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by Judy Ellis, Wire-Sculpture.com

Daily Wire Jewelry Tip
November 14, 2014

Gift Giving Ideas for the Wire Wrapper in YOUR Life

As I was trying to decide what to tell you about today, I saw a sign that read “41 Days until Christmas” and I panicked a little bit! I can’t believe that? It seems like just yesterday we were talking about sunshine and making anklets to wear by the pool! Today, I’m looking out my window and it’s snowing and blowing and I’m wondering if I’m going to have all of my projects done in time.

So, I thought I would do a post today dedicated to Gift Giving Ideas for the Wire Wrapper in YOUR Life.

Maybe you have a friend or a family member who is just getting started and you just don’t know what to get them, or perhaps your significant other has asked you “honey, what would you like this year?” and you haven’t yet told them…

Well, I took a quick poll around the office to see what everyone would have loved to receive as a gift and I got some great ideas for you!

Gifts for the Beginner:

I asked our customer service gals to tell me what they would love to have received as a “beginner” – here’s what they said:

Janina and Layna both agreed that it might be awesome to receive the Jump Start Beginner Classes on DVD and our Ultimate Wire Pliers Set! They thought those two gifts would give them the little “kick” to get them started!

All 6 Jump Start Beginner Classes on DVD

Debbie told me: ” I would have loved getting the tumbler set, with all the works! There are so many different things you can use it for like hardening and finishing projects, getting jump rings ready to use, and polishing rocks and gemstones.”

She also thought that receiving one of our 7 Piece Mini TruStrike Hammer Set’s would be awesome! You get so many different heads for use with all of your projects.

With that she would also have wanted to receive the Bench Block Helper with Steel and Nylon Blocks, and the Rawhide and Brass Hammer. (Those would keep her out of her husbands tool box!)

Medium Rawhide Hammer 1 1/4 inch - Pack of 1

Intermediate Level Gifts:

I asked Meghan (from our warehouse), who considers herself and Intermediate level wire wrapper, what kinds of gifts she thought she would like this year!

She said: I would love getting the Entire Intermediate DVD Series, and any kind of wire! She especially loves creating with our Colored Craft Wire or our Base Metal Pattern Wire so either of these would be great gifts for her!

Enameled Craft Wire
Base Metal Pattern Wire

A few tools that might be added to that list of “great gifts” would be the Lindstrom Multi Purpose Shear for cutting Pattern Wire and the Xuron Double Flush Cutter for cutting wire or heavy metal strands.

Layna also metioned that she loves creating beautiful bracelets and earring combinations with Argentium Wire, Pearls and faceted Gemstone Beads so any combination of those would suit her just fine!

Pearls

Advanced Level Gift Ideas:

Here’s a few quick ideas that we came up with for the advanced wire wrapper in YOUR life!

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A Gold Club Membership:

Wire Jewelry Books

For the person who has everything:

And last but not least, if you just can’t decide what to give someone, don’t worry… we’ve got you covered! We also offer Gift Certificates!

Gift Certificate Gift Certificates make outstanding gifts for friends, family or loved ones and can be redeemed for any product in our store.

So, now that I’ve given you some great ideas, I need to go get working on the rest of my projects! I hope you enjoyed seeing a few of the items our staff here would love to receive!

Happy Wrapping!

 

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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!

Happy Wrapping!

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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!

Happy Wrapping!

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Jewelry Tool Kits

by Judy Ellis, Wire-Sculpture.com

Tool of the Week for September 29, 2014

This week we feature our Jewelry Tool Kits

Nothing is more frustrating than reaching for a jewelry tool to make that one crucial adjustment and not being able to find the jewelry tool you need.

When you’re focused on creating handmade jewelry masterpiece, the last thing you want to do is jump in your car and head to the craft store to buy the jewelry tool you need. These are an economical way to pick up all your necessary tools at one time.

Tool Kits:

Starving Artist Tool Kit

This complete tool kit has everything you need to get started in wire sculpture! Small flush cutters, flat nose pliers, chain nose pliers, and round nose pliers. The perfect toolkit for any starving wire artist

Wire Jewelry Tool Kit

Complete wire sculpting tool kit which includes a metal marking pen, a 6 inch steel ruler, a sliding pin vise, flush cutters, round nose pliers, chain nose pliers, flat nose pliers, with a convenient blue canvas pouch.

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Premium Wire Jewelry Tool Kit

Flush Cutters, Premium Flat Nose Pliers, Premium Round Nose Pliers, Premium Chain Nose Pliers, 6 Inch Steel Ruler, pin vise wire rounder combo, Multi-Step Looping Pliers, and a Wire Marking Pen.

Professional Wire Artist Tool Kit

This professional wire artist tool kit is the recommended tool kit of Wire-Sculpture.com and Dale “Cougar” Armstrong. Not only will you have the tools you need to create all different types of wire jewelry, you’ll also have high quality tools that will last a lifetime. Here’s what you’ll get when you purchase this tool kit:

  • Swanstrom Chain Nose Plier
  • Swanstrom Flat Nose Plier
  • Swanstrom Round Nose Plier
  • Xuron Flush Cutter
  • Soft Arkansas Stone with Leather Pouch
  • 6 Step Barrel Plier
  • Sliding Pin Vise
  • 12 Inch Stainless Steel Ruler
  • Sunshine Polishing Cloth

Ultimate wire-pliers Set

Tools Included in the set:

  • 3-Step square wire Pliers
  • Flat Nose wire-pliers
  • Chain Nose wire-pliers
  • Found Nose wire-pliers
  • Zuron Flush cutters
  • Black Zipper Case included

Every Tool has:

  • Durable Box Joint
  • Precision Shape Designed for Wire Jewelry Making
  • High-Strength Steel Jaw
  • Custom Purple Grip
  • Comfort Grip for Extended Use
  • Designed for Repeat Motion over Extended Time
  • Latex Free Handle
  • Lifetime Replacement Guarantee

Pick up your Jewelry Tool Kit today and complete your jewelry toolbox!

Happy Wrapping!

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Jewelry Anvils and Blocks

by Judy Ellis, Wire-Sculpture.com

Tool of the Week for September 22, 2014

This week we feature several of our Jewelry Anvils and Blocks

Jeweler’s anvils might not be the hulking masses that you see blacksmiths or heavy iron workers pound out their creations upon, but they are no less an important tool a serious jeweler.

Our anvils and bench blocks will help you to straighten wire, work harden finished projects, work out dents and much more. Choose from desktop steel anvils and bench blocks.

Anvils:

Mini Economy Double Horned Jewelers Anvil

Mini double horned polished steel jewelers anvil. 4 inches long by 1 1/2 inches high by 1 inch wide. Traditional model great for any home jewelry business.

Single Horn Jewelers Anvil

Small polished steel jewelers anvil. The top measures 6 1/2 inches long by 2 inches wide. Great for any home jewelry business.

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Professional Jewelers Double Horned Anvil

Double horned anvil. Measures approx. 4.5 inches across the top. One round horn and one flat horn for all your jewelry needs. Small but heavy duty for small metal working jobs.

Blocks:

4×4 Inch Rubber Block

4×4 inches in length and 1 inch thick. Hard vulcanized rubber block, great for insulating your work surface from the noise and vibration of a steel bench block Also suitable for work-hardening wire without flattening it, and for removing dents. Excellent with rawhide or nylon head hammers.

Bench Block Helper with Steel and Nylon Blocks

This three piece set includes a thick vulcanized firm rubber base which absorbs shock, plus a solid steel block that is 15/16″ (24mm) thick and 3″ (75mm) in diameter. The third piece is a sturdy nylon block the same size that fits into the rubber base for lighter, more delicate work. This is a well made set, and allows one to hammer without creating excess noise and vibration at the bench. 2.5 lbs.

Steel and Wood Bench Block 3×3 Inch

Steel and Wood Bench Block 3×3 Inch. This is a New Addition to our Bench Block Line! Forge hardened Steel on one side and Natural Hard Wood on the other. Great Block to add to any Jeweler’s Bench.

Steel Block–Deluxe Hardened Steel

Highly polished bench block, made of hardened steel, allows smooth surface for metal working while burnishing the back side at the same time.

Pick up your Jewelry Anvils and Blocks today and complete your jewelry toolbox!

Happy Wrapping!

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