STEP 1. These are the tools I used to make my tiny hinges. The two wires I chose were a 24 gauge blue wire from Artistic Wire for the hinges and a standard gold tone 20 gauge wire for the pivot. The needle tool is what I wrapped the wire around. You can use anything so long as it meets your disired hinge size. My needle tool is a little narrower than a toothpick.
STEP 2. I kept a tail about one inch or so long and then wrapped the wire about 4 times around the needle tool. I snipped the other end to approximately the same length. Exact is not necessary here, so long as it isn't a lot shorter. You'll need the length for handling.
STEP 3. Remove the wire wrap from the needle tool. Insert the roundnose pliers into the tube section with "top" nose is inside the wrap and the "bottom" nose is below it.
STEP 4. Grip the tail labeled Wire A. and pull it across the top of the roundnose pliers until it's straight out to the side.
STEP 5. Now pull the needlenose pliers out of the tube and insert the "bottom" nose into it.
STEP 6. Now pull the tail labeled Wire A. back in the direction it came from. It will stop against the "top" nose of the pliers. Adjust it so it is a reasonable 90 degrees from the tube of the hinge. Repeat Step 3. thru Step 6. with Wire B.
STEP 7. About 1/4 inch or 1/8 inch (your choice) up from the tube section, grip the right tail wire with the roundnose pliers so the "right" nose is outside the wires, the "left" nose is in between the wires, and the tube is on top. The size of the loop for the hinge is - again - your preference. I kept my loops fairly small, so I gripped the wire closer to the end of the roundnose pliers. Now bend the tail with your hand back over the roundnose pliers. Doesn't matter if it's in front or back of itself, so long as the other side is bent on the same side: forward or back. Reposition the roundnose pliers as needed in order to accomplish a full loop so the tail is parallel once again to the other tail. Repeat these steps with the remaining tail.
STEP 8. Once you have both loops finished, snip the excess tail off. If the tips stick out a little, place the roundnose back in the loop and use the flatnose pliers to press the protruding tip against the roundnose pliers. This will curve it to match the loop and protect fingers from sharp points. Also, if the wire in the loops isn't close as shown above, simply squish them together gently with the flatnose pliers.
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1) Coathanger Christmas Tree
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Last revised: February 20 2013