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Tools for Fold Forming

by Judy Ellis, Wire-Sculpture.com

Product Feature for the Week of October 20, 2014

This week we wanted to feature two products that are used in our new DVD Series called Fun, Fast Fold Forming by Eva Sherman.

If you’ve purchased our latest DVD Series by Eva Sherman - Fun, Fast Fold Forming then you would have received an e-book version of the Charles Lewton-Brain’s book, Foldforming.

We’ve had many ask about purchasing a copy of the book to have on their personal bookshelf, and we are happy to now be able to offer it to all of you.

Foldforming Hard Back Book

by Charles Lewton- Brain

Foldforming eBook - Charles Lewton-Brain

More than 20 years ago Canadian goldsmith Charles Lewton-Brain invented a radical way to develop forms in metal sheets. In the ensuing decades he has led hundreds of metalsmiths to explore and expand on his pioneering work. Now for the first time, readers can learn his trade secrets in Foldforming.  Foldforming is a conceptual, physical, and intuitive approach to metalsmithing that is informed by the natural characteristics of metals. Rather than forcing form upon a material, this system exploits the inherent qualities of plasticity, ductility, and elasticity in metals, offering significant new series of procedures that are extremely efficient for generating hundreds of unique, three-dimensional forms.

One of the key tools used in the DVD Series by Eva Sherman is the Oval Steel Bracelet Mandrel. This premium steel Mandrel is the perfect partner in creating these amazing bracelets!

Premium Steel Bracelet Mandrel – Oval

5 X  Eye Loupe - Pack of 1

Smooth steel oval mandrel is designed for bracelets with a taper from 2-1/2″ to 1-3/4″. Length 8-1/2″. Weighs 3 lbs. 4 oz. Also available in round.

If you haven’t had a chance to pick up your copy yet of Fun, Fast Fold Forming by Eva Sherman, here’s a quick description and a link for you to read all about it.

Fun, Fast Fold Forming DVD Series

5 X  Eye Loupe - Pack of 1

Leading Fold Forming Expert Reveals This Little Known Proven Formula To Make Beautiful Cuffs That Cost Less Than $7 To Make – Even If You’ve Never Touched A Piece of Copper Before

Pick up your Fun, Fast Fold Forming tools and DVDS today and start creating!

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Creating with Chain

by Judy Ellis, Wire-Sculpture.com

Wire Jewelry  Inspiration for October 17, 2014

Creating with Chain

Have you ever created jewelry with chain before? There are so many projects you can do with chain. I thought today I’d introduce you to a few of the NEWEST additions to our Jewelry Making Chain family and share a couple of easy projects that you can try!

NEW Lengths – Order by the foot – Made in the USA -
Stunning Quality

Antique Copper Plated Chains

Antique Copper Finish Soldered Brass Cable Chain 2.28X2.69mm Antique Copper Finish Steel Cable Chain 6.52X9.54mm Antique Copper Soldered Brass Cable Chian 10.34X10.34mm
Antique Copper Finish Soldered Brass Cable Chain 2.28X2.69mm Antique Copper Finish Steel Cable Chain 6.52X9.54mm Antique Copper Soldered Brass Cable Chain 10.34X10.34mm

Antique Silver Plated Chains

Antique Silver Finish Steel Cable Chain 10.22X10.5mm Antique Silver Finish Steel Curb Chain 6.34X10.7mm Antique Silver Finish Steel Double Cable Chain 5.28X5.28mm
Antique Silver Finish Steel Cable Chain 10.22X10.5mm Antique Silver Finish Steel Curb Chain 6.34X10.7mm Antique Silver Finish Steel Double Cable Chain 5.28X5.28mm

Gold Plated Chains

Gold Finish Soldered Brass Cable Chain 10.34X10.34mm Gold Finish Soldered Brass Curb Chain 3.66X5.06mm Gold Finish Steel Rope Chain 2.53X3.58mm
Gold Finish Soldered Brass Cable Chain 10.34X10.34mm Gold Finish Soldered Brass Curb Chain 3.66X5.06mm Gold Finish Steel Rope Chain 2.53X3.58mm

Silver Plated Chains

Silver Finish Steel Cable Chain 3.05X4.39mm Silver Finish Steel Bar Chain 1.02X8.6mm Silver Finish Soldered Brass Cable Chain 10.34X10.34mm
Silver Finish Steel Cable Chain 3.05X4.39mm Silver Finish Steel Bar Chain 1.02X8.6mm Silver Finish Soldered Brass Cable Chain 10.34X10.34mm

Creating with Chain

Use your imaginaton with these FREE patterns and you’ll have a great time creating with Chain!

 

Shop our Jewelry Making Chains today!

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All About Soft Wire

by Judy Ellis, Wire-Sculpture.com

Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip
October 15, 2014

All About Soft Wire – Revisited

This week I found another great question in our older posts that I think is well worth revisiting – All About Soft Wire. Maybe you’ve had this same question as well.

Question:

I have been working with wire for more than 25 years, and have used many gauges, usually in half hard. However, sometimes I get more soft wire than I want. I remember my old teacher telling me when I complained about soft wire that it will work for a while, but then it’ll get hard. I have found that while shining the wire with a cloth that if I bend it gently and straighten it a few times, it does indeed get harder. Plus, if I twist half hard, it can get too hard to use, but if I twist dead soft (square of course), it gets just about right. What do you think?

Answer:

Yes, twisting dead soft wire will make it close to half-hard temper. The question then would be, how much twisted wire do you want to be in your design?

As far as twisting half-hard wire and it becoming too hard, that would depend on how much of a twist or ‘bead’ you put on the wire. (Sometimes I will individually twist several pieces of 24g sq half-hard and use them to hand-sculpt with, and I often twist 21g or 22g sq half-hard when making a cabochon frame too.)

In my opinion, the amount of twisting done to what gauge and temper of wire is up to the individual artist and comes first from their experience and then from their choice.

Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong

What Gauge to use:

Are you familiar with what gauges of wire to use in differnt kinds of jewelry? Here’s a quick chart for you to refer to in a pinch:

Wire Working Education

If you are interested in learning more about wire work or wire twisting take a look at the many Instructional DVDS and Wire Jewelry Books that we have available. A few suggestions might be our Jump Start Beginner Series, Intermediate or Advanced Series or even Coiling and Weaving Series.

 

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Magnifying Tools

by Judy Ellis, Wire-Sculpture.com

Product of the Week for October 13, 2014

This week we feature our Magnifying Tools

Get in close with precision jewelry magnifiers and loupes. Wire-Sculpture.com offers many different jewelry and metal-working magnifier styles.

We have loupes if you just need a quick look and Optivisors for hands free magnification when working with wire and smaller components. One of these little helpers is perfect for assisting with your next jewelry masterpiece.

Magnifying Tools

10x Power Professional Eye Loupe

10x Power Professional Eye Loupe - Economy

Eye loupe. 10x power. Made from sturdy black plastic with a high quality glass lens. Economy model.

5 X Eye Loupe

5 X  Eye Loupe - Pack of 1

5 X Eye Loupe. High quality glass optics. Sold Individually. Could come in 1 of 3 colors Black, Silver or Gold.

Adjustable Headband Magnifier with Light

Adjustable Headband Magnifier with Light

This headband magnifier is ideal for precision wire work, craft and beading projects. Headband is completely adjustable. Supplied with 5 lens plates: 1X, 1.5X, 2X, 1.5X, and 2.5X. Magnifier comes with a detachable LED light source and 11 levels of magnification. Operated by two CR6120 cells (included). Comes with complete easy to use instructions. Great for closeup jewelry projects.

Double Lens Loupe 14x

Double Lens Loupe 14x

Handy retractable case with double optical glass lens foldout. 2 powerful 7x glass lens, combined strength: 14x power. Good for small watch parts, gemstones, and other intricate work.

Jumbo Folding Magnifier 2x

Jumbo Folding Magnifier 2x

Jumbo Folding Magnifier 2x, Lens Size:4 1/4 inches

Portable Folding Lamp

Portable Folding Lamp - Pack of 1

Portable Folding Lamp – Pack of 1. 13 Watt Daylight Bulb. Made of High Impact Black Plastic with a Pure White Reflective Surface. Includes Adjustment Screw to Control Arm Tension.

Optivisor with 1.75 Lens. 14 Inch distance. You’ll see your jewelry clearly with these excellent, reliable Optivisors. DA-3

The revolutionary Quasar LED lighting system is the best possible lighting solution available for your magnifying visor. The fixture snaps over the Optivisor lens plate and significantly increases visibility in any environment. Six strategically placed LEDs around the frame allow for unmatched clarity of image while decreasing and virtually eliminating shadows. The lightweight Quasar easily fits onto your magnifying visor and will run continuously for weeks on a single set of 2 AA batteries (included). MAGNIFYING VISOR NOT INCLUDED.

Pick up your Magnifying Tools today and start creating!

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Holiday Wire Project – O Christmas Tree

by Judy Ellis, Wire-Sculpture.com

Wire Jewelry Idea for October 10, 2014

O Christmas Tree!

With the Holiday’s quickly approaching (only 10 more Friday’s until Christmas – but whose counting) I thought it would be appropriate to share with you one of our older posts, that we’ve had a lot of fun with!

Today’s Wire Jewelry Idea is a free pattern! Here’s a holiday-inspired treat brought to us by Suzanne Hollingsworth. Click here to view Suzanne’s simple pattern, O Christmas Tree.

Free O Christmas Tree Pattern


O Christmas Tree Free Pattern by Suzanne Hollingsworth

Suzanne’s O Christmas Tree Pattern is for a dainty Christmas tree that you could easily slip into your Christmas cards this season, or even use as an attachment to a gift tag.  In fact, several of us here in the office decided to give it a try!

3 Wired Christmas Trees

6 Wired Christmas Trees

I will say that a few of us needed a couple tries before we got the bends in the branches just the way we wanted them. You can add a lot of personality depending on how tight you make the bends, and how much you stretch the tree before hammering it into place. Don’t be afraid to use copper wire to practice!

If you’re inspired, don’t stop here: this doesn’t have to be an ornament, it could easily become a pair of earrings (making 2), or a pendant. You can attach ribbon, additional beads, and maybe even some tiny tinsel. Have fun with this pattern!

To present this tree to a special person, you can make 2 small slits in your Christmas card, thread the ribbon through the card, and tie the tree on the card. (If you use beads in your tree and you send it through the mail, you may want to use a padded envelope.)

Voila, you’ve got a small ornament gift ready to send in your Christmas cards, for just a bead, a ribbon, and a foot of wire! Happy Holidays!

wire christmas tree card

If you’d like to learn more about creating with wire or beads take a look at our Jewelry Books or Instructional DVDS. They make great holiday gifts!

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