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by Judy Ellis, Wire-Sculpture.com

Wire Jewelry Inspiration for Sept 17, 2014

Creating Bracelets with Pattern Wire

This week I wanted to share a submission by one of our friends and instructors Rhonda Chase. Rhonda has given us several jewelry tips and patterns in the past including the Birds Nest Pendant and Earrings.  She was also one of our  Wire Jewelry Artist of the Month in 2011.

Rhonda shared with us two recently completed projects using Pattern Wire and I thought you would enjoy seeing them.

Both the Cherry Drops Bracelet and the Amber Waves Wire Wrapped Bracelet were accented with metal dyes and then sealed with a clear sealant.

Here’s how she created these beautiful pieces!

Cherry Drops Bracelet:

  • Rhonda cut and filed sections of patterned copper wire and they were brushed with a Birchwood Casey M24 patina and buffed with a rubber Dremel bit.
  • Holes were punched with a helicopter punch.
  • The sections were accented with color using solvent dyes by Sculpt Nouveau.
  • Copper jump rings and wire wrapped cherry quartz drops finish the piece adding lots of movement.

 

 

Amber Waves Wire Wrapped Bracelet:

To reach Rhonda directly – CLICK HERE.

Thanks Rhonda for sharing your beautiful creations with us!

For more ideas, be sure to peruse our FREE Jewelry patterns.

Happy Wrapping!

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Holders and Vises

by Judy Ellis, Wire-Sculpture.com

Tool of the Week for September 15, 2014

This week we feature several of our helping hand tools – Holders and Vises!

At the edge of every jewelry makers’ table is a trusty vise. Convenient table vises, handy jump ring opener/holders, or quick clamps. Whatever “third hand” you need to get your wire wrapped jewelry done, we’ve got the helping hand that’s just right for you!

Holders and Vises:

1 Inch Baby Bench Vise with Fixed Base – Clamp Type

Small, mini hobby vise with a table clamp attached. Clamps on the side of your desk or bench

 

360 Degree Ring Mandrel Vise

The perfect tool to free up your hands so you don’t have to hold your ring mandrel, this 360° mandrel vise is perfect for your work desk or bench.

Mandrel not included; click here to discover our most popular & reliable ring mandrel.

 

Hands Free Work Holder

Versatile holder allows hands free use while engraving, doing repairs, etc. The four movable pins allow for secure grip on large and small pieces. Sturdy base and easy adjustment knobs make this a handy workbench aid.

 

Helping Hand Magnifier with 6 1/2 inch Flexible Light

Helping Hand Magnifier with 6 1/2 inch Flexible Light. Heavy Duty Glass Lens. All arms rotate 360 degrees. Excellent tool for Watch Makers, Jewelers, and all Hobbiests!

 

Swivel-Headed Pin Vise

3-1/2″ swivel-head pin vise for drilling, tapping or use as a screwdriver. Two double-ended chucks. Capacity of 0 to 3.3mm (0″ – .125″).

 

Pick up your Holders and Vises today and complete your jewelry toolbox!

Happy Wrapping!

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by Judy Ellis, Wire-Sculpture.com

Wire Jewelry Making Tip for September 5, 2014

How to Set Stones into Earring Snapsets

As I peruse our blog, sometimes I come across older posts that are definitely worth re-posting. Today is one of those posts. This is a very simple answer to a great question!

Question:

How do you use the earring snapsets? I purchased the 6mm earring snapset with the 6mm stones to go in them, and I realized I don’t know how to use them with the earring post in the center – can someone give me directions?

-Barb in Puyallup, Washington

Answer:

The easiest way to set stones into earring snapsets is to:

  1. Place the stone, table side down, on a roll of tape* (sticky side out).
  2. Holding the setting between your fingers, center the setting over the stone.
  3. Push the setting onto the stone. You should hear a definite snap.

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If the stone goes to one side and the prongs end up bent, use needle nose or chain pliers to adjust and reposition the prongs, and then try again.

* – Take a piece of tape and stick the ends together, making sure the sticky side is out.

Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong

Get started Today with your very own snapset earrings!

Happy Wrapping!

More info on setting stones

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How to create a Rosary Link

by Judy Ellis, Wire-Sculpture.com

Wire Jewelry Tip for Sept 15, 2014

How to create a Rosary Link

by Sherrie Lingerfelt

This week we take a look at one of our older video tutorials created by Sherrie Lingerfelt.   In this short tut she shows us how to make a Rosary Link.  If you are new to wire-wrapping this is a great video tutorial on  how to make a simple link. Enjoy!

How to create a Rosary Link:


 

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For more ideas, be sure to peruse our FREE Jewelry patterns for more information.

Happy Wrapping!

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by Judy Ellis, Wire-Sculpture.com

Tool of the Week for September 8, 2014

This week’s Featured Tool is about the LINDSTROM EX KIT- 4PC – PLR-7000EX

Tired of jewelry pliers giving out on you? It’s time to invest in Lindstroms. The premium name in the wire and jewelry industry, Lindstrom tools won’t let you down. Bend, wrap, and tuck wire with ease with your new Lindstrom pliers, and snip those ends with your new favorite Lindstrom cutters.

You’ll be amazed how gentle these tools are on your hands, and you’ll be proud of your investment. Makes a great Christmas or anniversary gift (hint, hint).

Lindstrom Tools:

LINDSTROM EX KIT- 4PC

Made of high chromium steel alloy with light action springs, the 4pc Lindstrom EX Series Kit is precision crafted in Switzerland.

High ergonomic grips distribute proper pressure to hand surface for maximum comfort. Precision screw joints assure long life.

This handy 4 pieces set is packaged in a secure zip pouch and includes one each:

  • EX7490 (Flat)
  • EX7590 (Round)
  • EX7893 (Chain)
  • EX8141 (Sidecutter)

Length of each plier is 5.25 inches.

Pick up your Lindstrom Tools  and complete your jewelry toolbox today!

Happy Wrapping!

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