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Daily Wire Jewelry Inspiration January 23, 2015

Dixie’s Inspired Egyptian Coil Necklace

Created by Dixie Ann Scott

I love when readers share their creations with us! A short while ago, Dixie Ann Scott sent us a photo of an Egyptian Coil Necklace that she created, which was similar to one we featured in one of our earlier  blog posts about the history of the Jig and Egyptian Jewelry.

Here’s what Dixie told me about creating her inspired Egyptian Coil Necklace:

“Mine is just a single row but I also did my first torch fire on it to give it a beautiful patina.

This was my first attempt at an all wire necklace. Other than using a round nose pliers, flat nose pliers and a small torch, my hands, grit and determination were all the tools I used.

I had never torch fired any wire before either so after practicing a little on some individual spirals and watching a video, I dove right in and was so pleased when it turned out with such a beautiful patina. I eventually made a bracelet to match and was commissioned to make other sets.

I did switch to a 14 gauge dead soft copper wire later not only to make the necklace a little lighter in weight but also to save on my hands. Hope you like it!”

Dixie’s Egyptian Coil Necklace:

Here are the tools and materials that Dixie used on her necklace.

Wire:

  • 12 gauge dead soft copper wire

Tools:

Special Thanks to Dixie for sending in her photo and her information to us here at Wire-Sculpture!  We love seeing and hearing about projects that you make!

CLICK HERE to read the article which inspired Dixie to create this beautiful Egyptian Coil Necklace! If you are inspired to make an Egyptian Coil Necklace for yourself, take a look at our Instructional DVDS and additional FREE patterns to help get you started!

Happy Wrapping!

 

by Judy Ellis, Wire-Sculpture.com

Daily Wire Jewelry Tip January 21, 2015

What Type of Wire Should I Use?

When first starting out in the wire-wrapping business, it may be a bit confusing about what types of wires to use for various projects.  So for today’s tip,  I thought I’d share some recommendations in choosing the temper of your wire.

How to pick the hardness of your desired wire:

Hardness is the measurement of the malleability or temper of a substance. When purchasing raw materials for wire-work, you will find that wire comes in several different levels of hardness, only a few of which are commonly used by jewelers. The most typical jewelry wire can be categorized into three groups: Hard, half-hard, or dead soft.

Hard Wire is difficult to bend and can be stiff if trying to manipulate with bare hands. Tools are highly recommended when using hard wire for this reason. Hard wire is excellent for holding its shape and for making clasps and other findings that will likely be stressed.

Half-Hard Wire is malleable, but most people will need to use tools or jigs to bend it into shape. Half hard will; however, maintain a fairly intricate shape under moderate stress after it has been work hardened. It is very useful for light weight-bearing parts of wire-wrapped jewelry and is terrific for creating angular bends, wire loops, and for wrapping wire around itself.

Dead Soft Wire is extremely malleable and can be bent easily into a myriad of shapes by using the hands. It does not hold its shape in stress situations, such as clasps, until it is hardened. Dead soft wire is great for making loops, swirls, and spirals.

Keep in mind that the gauge (thickness) of the wire will also have an effect on its hardness. For example, a piece of 12 gauge wire is relatively thick, and even at dead soft hardness will not bend as easily as 18 gauge wire of the same hardness. Large wire is not recommended for the beginner.

Click Below to view the different types of Hard, half-hard and dead soft wire:

Silver Filled Wire
Sterling Silver
Argentium Silver
Gold Filled Wire
Rose Gold Filled Wire
Copper Wire
Nickel Silver
Red Brass Wire
Yellow Brass Wire
Memory Wire

Let’s take a look at Wire Gauge:

28-34 gaug:

  • The wires’ diameter measures from 0.013-.006 inches or 0.32-.16 millimeters. This is EXTREMELY fine wire. Wires with these gauges tend to kink and bend a lot —nylon jaw pliers will need to be used.  Is great for wire wrapping using small beads, wire weaving, and wire crocheting.

26 gauge:

  • The diameter of this wire measures at .016 inches or .41 millimeters. Again, this is very thin wire and nylon jaw pliers and fine-tipped tools should be used.  Is good for wire wrapping beads and seed bead jewelry.

24 gauge

  • The diameter measures 0.020 inches or 0.51 millimeters.  This is still considered fine wire and the nylon jaw pliers are recommended when it gets kinks.  Great when using pearls and small crystals.

22 gauge:

  • The diameter measures 0.025″ inches or 0.64 millimeters. This gauge is ideal to use when 20-gauge is just a bit too thick.  This is a wonderful multipurpose wire and is excellent for wire wrapping beads and semi-precious stones.

20 gauge:

  • 20 gauge wire measures 0.032″ or .81 millimeters in diameter. This is considered a medium wire in jewelry making and, just as the 22 gauge, it is a fantastic multipurpose wire.  Works well for making ear wires, clasps, and headpins as well as wrapping glass and coiled beads.  It is also recommended when making bracelets.

18 gauge:

  • Measures 0.040 inches or 1.02 millimeters in diameter.  Is considered medium thick wire in jewelry making.  Works well for making clasps, wire wrapping beads with large holes, bracelet making, and earrings.

16 gauge:

  • Measures 0.051 inches or 1.29 millimeters in diameter.  This is a thick wire. It is recommended that heavy duty tools are used when manipulating this wire.  It is not recommended for the beginner.  Can be used for neck wires, rings, and bracelet bases.

Click  Below to Find the Jewelry Wire You’re Looking For!

10 Gauge
12 Gauge
14 Gauge
16 Gauge
18 Gauge
20 Gauge
21 Gauge
22 Gauge
24 Gauge
26 Gauge
28 Gauge
30 Gauge
32 Gauge
34 Gauge

I hope you’ve enjoyed this tip on wire temper and wire gauge!

Happy Wrapping!

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by Judy Ellis, Wire-Sculpture.com

Wire Jewelry Inspiration for January 19, 2015

Mark Your Calendar for January 29 – February 9, 2015

Check out these classes in Tucson - save when you register now!

Aren’t you excited for the 2015 Tucson Jewelry Classes this winter, hosted by JewelryTools.com? We are!

Come learn the art of making jewelry with us, January 29th – February 9th, 2015 at the JOGS Gem & Jewelry Show. We’ll have the BEST jewelry classes in Tucson in 2015, with a wide range of jewelry instructors teaching jewelry-making classes from 10am to 6pm every day of the show

We are getting closer to our classes, so today I wanted to give you a sneak peek at some of the AMAZING projects our instructors will be teaching!

Click below to explore the class projects:

Annette Kinslow


CLICK HERE to view our class schedule either by date or by Instructor. You may register for as many classes as you would like all on the same order.

Save $20, $75 or $175 NOW with the following Promo Codes!

Find out more about our Jewelry Classes in Tucson and sign up today!

See you in Tucson!

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Daily Wire Jewelry Resource January 16, 2015

Mark Your Calendar for January 29 – February 9,
2015

Check out these classes in Tucson - save when you register now!

Aren’t you excited for the 2015 Tucson Jewelry Classes this winter, hosted by JewelryTools.com? We are!

Come learn the art of making jewelry with us, January 29th – February 9th, 2015 at the JOGS Gem & Jewelry Show. We’ll have the BEST jewelry classes in Tucson in 2015, with a wide range of jewelry instructors teaching jewelry-making classes from 10am to 6pm every day of the show. Plan your 2015 Tucson trip around taking a class – or a few! – at the Jewelrytools.com Jewelry Classes at JOGS this February.

Today we feature our three final instructors for JOGS.

Featured Instructor: Olga Dillow

Olga Dillow

I am a member of the bead family over 7 years. I entered several International contests that were held in Moscow, Samara (Russia), Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin states.

In 2009 and 2010 I entered annual bead contests sponsored by Fire Mountain Gems and was awarded with Grand Prize Gold Medal in 2009 and Silver Medal Prize in 2010. Fire Mountain Gems published several of my pieces on their ads in such well known magazines as Bead & Button, Ornament, FMG’s years and monthly catalogs. I have a few publication in “Fashion” magazine. In 2012 my necklace was Finalist at Bead Dreams Show.

Click Below to explore Olga’s Classes this January and February in Tucson:

2/08/2015 2:30pm – 6:00pm Olga Dillow The Gold Feather

 

Featured Instructor: Rhonda Chase

Rhonda Chase

Always an artist, I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t drawing, painting or building something. I find both joy and comfort in creating things. When I was 15 I had my first showing of drawings in a New York gallery. I received my BFA from the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan and then worked in a NYC ad agency. Over the next 10 years I found myself doing just about everything art related you could imagine; trade show design, murals, book illustration, medical illustration, teaching art, fine art shows and private commissions, graphic design. I ultimately settled into corporate graphic design, starting my own firm and working for clients like Intel and Wells Fargo.

After another decade I longed to get away from my computer and get my hands on my art again. I discovered jewelry making about 5 years ago and have been designing and creating wire jewelry ever since. I’m proud to have won many awards for my jewelry designs and currently show in a number of galleries in the San Francisco Bay Area. I live in northern California with my husband, two kids, two cats and a huge dog.

Click Below to explore Rhonda’s Classes this January and February in Tucson:

2/06/2015 2:30pm – 6:00pm Rhonda Chase Tree of Life Pendant

Featured Instructor: Sara LaGrand

Sara LaGrand

Sara Sally LaGrand, award winning artist and author, has had the great fortune to study glass with many gifted teachers both in America and Italy. She holds a BA in Glass Formation from Park University, Parkville, MO. Honors include awards from Art Westport, Kansas City, State of the Arts, Prairie Village, KS, Bead Museum of Washington, DC, Bead and Button magazine, Images Art Gallary, and the Kansas City Artists Coalition.

She has taught flameworking all over the world including Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Tennessee, Unikal Glas in Switzerland, VeryClaire in Nice, France, Tuffnell Studio in Rudston, England and many private studios all over the US. She has been a presenter at the glass symposium at Sars-Poteries, France. Her work has been published in many books and magazines including The Flow, Bead and Button, Glas Perlen, Germany, Her work can be found in public and private collections around the world

Click Below to explore Sara’s Classes this January and February in Tucson:

We are lucky to have Olga, Rhonda and Sara joining us as JewelryTools.com instructors this year at the JOGS show from January 29th – Feb. 9th in Tucson, Arizona!

Find out more about our Jewelry Classes in Tucson and sign up today!

Happy Wrapping!

 

Tucson Gem Show

by Judy Ellis, Wire-Sculpture.com

Wire Jewelry Resource January 14, 2015

Tucson Gem Show

If you’ve never been to Tucson during the Gem show, you are in for a real treat! From beautiful high end finished jewelry to giant crystal sculptures, you’ll always be surprised at the wonderful finds. Today I wanted to give you just a little bit of a sneak peak into some of the things you might see!

Tenzin and Pasang Beads at JOGS show
JOGS show booth
JOGS show booth with finished jewelry
Treasures at the JOGS show
Turquoise beads at JOGS show
Elephant sculptures at the JOGS show
So much more to see than just jewelry!

JewelryTools.com demo area at the JOGS show

Eva Sherman drawing a crowd at the JewelryTools.com booth.
Vendor booth at the JOGS show 2013
Turtle sculpture at JOGS show
Seraphinite cabochons at the JOGS show
Seraphinite Cabochons.
Pearls at JOGS show 2013

beaders dream at the to bead true blue show

This year, our sister company JewelryTools.com has an amazing group of teachers lined up for our classes at JOGS. If you haven’t had a chance to go take a class – don’t wait! Get your registration in today and come and visit us at JOGS!

Mark Your Calendar for January 29 – February 9,
2015

Check out these classes in Tucson - save when you register now!

Let me introduce you to three of our Instructors:

Featured Instructor: Marilyn Gardiner

Debora Mauser

I love jewelry, color, pattern, and design. It is thrilling to create something new that others love too. And I truly enjoy breaking down something complex into an easy-to-learn sequence that I can share with others, both in print and in the classroom. During the past 13 years I have developed my beading and chain mail skills with energy and enthusiasm and created beadwork and chain mail kits with step-by-step instructions that really work.

I know that the kits have quality instructions because of positive feedback from my students and from customers who buy my kits in classes, at shows and from my online store. I regularly teach classes in bead stores in Toronto, Ontario, and at bead shows and retreats across Canada, in Texas, Tucson AZ and at Bead&Button in Milwaukee WI. In 2007 I was “Folk Artist in Residence – Beadwork” at the Joseph Schneider Haus in Kitchener. I set up a series of lectures, seminars, and demonstrations throughout the year. There was also a gallery exhibit of beadwork that featured my work and included the contemporary and historical work of several other artists. The residency resulted in several articles in the local media.

I later completed a beadwork commission for the museum, and some of my work is sold in the museum gift shop. I have published projects available online at Beading Times, Bead Bugle, All Free Jewelry, and The Beading Gem’s Journal. Some of my kits are sold online through The Jewelry Professor and Beadfx. The Fall 2012 issue of A Needle Pulling Thread published a multi-page Artist Profile of my work. Most of my time at present is directed to the creation of new chain mail projects.

I am currently working on several new designs that will be ready as kits and for teaching at the fall and winter shows. I have well over a hundred active chain mail kits available.

Click Below to explore a few of Marilyn’s Classes this January and February in Tucson:

1/31/2015 2:30pm – 6:00pm Marilyn Gardiner Celtic Stars Bracelet

Featured Instructor: Melody MacDuffee

Jackie Truty

Mel began her jewelry-making career as a crocheter. Now a confirmed wire-worker, she catches her crochet aesthetic leaking over into her newer medium with a fair amount of frequency (with her permission). The author of three books (including Lacy Wire Jewelry, Kalmbach, 2010), with a fourth book due out in May of 2015, Mel has taught all over the U.S. and as far away as Morocco and West Africa. She strongly believes that learning in general, and jewelry classes in particular, should be fun. Hence, her teaching style is laid back, and stress has been advised that it will be denied entrance to her classrooms.

Mel is also the co-founder and director of Soul of Somanya, a small non-profit that provides paid training and steady work at a living wage to at-risk young adult artisans in the Krobo region of Ghana in West Africa (www.soulofsomanya.net).

Click below to explore Melody’s Classes this January and February in Tucson:

2/07/2015 2:30pm – 6:00pm Melody MacDuffee Bezeling Nature

Featured Instructor: Meredith Arnold

Janet Alexander

Meredith Arnold, Comedian Artist/Designer/instructor/ (aka Slash Artist), is a professional artist specializing in mixed media and jewelry arts. Her metal, metal clay, and polymer clay work has been published in books and magazines, presented on television and included in exhibitions around the world.

Combining different materials is an intriguing challenge and presents a wider range of possibilities for the expression that Meredith is seeking to produce. She finds that bringing metal, paint, metal clay, polymer clay, fiber, paper and textiles together provides an adventure into the uncomfortable unknown and expands awareness in every direction.

Currently Meredith teaches at a variety of colleges and art centers in the Seattle area, around the U.S. and Europe and has various appearances on the PBS show ‘Beads, Baubles and Jewels’ and the Edmonds Community College cable channels. As the Director of ArtWorks in Edmonds, a community art center, she has the privilege of mentoring other artists as her “day job”.

Click below to explore Meredith’s Classes this January and February in Tucson:

We are lucky to have Marilyn, Melody and Meredith as JewelryTools.com instructors this year at the JOGS show from January 29th – Feb. 9th in Tucson, Arizona!

CLICK HERE to view our class schedule either by date or by Instructor. You may register for as many classes as you would like all on the same order.

Save NOW with the following promo codes!

Register Today!

See you in Tucson!

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