or equal to the Mother wire. We suggest that the Mother wire is no smaller than 22 gauge.
Are the parts replaceable? Are they guaranteed?The JR Deluxe Coiling Gizmo® comes with a one year parts and labor guarantee.
What comes in each kit?The Econo Winder comes with two sizes of crank rods, a "U" bracket to hold the rods and an instruction manual.
The JR Deluxe comes with 2 Allen wrenchs, 1 fishing swivel, 1 ring clamp for guiding wire, 1 "L" bracket for tail-stock piece, a JR Deluxe Gizmo and the DVD “Wire Jewelry A New Way.”.(You will need to supply 2 "C" clamps).
What other kinds of things can you coil with the Gizmos?That's up to your imagination. We've seen beads that combine yarn and wire, or that are made of beads threaded onto the coiled wire. People also mix coiled wire with polymer clay...Our best advice is EXPERIMENT!
Do the Gizmos need maintenance?Both Gizmo models are virtually maintenance free. The Econo Winder® requires no maintenance. Occasionally, the screws on the The JR Deluxe might need tightening; therefore, an Allen wrench is included in the kit. In addition, the threads on the shaft need periodic oiling.
TIPFOR A REAL TIME SAVER get a rock tumbler and put steel shot in it with burnishing soap in water. Several hours of tumbling will shine up the surface. This treatment will also shine up any metal quickly and easily.