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Featured Instructor – Joe Korth

by Judy Ellis, Wire-Sculpture.com

Wire Jewelry Inspiration for
December 22, 2014

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’re planning to have the best Tucson gem show classes in town! Plan your 2015 Tucson trip around taking a class – or a few! – at the Jewelrytools.com Jewelry Classes at JOGS this February.

Featured Instructor: Joe Korth

Carrie Story

Joe Korth is a jewelry artist and metalsmith from Denver, Colorado. He was born in Berkeley, California in 1979. His first exposure to jewelry creation was in a high school art class. Joe continued his education at Eastern Michigan University where he earned a B.A. with a dual major in Philosophy and Literature.

After completing his degree in 2002, he moved to Denver and began to explore his love for the arts. He has devoted himself completely to jewelry since 2004. Joe has been an instructor at the Clear Creek Academy in Denver as well as the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, where he was an Artist-In-Residence from 2011-2012. Joe is currently the President of the Colorado Metalsmithing Association (COMA).

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

We are lucky to have Joe as one of our 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!

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Quick Holiday Gifts

Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip
December 19, 2014

Quick Holiday Gift Patterns

As Christmas draws closer, we begin the last minute scramble for gift ideas. Today I thought that I’d share a few of our quick pattern tips. Hopefully it will help you finish up a few of your projects – or perhaps, start a few new ones!  Enjoy!

 

Pearl and Black Onyx Necklace

One way to create bead and wire necklaces is to make a series of beaded wire segments, adding from 1 to 3 inches of chain between them. This example has been finished with a favorite toggle clasp.

Skill Level: Beginner/All

Technique: beading, cutting

Materials

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Chain Drop Earrings

For quick and attractive earring designs, attach some unusual chain segments to a pair of ready-made ear wires and add a headpin charm, or not!  The results can be stunning, (and sell well too).

Skill Level: Beginner/All

Technique: beading, cutting

Materials

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Finished Ribbon

A great alternative to a chain is to simply ‘finish’ a ribbon!  In this example an 18-inch length of organza ribbon was looped at each end.

A lobster claw clasp with an attached jump ring was threaded onto one loop and a large jump ring with a one-inch chain segment onto the other end.

Using 20g half-round, half-hard wire, the ends were then wrapped onto the main ribbons’ length.

A sparkling, headpin charm was attached to the end of the chain segment, giving the final touch.

What a nice way to present pendants for that special occasion such as a wedding or a prom!

Skill Level: Beginner/All

Technique: simple wire wrapping, cutting

Materials

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Bent Wire Earrings

What a cool idea!  Create them by using 21g round, half-hard wire, (in your choice of length from 3 to 4-inches, or even longer); use round-nose pliers to make a loop in one end and then bend the wire slightly off-center.

Add a headpin drop to the loop and file the opposite end smooth.  Simple, easy and very contemporary!

Skill Level: Beginner/All

Technique: simple wire cutting and bending, beading

Materials

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I hope you’ve enjoyed these quick projects. For more great patterns, sign up today to receive more FREE Patterns!

Happy Wrapping!

13 NEW Sheet Metal Products

by Judy Ellis, Wire-Sculpture.com

Daily Wire Jewelry Resource December 17, 2014

13 NEW Sheet Metal Products!

All metal-working begins with a blank sheet. Well, here you go!  Today I wanted to share with you a great product that we NOW have in stock – Sheet Metal in TWO convenient sizes.

I think that you’ll love using it for you projects. We’ve carried some sheet metal before, but we’ve added much more in new sizes and gauges! It’s really exciting what you can create with these. Take a look!

Wire-Sculpture guarantees the BEST PRICE on all of our Base Metal Sheet. If you find a lower price ANYWHERE, give us a call!

NOW in two convenient sizes.

Line Break

Copper –

Alloy 110

Gauge Size 6×6 6×12
18
0.040
$12.86
$16.07
20
0.032
$10.61
$13.26
22
0.025
$8.61
$10.77
24
0.020
$6.93
$8.66
26
0.016
$5.84
$7.30
28 – Coming Soon
0.012
$6.71
$8.39
30 – Coming Soon
0.010
$6.01
$7.51

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Red Brass –

Alloy 230

Gauge Size 6×6 6×12
18
0.040
$11.95
$15.54
20
0.032
$10.08
$13.11
22
0.025
$7.91
$10.28
24
0.020
$6.62
$8.60
26
0.016
$5.52
$7.17
28 – Coming Soon
0.012
$5.63
$7.32
30 – Coming Soon
0.010
$6.10
$7.93

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NICKEL SILVER –

Alloy 752

Gauge Size 6×6 6×12
22
0.025
$10.79
$15.11
24
0.020
$8.78
$12.29
26
0.016
$7.27
$10.18

This metal sheet is great for making any of our FREE patterns. Don’t wait – pick up your sheet metal today and get creating!

Happy Wrapping!

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Featured Instructor – Eva Sherman

by Judy Ellis, Wire-Sculpture.com

Wire Jewelry Inspiration for
December 15, 2014

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’re planning to have the best Tucson gem show classes in town! Plan your 2015 Tucson trip around taking a class – or a few! – at the Jewelrytools.com Jewelry Classes at JOGS this February.

Featured Instructor: Eva Sherman

Carrie Story

Eva Sherman began beading as a way to spend time with her daughters but soon became hopelessly addicted. In 2005 she traded her architectural career for the opportunity to spend all her time among beads, and opened Grand River Bead Studio in Cleveland, Ohio. Eva now happily spends most days in the studio creating, writing and teaching, but has been know to take her show on the road.

She has discovered an affinity for working with wire and metals, and prefers to design in an organic and unstructured style. Eva co-authored “Organic Wire & Metal Jewelry” published by Kalmbach in 2014, and is currently writing a second book titled “Cool Copper Cuffs” scheduled for release in 2015.

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

We are lucky to have Eva as one of our 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!

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Crazy Christmas Star

Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip December 12, 2014

Crazy Christmas Star Pattern

This week  I came across this very simple metal working pattern and  I think you’ll love!  You can either create the stars from scratch or use pre-cut metal shapes. They would make great Christmas tree ornaments or wonderful gifts for friends and neighbors.

Enjoy!

Crazy Christmas Star

This great little project is fun for the experienced and beginner alike and can lend itself to adaptions of your own design!

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Skill Level: Beginner/All

Technique: Metal cutting, texturing, wire coiling.

Materials

  • 21 Gauge Sheet Metal, 2″ x 2.25″ or Pre-cut Sheet Metal Shapes
  • 16 gauge jump ring, 6.0mm I.D
  • 18-Guage Wire (approximately 2.5″)

Tools:

Instructions:

    1. Cut out a paper star pattern with scissors and trace it onto your sheet metal using a permanent marker. Then, using metal shears, cut the star fromthe sheet metal. You can also use a Pre-cut Metal star shape. If so, simply follow the steps for necessary for adding your own designs!

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    1. Place the star, curved side down, on a steel block. Tap it with a rawhide hammer until it is flat. File the edges of the star with a metal hand file until they are smooth. An acrylic nail file is helpful for a final sanding. Tool Tip: When using a hand file, remember to file in the opposite direction from which the teeth run. That is, make contact with the metal as the file moves away from you, using a pushing motion.

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    1. Using a metal stamp of your choice, hammer a design into the surface of your metal star. Tool Tip: A dead blow brass hammer works best when striking metal stamps–it is less likely to slip and the weight of the hammer will make your strikes more effective. It is often helpful to practice stamping your design on a scrap piece of metal. Hold the stamp perpendicular to the surface of the metal and strike solidly. It is best to strike once, but you may find it necessary to strike several times. If so, be sure to hold the stamp firmly so that it does not move, making multiple images of your design.

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    1. Using a soft brass brush, polish the surface of the star, holding it on the steel block as shown. Then, wrap a Polishing Cloth around a flexible acrylic nail file and firmly buff the star to a bright shine with the cloth. Tool Tip: For a high luster and flawless shine, your star may be tumble polished in a Lortone Tumbler with mixed stainless steel shot and a few drops of Super Sunsheen Burnishing Compound.

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    1. After marking the appropriate place with a permanent marker, use Punch Pliers (1.80mm) to put a hole in the top of the star. Tool Tip: EuroPunch Pliers are ideal for punching a hole in your star. These pliers can easily handle 24-gauge metal while allowing easy placement of the hole in just the right spot. These pliers also come in a 1.25mm size.

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    1. Place your star with the stamped side down in the hollow of a large, shallow dapping block. Using a wooden punch and hammer as shown in the picture, begin forming the star into a gently curved shape.
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    1. Using Flush Cutters, flush cut one end of a piece of dead soft18-gauge wire. To flush cut, place the flat side of the flush cutter blades toward
      the piece of wire that you want to use and the “v” of the blades toward that wire that you will not use to make the coil.
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    1. Using Round Nose Pliers, begin forming a round coil. Once you have made a complete revolution, gently but firmly hold the loop deep in the
      jaws of your Medium or Wide Flat Nose Pliers and continue coiling for about 2.5 revolutions. Tool Tip: It is important to use only the amount of pressure necessary to hold the wire as you coil it so that marring
      will not occur.
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    1. With your Round Nose Pliers, make the desired number of curves to finish the coil. Lastly, make a loop on the end of the wire so that you can hang the star from a jump ring.
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  1. Connect the coil to the star using a 16-gauge jump ring that is 6.0mm inside diameter. This jump ring will also serve as a bail for hanging the star.

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You have  completed the  Crazy Christmas Star!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little tutorial. Think of all the wonderful shapes you could create and make into ornaments and gifts! Send us pictures of your completed designs – we’d love to see therm. For more great patterns, sign up today to receive more FREE Patterns!

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