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Live from Tucson – Getting Rid of the “Tail”

Daily Wire Jewelry Tip January 30, 2015

Live from Tucson 2015

If you’ve been following our blog, you know that we are partnering with our sister company JewelryTools.com and offering over 100 classes in Tucson at the JOGS Gem & Jewelry Show this year. We have a very impressive list of instructors offering myriad of techniques.

We’ve asked our instructors to give us a few quick tips that we could share with all of you. Today I wanted to feature a tip sent to us from Rhonda Chase. Rhonda is teaching several classes in Wire Wrapping. Her  tip is on how to “Get rid of the Tail” when wrapping wires.  take a look below!

Rhonda Chase

Getting Rid of the “Tail”

When making wrapped loops and you have that annoying little “tail” left sticking out at the end of the last loop, get out your crimping pliers. Rhonda demonstrates her tip on her pendant from her Wire Wrapped Bead Pendant class.

Wrapped loops before the ends are trimmed and shaped.


1. Use the rounding part in the front of the pliers to wrap the tiny bit of wire with rest of the loops into a perfect circle.

Dangles with wrapped loops on an antique glass bead pendant.

2. Use the round tip of the crimping pliers to gently shape the wrap ends just like you would shape a crimp.

This is especially helpful with heavy wires. Your wrapped loops will look great and no more scratchy bits!

If you’d like to see more about Rhonda Chase and her Tucson classes this year – CLICK HERE!

A Special Thanks to Rhonda for the Live Tip from Tucson!

Happy Wrapping!


Live from Tucson 2015

by Judy Ellis, Wire-Sculpture.com

Daily Wire Jewelry Tip January 28, 2015

Live Tips from Tucson

If you’ve been following our blog, you know that we are partnering with our sister company JewelryTools.com in offering over 100 classes at in Tucson at JOGS Gem & Jewelry Show this year.

This year we have a very impressive list of instructors offering myriad of techniques. If you are attending JOGS this year, and taking some of our classes – you are in for a real treat!

So, while we are in Tucson, we’ve asked some of our instructors to give us a few quick tips. Today I wanted to kick-off our live tips with one from last year shared with us by Debora Mauser.

Debora Mauser

Today Debora gives us a quick video tip on how to make a tight wire spiral.

I will be featuring more Live from Tucson Tips as the show kicks off.  If you’d like to see all of Debora’s Classes in Tucson – CLICK HERE

If you are still planning on attending, there’s still time to register for a class! CLICK HERE to see a list of instructors and register TODAY!

Happy Wrapping!

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There’s still time to register for JOGS!

by Judy Ellis, Wire-Sculpture.com

Jewelry Show Tip for January 26, 2015

Join us at JOGS on January 29 – February 9,

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

We are so excited about the AMAZING instructors and classes that we have starting this week! If you are planing on attending JOGS this week in Tucson, but haven’t decided which classes to take.. there is still time to register!

Click to explore the class projects by the instructors listed:

Albina Manning Annette KinslowAnnette Kinslow Brenda Branson Carrie Story
Cindy Goldrick Cooky Schock
Donna Lewis
Eva Sherman
Joe Korth Kim St. Jean Linda Larsen
Marilyn Gardiner Melody MacDuffee
Meredith Arnold
Olga Dillow
Rhonda Chase

Sara LaGrand

Jackie Truty Debora Mauser

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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Dixie’s Inspired Egyptian Coil Necklace

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.


  • 12 gauge dead soft copper wire


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!


What Type of Wire Should I Use?

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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