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Jewelry Making Sales & How-to Books

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!

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Texturing Hammer with 12 Faces

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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Prong-Setting Ideas

by Judy Ellis, Wire-Sculpture.com

Wire Jewelry Tip for August 20, 2014

Prong-Setting Ideas for a Cut Stone

Lately we have been revisiting some of our older posts, and today I’d like to share one as well. This is a great post with a question that I’m sure some of you have had. Enjoy!

Question:

I have an almost cylindrical cut stone that looks like an emerald cut front and back. It almost looks like a crystal, but it is the same dimensions top to bottom. If I use prongs on it, should I add prongs to the underside as well? With regular prong settings that do not use snap sets, what keeps the stone from falling out from the back side?

-Kevin in St. Petersburg, Florida

Answer:

Hi Kevin, your stone sounds very pretty and easy to set! In my opinion, prongs should not be used on the back side of a stone because small, sharp prongs can easily get caught in fabric or knit, thus pulling away from the stone (resulting in a lost stone) or jutting out and irritating the skin.

You describe the cut as being emerald-style; it would be easy enough to make a pendant using a prong frame setting, where the stone is held in at the top by prongs and regular pulls (like a framed cabochon) hold the stone in on the back side.

Blue Quartz Crystal

Regular pulls will work with an emerald cut; simply plan your wraps so that the pulls run alongside the facet on the back, being about invisible from the front. Because of the emerald facets, your stone could also be set in a regular frame (which would be my choice, if adding the set stone as the focal point on a bracelet).

Of course, the Orbit prong pendant design will fit about any size or shaped stone. The prongs are custom-designed by you, to fit over the crown and girdle of the stone and then slightly down part of the pavilion, after which the lock-in-wires form a stable frame just under the girdle, so no wire shows through the top of the stone at all. Whichever design you choose to use, have fun with your unique stone, Kevin!

Note: Just as this Tip “went to Press,” Kevin sent in a picture of his unique stone, as well as his finished design! We hope this gives you some ideas to try in your own jewelry-making:

Blue Quartz Crystal

Wire Wrapped Blue Quartz Crystal

Wire wrapped by Kevin Thornhill; images courtesy of Kevin Thornhill.

Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong

If you are looking for some gorgeous Gemstones – take a look at our collection of CZ Cubic Zirconia Gemstons, or our One-of-a-Kind Gemstones, or even our One-of-a-kind Pendants.

Happy Wrapping!

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Glue, Tape and Adhesives

by Judy Ellis, Wire-Sculpture.com

Tool of the Week for August 18, 2014

This week’s Featured Tool is about Glue, Tape and Adhesives

Wire jewelry making is a precise art. And the most skilled craftspeople are extremely picky about the tools and materials they use right down to the glues and adhesives.

These fine jewelry-making glues and adhesives exceed the standards of the even the most exacting wire jewelry-making pros, like you. Pick out an adhesive and complete your tool box today!

Types of Jewelry Glue and Adhesives:

E6000 Adhesive Glue 3.7 oz.

E6000 Adhesive Glue. A great industrial-strength adhesive for all your Jewelry Making and crafting needs. One of the strongest bonding adhesives on the market, dries clear. Does not dry out and crack like others. – Pack of 1; 3.7 fl. oz (110 mL) per package.

Tenax Water Clear Bonding Instant Adhesive

This water-clear super glue is designed to bond stones, ceramics, glass, porcelain, metals, rubber and some plastics. It is not recommended for use on wood, paper, cloth, polyethylene and teflon.

Its quick bonding action requires no clamping or mixing. The parts to be joined must match as Tenax is not a gap filler.

Net wt. 1/4 fl. oz.
Finger Pro Tape

Finger Pro is the ultimate finger protection from cuts, burns and abrasions. Because Finger Pro is thin and tough, it allows the user to handle small articles much better than conventional cots or gloves. This unique tape sticks only to itself, not to your skin.

Finger Pro breathes and actually enhances your grip and is easily removed when the work is done. Finger Pro Tape comes in 3/4 and 1 inch.

Pick up your  adhesives today and complete your jewelry toolbox!

Happy Wrapping!

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