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by Judy Ellis, Wire-Sculpture.com

Tool of the Week for September 1, 2014

This week’s Featured Tool is about NEW Jumbo Tapered Round Wubbers PLR-1735

Wire-Sculpture is proud to bring you Wubbers! Using the best materials, Wubbers produces high quality tools that in turn provide quality performance. Whether you’re looking for a flat nose Wubber, round nose or bail making Wubber, Wubbers has what you need. Today we are going to feature one of our newest additions to our line of Wubbers tools. The Jumbo Tapered Round Wubbers.

If you haven’t heard of or used Wubbers before, now is a great time to get started. Take a look at our NEW Tapered Round Wubbers and see a beautiful set of earrings that were created by Sharilyn Miller with them.

NEW Jumbo Tapered Round Wubbers Pliers:

Designed for Wubbers by renowned artist and author Sharilyn Miller, the Jumbo Tapered Round Pliers offer superb versatility for creating loops and curves. Let your imagination soar with the endless design possibilities of the new addition to our Wubbers line!

Length 7.25 inches. Tapers from 20mm to 2mm.

Take a look at this beautiful pair of wire-wrapped earrings created by Sharilyn Miller with the amazing NEW Jumbo Tapered Round Wubbers Pliers

Pick up your Wubbers today and complete your jewelry toolbox!

Happy Wrapping!

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by Judy Ellis, Wire-Sculpture.com

Wire Jewelry Tip for August 29, 2014

NEW 22 x 30 mm Oval and Rectangle Cabochons

Finding the right cabochon is critical to the success of your wire jewelry masterpiece. Wire-Sculpture brings you a giant selection of wholesale cabochons in all shapes, sizes, and gems, as well as Druzy cabochons and designer, one-of-a-kind cabs. Start shopping by selecting one of the categories below

We’ve just received a brand NEW inventory or our most popular size – 22 x 30mm in Rectangle and Oval shape!

Here are just a few of what we offer:

Find the perfect Oval or Rectangle Cabochon today!

Happy Wrapping!

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by Judy Ellis, Wire-Sculpture.com

Wire Jewelry Tip for August 27, 2014

Jewelry Making Sales & How-to Books

Whether you’re a novice wire artist, or you’re an experienced wire worker looking for new ideas and more business tips, we have jewelry making books, DVDS, and patterns on a wide variety of topics to enrich your jewelry knowledge and give your sales and skills a boost!

Our sales and marketing section has several books from our electronic library on sales techniques, tips on selling at shows, selling your wire jewelry online, and how to promote your wire jewelry website or online store. These books are invaluable resources that will improve your jewelry sales.

We at Wire-Sculpture are committed to your progress and growth as a wire jewelry artist, and we’re constantly looking for jewelry books that will improve your skills and abilities.

I’ve put a few our best sellers below for you to choose from!

E-Books:

5 Tips to Sell Your Jewelry on Etsy PDF Jewelry Homeshow Kit- Everything You Need to Have a Successful Show
Jewelry Press Kit Guide PDF

Hard Copy (some with accompanying DVDS):

Wirework: An Illustrated Guide to the Art of Wire Wrapping With Instructional DVD
Contemporary Jewelry Making Techniques
Silver and Stones Bead Jewelry

We have many more topics available – take a look at our full selection HERE!

Happy Wrapping!

If you aren’t getting our FREE Jewelry patterns yet, it might be a great time to get signed up! We send out a beautiful NEW pattern every 14 days. CLICK HERE to sign up today!

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by Judy Ellis, Wire-Sculpture.com

Tool of the Week for August 25, 2014

This week’s Featured Tool is about Texturing Hammer with 12 Faces HAM-480.00

Need a hammer or mallet for your jewelry making project? Well, we have a huge variety to choose from! We have hammers of different weights, lengths, and textures. We carry brass hammers and rawhide mallets. We have ballpein hammers which are perfect for wire wrap jewelry projects and tempering metals. Whatever your hammering needs, we have you covered!

Today we are going to take a look at one hammer with many different faces – The Texturing Hammer with 12 Faces, as well as a few others that you might find useful for your projects.

Hammers, Hammers and more Hammers:

Texturing Hammer with 12 Faces

Designs are endless with our Multi-Face Texturing Hammer. Use any of the 12 interchangeable faces to create a custom look that is all your own.

All steel constructed handle and formed black grip for comfort and ease of use. Set includes: six smooth faces (flat and domed nylon, flat and domed stainless steel, flat and domed brass) and six stainless steel textured heads. Overall length 10″.

Approximate weight 1 lb.

Texturing Hammer, Crosshatch (Diamond)/Stars

Texturing hammers for non-ferrous metals. Our double-sided hammers enable the user to make attractive patterns to give jewelry and other metal items a special look.

You get two different patterns with this hammer, crosshatch (diamonds) and stars. Just place sheet metal on a flat metal block or anvil and strike sharply. In no time you will have interesting patterns. Hammers have a Rockwell hardness of 48 and the more the hammer is used, the more interesting the patterns become.

Let your imagination take over – our hammers will provide you with a simple and easy method to give your finished piece that extra flair. 10″ long and 1-3/8″ in diameter.

2 Ounce Rubber Head Hammer

This light weight rubber hammer has a total length of 10 inches. Solid rubber head is mounted on a hard wood handle which gives the user a sure grip.

The 7/8 inch diameter rubber head will not mar precious metal and is great for shaping wire.

Brass Hammer – 1 Pound

This hammer is quality constructed with solid brass, mounted on a secure metal handle with a comfortable grip.

It is ideal for hammering ferrous or non-ferrous metals and is excellent for stamping and dapping. Weighs 1 lb.

 

Pick up your hammers today and complete your jewelry toolbox!

Happy Wrapping!

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What is a Bail?

by Judy Ellis, Wire-Sculpture.com

Wire Jewelry Tip for August 22, 2014

What is a Bail?

Today I thougth we would answer a couple of great questions, that go hand in hand: What is a bail and How do I use bail making pliers?

First let’s answer the question: What is a Bail?

A bail (also spelled “bale“) is a component of certain types of jewelry, mostly necklaces, that is used to attach a pendant or stone. The bail is normally placed in the center of the necklace where the pendant hangs. Some bails are made so a pendant can be attached after the necklace production is completed.

A classic bail allows the chain to pass through and is connected by a ring to the pendant. Bails are a frequently pre-made component used on an otherwise handmade piece of jewelry.

A cross attached to a necklace by means of a curved bail. Sixth or seventh century. From the collection of the Museum of Byzantine Art, Berlin.

Secondly: What are Bail Making Pliers and how do I use them?

Bail Making Pliers are simply pliers whose jaws are cylindrical in shape and usually two different and ungraduated sizes.

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Shown Above: 6 1/2 Inch Bail Making Pliers:

These double barrel bail pliers are a specialty hand made tool with stainless steel jaws. Perfect for making bails on pendants large enough to fit large chains and collars. The cylinder sizes are approximately 6mm and 8.5mm across.

How to use Bail Making Pliers:

Although bail making pliers can be used in many situations that require the bending of wire in a curved shape, they are titled ‘Bail’ making because a lot of folks use them to form the main bend, consistently on one or several wires at one time, when forming a bail at the top of a pendant!

Get started with Bails today!

Albina Manning gives us a short tutorial about how to make a Wire-Wrapped Two loop Connector using Bail Making Pliers. It’s easy to make and easily changed to accommodate all of your basic bail making needs for any other patterns. CLICK HERE to take a look at Albina’s pattern and get started crating and using bails for all of your projects.

Bails are a classy way to connect your wire wrapped pendants or cabochons to a handmade, or store bought necklace chain. We carry bails in many different sizes including: 11mm, 10mm, 8mm, and 6mm. They come in packs of 1, 2 and even 10. If a bail is what you’re looking for to complete your wire jewelry project, look no further.

Happy Wrapping!

 

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