If you are left handed and want to make jewelry following our free instructions. Please read the following paragraphs. We try to describe our instructions using terms like "use your dominant hand" or "non-dominant hand" to perform the action described. Our jewelry making instructions are good at avoiding descriptions that focus on using your right hand. Unfortunately, we just discovered that we have a hidden right hand bias in many of our instructions. In the following paragraphs we will describe two ways that the right hand bias impacts our jewelry making instructions and how to overcome that bias.
When we take a picture of an action performed with your pliers, we tend to show a picture where the pliers and all other jewelry tools are held in our left hand and therefore the pliers enter the picture from the left side of the picture. When we push jewelry wire while holding it in our pliers, a right handed person will normally hold the pliers in their left hand and push the jewelry wire with the thumb of their right hand. The picture at right is one of the few pictures on our web site where the pliers are shown being held in the right hand. Please note that the picture shown demonstrates how a left handed person would hold the pliers and subsequently push the jewelry wire with their left thumb.
We have another right handed bias in the way that we lay out the pegs in a pattern on our WigJig jewelry making tools. We did not recognize this until very recently. Shown at right is the way we recommend laying out the pegs in a pattern for a right handed person. If you are left handed, we would recommend transposing pegs 2 and 3 on your WigJig jewelry tool. In effect, peg 2 would be on the left and peg 3 would be on the right, while peg 1 would remain in the same position. See the picture at left, for the left-handed peg pattern for our Queen of Clubs Earrings. The reason for this is that a right handed person should push and guide the jewelry wire with the tip of the index finger of their right hand, while moving the jewelry making jig with their left hand. By contrast, a left handed person should push and guide the jewelry wire with the tip of the index finger of their left hand, while moving the WigJig jewelry tool with their right hand. Because we flip the jewelry wire component over (mirror image) after every loop we make, a right handed person would make all their loops on the right side of the pattern. By contrast, a left handed person should make all the loops on the left hand side of the pattern, still flipping the jewelry wire component over after each loop of wire.
When making a series of loops in a line or row, around pegs on your jewelry making jig, a right handed person should have the initial loop on the left and add additional loops to the right side of the jewelry wire component. By contrast a left handed person should have the initial loop on the right and add additional loops to the left side of the jewelry wire component. There is a simple rule that applies to almost all cases where you have loops of jewelry wire in a row on our WigJig jewelry making tool. If you are right handed, add loops on the right side. If you are left handed, add loops on the left side.
Summary of jewelry making instructions for a left handed designer:
Let us try to summarize. When using pliers, hold the pliers in your non-dominant hand allowing you to push the wire with either the thumb or index finger on your dominant hand. When making jewelry wire components on a jewelry making jig, hold and move the WigJig jewelry tool with your non-dominant hand. Push and guide the jewelry wire with the tip of the index finger on your dominant hand. If you are left handed, please remember that our instructions have a hidden right hand bias. Please adapt all our patterns so that you are making new loops on the left hand side of the jewelry wire component.