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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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by Judy Ellis, Wire-Sculpture.com

Wire Jewelry Making Tip for September 19, 2014

Easy Fall Craft Wire Projects

Every week I look for amazing tools to tell you about, old posts that need to be re-shared and great new ideas to show you. This week, I’ve found some new ideas for a few easy Fall craft wire projects.

These can be done by anyone from the beginner to the advanced wire worker. I’ve given you three basic designs below to get your imaginations started!

Things you’ll need to make these pendants:

  1. Craft wire – any color you’d like.
  2. Jewelry Pliers
  3. Beads of your choice
  4. A small round stick to make the loops
  5. Jump rings.

Pumpkin Pendant:

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This would look great in any of the following craft wire colors:

Amber Enameled Craft Wire
Bronze Enameled Craft Wire
Brown Enameled Craft Wire
Natural Enameled Craft Wire

With accents in:

Steps:

  1. After making the base of the pendant use small pieces of wire to lock the four parts marked with red circles in the picture.
  2. Add one or more bead to make the pendant look more seasonal.
  3. You won’t need to use jump ring for this pendant if you made a big loop while starting.

Fall Tree Pendant:

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Steps:

  1. You’ll need to make 4 loops and try to form triangular shape at first.
  2. Then, wire around inside the main wire frame.
  3. Attach 3 wired beads with the 3 loops of the pendant.

Autumn Sun Pendant:

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Steps:

  1. Make a twirly shape.
  2. Then bend the wire to form a shape as shown in the picture.
  3. Thread small colorful beads into the wire through the twirl and fix the beads position.
  4. After you’re done fixing the positions of the beads, use a drop of glue for each beads so that they stay still.
  5. Attach a jump ring to complete the pendant.

For beautiful beads to add to these pendants, CLICK HERE

I hope you enjoy these simple but fun craft wire projects.

Happy Wrapping!

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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!

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