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by Judy Ellis, Wire-Sculpture.com

Wire Jewelry Inspiration for Sept 30, 2014

Necklace Length Styles

I’ve found another great post that I think is well worth sharing again – what’s old is new again!

Today I wanted to share 6 typical necklace lengths that are popular, from the collar to lariat length. These designs can be versatile: a 14-16″ necklace can also double as a bracelet, and an opera-or lariat-length necklace can be wrapped twice (or 3 times!) around the neck for a stranded effect.

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Download this Jewelry Measurements PDF Download Necklace Length Inspiration

 

Unfinished Chain:

If you’d like to experiment with chain and creating some of these beautiful styles; take a look at some of the unfinished chains that we currently carry.

Finished Chain:

Just a sample of the many we have available.

Happy Wrapping!

Further Reading:

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Jewelry Tool Kits

by Judy Ellis, Wire-Sculpture.com

Tool of the Week for September 29, 2014

This week we feature our Jewelry Tool Kits

Nothing is more frustrating than reaching for a jewelry tool to make that one crucial adjustment and not being able to find the jewelry tool you need.

When you’re focused on creating handmade jewelry masterpiece, the last thing you want to do is jump in your car and head to the craft store to buy the jewelry tool you need. These are an economical way to pick up all your necessary tools at one time.

Tool Kits:

Starving Artist Tool Kit

This complete tool kit has everything you need to get started in wire sculpture! Small flush cutters, flat nose pliers, chain nose pliers, and round nose pliers. The perfect toolkit for any starving wire artist

Wire Jewelry Tool Kit

Complete wire sculpting tool kit which includes a metal marking pen, a 6 inch steel ruler, a sliding pin vise, flush cutters, round nose pliers, chain nose pliers, flat nose pliers, with a convenient blue canvas pouch.

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Premium Wire Jewelry Tool Kit

Flush Cutters, Premium Flat Nose Pliers, Premium Round Nose Pliers, Premium Chain Nose Pliers, 6 Inch Steel Ruler, pin vise wire rounder combo, Multi-Step Looping Pliers, and a Wire Marking Pen.

Professional Wire Artist Tool Kit

This professional wire artist tool kit is the recommended tool kit of Wire-Sculpture.com and Dale “Cougar” Armstrong. Not only will you have the tools you need to create all different types of wire jewelry, you’ll also have high quality tools that will last a lifetime. Here’s what you’ll get when you purchase this tool kit:

  • Swanstrom Chain Nose Plier
  • Swanstrom Flat Nose Plier
  • Swanstrom Round Nose Plier
  • Xuron Flush Cutter
  • Soft Arkansas Stone with Leather Pouch
  • 6 Step Barrel Plier
  • Sliding Pin Vise
  • 12 Inch Stainless Steel Ruler
  • Sunshine Polishing Cloth

Ultimate wire-pliers Set

Tools Included in the set:

  • 3-Step square wire Pliers
  • Flat Nose wire-pliers
  • Chain Nose wire-pliers
  • Found Nose wire-pliers
  • Zuron Flush cutters
  • Black Zipper Case included

Every Tool has:

  • Durable Box Joint
  • Precision Shape Designed for Wire Jewelry Making
  • High-Strength Steel Jaw
  • Custom Purple Grip
  • Comfort Grip for Extended Use
  • Designed for Repeat Motion over Extended Time
  • Latex Free Handle
  • Lifetime Replacement Guarantee

Pick up your Jewelry Tool Kit today and complete your jewelry toolbox!

Happy Wrapping!

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by Judy Ellis, Wire-Sculpture.com

Wire Jewelry Making tip for September 26, 2014

Tips for Wire Wrapping a Cameo

We have so many great tips on our blog that sometimes it hard to choose what to tell you about – but today I ‘d like to answer a question from one of our subscribers.

Question: I would like to make a cameo wrapped in wire. Can you give some instruction on how its done?

Yes, we’d love to help out with that but first, I thought you might like a little history.

A Little Bit about Cameos:

Jewelry Cameos add an unmistakable elegance and mystique to jewelry. Cameos have been a popular jewelry component for thousands of years, with examples discovered from Ancient Greece and Rome.

The  Antique Cameo, in the photo above, depicts the subject AURORA, Greek goddess of the Dawn as she leads the sun God Apollo on his chariot at break of day, in bringing daylight into the world.

The metal surrounding the cameo will not be quickly forgotten either, drawing us into the cameo subject itself through an oval window  of foliate leaves alternating with pinecones.

Duplicated on the front of the Antique cameo is a famous scene from ancient Greek mythology that can be seen on the ceiling fresco  in the “Palazzo Pallavicini-Rospigliosi” in Rome, on the Quirinal Hill. This monumental work,  by Guido Reni, was completed in 1613-1614. It measures 280 cm (110 inch) x 700 cm (275 inch). The palace was built by the Borghese family.

Cameos have been used as signet rings, jewels of emperors, and ornaments of royalty and clergy through the Renaissance. Although interest in cameos waned in the years after the Renaissance, Queen Victoria re popularized the beautiful jewelry piece, through her use of them in her personal jewelry and gifts to friends and important figures.

Queen Victoria

Let’s take a look at how to wrap a Cameo:

 

A very simple pendant frame, to protect the edges and show off the cameo, can be made by using the same methods that you would use to wrap a cabochon. A lot of cameos can be rather thin and care needs to be taken when framing one.

  • Make the frame bundle as usual, but do the shaping around an item of the same shape and size (like a cabochon) as well as the main bends for the bail.
  • Then tape the top/bail sections together and begin the top wrap.
  • Now, make the necessary pulls on the front of the frame that will hold the cameo in, working ‘off the stone’.
  • Insert the cameo and then make the necessary pulls on the backside.
  • Finish the bail and embellish as desired.

Let’s take a look at a few types of Cameos that we have available.

If you’d like to learn more about wrapping a cameo or any other pendants, take a look at some of our Instructional DVDS.

Happy Wrapping!

Antique Cameo Jewelry

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by Judy Ellis, Wire-Sculpture.com

New Product for Sept 24, 2014

Fun, Fast Fold Forming

A NEW DVD Series by Eva Sherman

This week I wanted to share a brand NEW DVD series that we’ve just launched. It’s so exciting! It’s called Fun, Fast Fold Forming.

It comes to us from a leading Fold Forming expert, Eva Sherman, who reveals this little known proven formula to make beautiful cuffs – even if you’ve NEVER touched a piece of copper before.

Here are a few reasons that this new DVD Series so exciting:

  • There are HARDLY any new metal working techniques, ever…
  • Did you know that in the last 100 years there has only been 1 truly new and original technique invented?
  • Are you stuck because you feel like you’ve tried and done everything before?
  • Have you ever wondered why after a while making jewelry and working with wire everything starts to look the same?

You’ve probably seen about a million free blog posts on jewelry making patterns and ideas, and you’re more confused than ever, bored with the same old same old, and you are hungry for something truly new.

This new technique is call “Fold Forming“.

  • Fold Forming takes advantage of the ductility and fluidity of metal when you anneal it, allowing you to then imprint the forms and work harden them into the metal…
  • It was first discovered by Charles Lewton-Brain, in the late 1980′s making it the only new technique in the last century… and it represents the only innovation in metalworking in thousands of years.
  • Fold Forming is a little bit like a combination between origami and traditional metal work, only you add a blow torch to anneal the metal and then create spectacular folds.
  • There are literally hundreds of unique designs you can create using the techniques in this DVD series, you’ll learn everything you need to know to start to fold metal into beautiful designs.
  • As more and more of you, my loyal customers and jewelry artists extraordinaire began to ask about fold forming, I realized we had to find a way to teach you this incredible new jewelry art form.

Here’s Just a LITTLE of what you’ll discover…

DVD 1: Introduction To Fold Forming: Line Folds and Applied Textures

DVD 2: “Chasing On Air” – Use this to make the wildest designs you’ve never seen

DVD 3: “Eva’s Signature Technique” – The Sherman Fold” with 5 different finishes

Eva cover’s every question, detail, and tip in these amazing DVDS, including:

  • You’ll make 3 beautiful cuffs at the same time, using these 3 separate techniques, including “The Design Stamp” and the “Pie Crust”
  • The unique and easy formula for sizing your cuffs perfectly so they’ll stay in place without hurting your wrists
  • How to clean your metal using an easy technique, and why using this technique between each process is REQUIRED if you want your cuffs to look polished and beautiful.
  • Why you MUST batch your work in Eva’s special “assembly line process” and how it helps you to make 3 times as much jewelry with the same work…
  • The most efficient way to get the most from your time and materials
  • Why Dead Soft Copper Is The Best Metal To use, when you are starting out.
  • Most important: You’ll master how to anneal metal to the perfect temperature for ease of folding (like the image below)
  • And much, much more…

This new DVD Series is now available and if you’d like to know more or purchase your copy CLICK HERE.

I’d like to thank Eva for sharing her fantastic technique with us.

Happy Wrapping!

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by Judy Ellis, Wire-Sculpture.com

Tool of the Week for September 22, 2014

This week we feature several of our Jewelry Anvils and Blocks

Jeweler’s anvils might not be the hulking masses that you see blacksmiths or heavy iron workers pound out their creations upon, but they are no less an important tool a serious jeweler.

Our anvils and bench blocks will help you to straighten wire, work harden finished projects, work out dents and much more. Choose from desktop steel anvils and bench blocks.

Anvils:

Mini Economy Double Horned Jewelers Anvil

Mini double horned polished steel jewelers anvil. 4 inches long by 1 1/2 inches high by 1 inch wide. Traditional model great for any home jewelry business.

Single Horn Jewelers Anvil

Small polished steel jewelers anvil. The top measures 6 1/2 inches long by 2 inches wide. Great for any home jewelry business.

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Professional Jewelers Double Horned Anvil

Double horned anvil. Measures approx. 4.5 inches across the top. One round horn and one flat horn for all your jewelry needs. Small but heavy duty for small metal working jobs.

Blocks:

4×4 Inch Rubber Block

4×4 inches in length and 1 inch thick. Hard vulcanized rubber block, great for insulating your work surface from the noise and vibration of a steel bench block Also suitable for work-hardening wire without flattening it, and for removing dents. Excellent with rawhide or nylon head hammers.

Bench Block Helper with Steel and Nylon Blocks

This three piece set includes a thick vulcanized firm rubber base which absorbs shock, plus a solid steel block that is 15/16″ (24mm) thick and 3″ (75mm) in diameter. The third piece is a sturdy nylon block the same size that fits into the rubber base for lighter, more delicate work. This is a well made set, and allows one to hammer without creating excess noise and vibration at the bench. 2.5 lbs.

Steel and Wood Bench Block 3×3 Inch

Steel and Wood Bench Block 3×3 Inch. This is a New Addition to our Bench Block Line! Forge hardened Steel on one side and Natural Hard Wood on the other. Great Block to add to any Jeweler’s Bench.

Steel Block–Deluxe Hardened Steel

Highly polished bench block, made of hardened steel, allows smooth surface for metal working while burnishing the back side at the same time.

Pick up your Jewelry Anvils and Blocks today and complete your jewelry toolbox!

Happy Wrapping!

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