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Polishing Patina

by Judy Ellis, Wire-Sculpture.com

Daily Wire Jewelry Tip March 04, 2015

Ultra-Polish Pad and Metal Brush for polishing patina finishes.

We’ve been discussing patinas and finishes over the last week or so… Today I wanted to share two short videos from our good friend Kate Richbourg at JewelryTools.com.

Kate gives you some quick tips on using the Ultra-Polishing Pad* and a Metal Brush to help polish those pieces that you’ve just antiqued with Liver of Sulfur.

Ultra-Polishing Pad:

These convenient sized Ultra-Polish Pads are great for removing tarnish, highlighting when using liver of sulfur or silver black, or polishing to a high luster, fast and easy. Leaves no residue. They are made of thin, tight-bond foam with permanently bonded micro-abrasives. A handy, economical polisher that is truly amazing. Squares are 2" x 2" and sold in packs of 20.

Kate is referencing the Pearl Polishing Pads.  At JewelryTools.com we carry the Ultra-Polishing Pad, which is the same type of product.

Metal Brush:

This brush is excellent for cleaning or surface texturing on soft metals. It consists of 4 rows of brass bristles in a wooden handle. Made in Germany; 8-5/8″ long.

Pick up your Ultra-Polishing Pads and Metal Brush today!

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Featured Tool: Wax Casting

by Judy Ellis, Wire-Sculpture.com

Tool of the Week for March 2, 2015

This week we feature our Wax Casting Supplies

Looking for wax casting supplies and accessories? Look no further! We have you covered from wax to wax molds and wax injectors!

Today we feature a few of our Wax Casting Supplies from our sister site JewelryTools.com.

What is Wax Casting?

Lost-wax casting is the process by which a duplicate sculpture or jewelry piece (often silver, gold, brass or bronze) is cast from an original sculpture. The “lost wax” technique is so called because the wax model is destroyed in order to create the piece. The technique is sometimes called the “lost mold” technique because the mold, too, is destroyed in the process.

Wax Working Tools:

Below we feature a selection of tools that are necessary for any beginner to advanced artisan.

Wax Worker

Wax Worker

This Electric Wax Worker features a heavy duty steel body with comfortable non-warming hand piece. The hand piece is designed with eight individual non-flammable wires to provide optimal flexibility and heat resistance. It is made of lightweight fiber to stay cool and accommodates most tips of other wax workers. A sturdy handpiece holder is located on the top right of the machine.The control box on this unit delivers precise heat and can be precisely varied for different waxes and effects.



Here you’ll find Kate Wolf silver and gold toned wax. The carving wax is flexible and may be polished to a beautiful smooth finish. Wolf Wax is carvable, machinable and strong. Wolf’s repair wax is easy to blend built-up and repaired sections of wax.

The touch-up wax fixes imperfections and is easily scraped-off and trimmed. Freeman has been producing injection wax for over 30 years. Their wax has been the industry standard for quality and excellence.



If you’re in the market for a new crucible, or two, look no further! You’ll find ceramic and graphite crucibles for your convenience.

Our ceramic crucibles are perfect for centrifugal casting machines and are made of fused silica with a clay bond. The graphite crucibles are made for electric melting furnaces. We have many different products to help you in your metal melting and all of your casting needs.

Melting Dishes

Melting Dishes

Melting dishes are incredibly helpful for melting and pouring metals such as gold, silver and so much more. These dishes are made of fused silica with a clay bond.

These dishes can be used with a torch for melting points up to 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit, and are specifically designed for use with platinum. The set of 4 dishes can be used up to 2,800 degree Fahrenheit. These can also be purchased individually.



Casting molds are a necessity for every wax and lost wax jewelry artist. These will complete your jewelry work bench and they don’t take up much space.

These will fit either in a small corner of your work space or attached to the edge of a table. Our three part mold frame is made from high-grade aluminum and offers the convenience of having a combination of seven mold frames at your disposal

Silicone and Rubber

Silicone and Rubber

When it comes to silicone and rubber for jewelry making, we’re your one stop shop. Our 4X gold silicone mold rubber is a premium grade, soft silicone rubber with wax release and tear resistance. This mat is intended for intricate designs and for hand cutting.

Our rubber pre-cut mold release delivers controlled shrinkage and excellent cutting qualities. These mats are available in flex, firm and low shrink and in strips.

For more information about Lost-Wax Casting – pick up this book today!

Lost Wax Casting: Old, New and Inexpensive Methods, By Dr. Fred R. Sias, Jr.||PUB-135.00

Lost Wax Casting: Old, New and Inexpensive Methods, By Dr. Fred R. Sias, Jr.

This book is a basic introduction to lost-wax casting with emphasis on jewelry making. Designed to be used as a textbook and as a reference book, it is excellent for beginners as well as experienced casters. Heavy emphasis is placed upon understanding why things are done in a particular way, rather than simply presenting a set of ‘cookbook’ rules that will always work.

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Spring Cleaning… Ring Cleaning!

by Judy Ellis, Wire-Sculpture.com

Daily Wire Jewelry Tip February 18, 2015

Spring Cleaning… Ring Cleaning!

It has been a very strange winter here in Utah. We’ve had minimal snow with record warm temperatures and a lot of sunshine. This has prompted green grass, early flower buds and the feeling that Spring is right around the corner!

Since it was so nice outside I decided I would begin some of my Spring cleaning. At my house this consists of opening all the windows, getting out the mops, scrubbing gloves, rags and the cleaner.. It includes windows, walls, doors, dressers and blinds – all the places that the winter dust congregates!

As I was dusting my dresser I thought, why not pull out my rings and necklaces and give them a good cleaning as well.  So, today I thought I’d share a few ideas about keeping your jewelry clean and healthy!

How to keep your rings looking beautiful:

Why take your rings to a professional jeweler? During a professional ring cleaning, the jeweler helps keep rings in ideal condition and protects your investment by inspecting the ring for signs of any damage, loose stones, and checking prongs and mountings to ensure diamonds are secure.

  • Rings should be professionally cleaned every six months.
  • Cleaned at home monthly to help remove built up body oil, perspiration, household products, etc.

Cleaning rings also offers health benefits. Most people know that hand washing helps prevent the spread of germs, but have never considered that rings can harbor germs.

  • A study* of ICU nurses revealed that even after hand washing, nurses who wore rings had a higher amount of bacteria on their hands than those who did not.
  • A second study** revealed that after a thorough hand washing, there was a higher number of germs present on ring fingers than on fingers where no ring was worn. The best way to guard against illness is by removing rings before washing both hands and rings separately.

Doing it yourself – Cleaning your jewelry at home:

We have several great articles on our blog, but take a look at this one one on How to Clean Copper and Brass Jewelry; CLICK HERE for the article. You can also read more about Helping your Silver Jewerly Survive the Summer. This is a great article as we being prepping for the summer months!

Cleaning and Polishing Supplies for all jewelry:

In less than two minutes you can easily remove tarnish and oxidation to restore the shine and brilliance to all silver jewelry. ShineBrite will even remove Liver of Sulphur! Instantly bring out lost shine to sterling silver, fine silver, and silver plating.

Simply place silver pieces into the included basket, let it soak for up to two minutes and then rinse with warm water. Dry and polish with a soft cloth. ShineBrite is made in the USA and is biodegradable. Does not have a bad smell or odor and comes in an 8 ounce container. Not recommended for use on soft stones (pearls, opals, etc.).

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Polishing Cloths - Pack of 4

Polishing Cloths – Pack of 4

These cloths can be used to polish wire and sheet metal but you must put some red rouge on them. They do not come pre impregnated with polish. Just lay them down and scratch your red rouge bar against them about 10 times and their ready to polish. —Four piece colored terry wiping cloth set

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For the beginner or the professional, this tumbler is the ideal tumbler for the home jeweler or lapidary. It has a 3lb capacity with one rubber barrel. Does a quality job of hardening wire and brings a professional finish to gold and silver wire jewelry. Can also be used to tumble polish rough gem material. Perfect size for the home jeweler short on space.

This cleaning solution is biodegradable, safe, fast and easy to use. Simply spray a mist of QuikBrite onto the object to be cleaned.

Allow it to set one to two minutes and wipe off with a clean cotton cloth. This cleaner contains enzymes to remove all body oils, general debris and grime accumulated on all jewelry and stones. QuikBrite is organic in nature and is non-toxic. It contains no phenols, ammonia, sulphur compounds, nitrates or harmful components.

Line Break

Used for polishing and buffing gold filled wire, 14 karat gold wire, silver, brass, and copper. 1/4 pound bar. Does not contain any coarse material. Great for creating a mirror finish on all metals.

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This great new polisher from EURO TOOL is smaller than a mouse pad. It has pre-lubricated ball bearings and a dust-proof motor housing that makes it almost maintenance free. This precision polisher is well balanced so you don’t have to sacrifice quality or speed. It works with standard wheels and buffs up to 4″.

This polisher includes 2 tapered spindles, 2 medium abrasive wheels and 2 replacement motor brushes. It is 110 volts with 1/6 HP motor. It is UL listed and has a variable speed from 1,800 to 7,500 RPM. 1-year warranty.

If you’re looking to just do a little personal “spring cleaning” or if you need cleaning and polishing supplies for the jewelry that you create and sell, we carry everything you need to keep your jewelry in tip-top-shape! Take a look at our CLEANING AND POLISHING supplies today!

Happy Wrapping!



*A Prospective Comparative Study of the Relationship Between Different Types of Rings and Microbial Hand Colonization Among Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Nurses

**The Number and Type of Microorganisms on the Ring Finger After Handwashing

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Tucson Class Projects

by Judy Ellis, Wire-Sculpture.com

Wire Jewelry Inspiration for January 19, 2015

Mark Your Calendar for January 29 – February 9, 2015

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

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 are getting closer to our classes, so today I wanted to give you a sneak peek at some of the AMAZING projects our instructors will be teaching!

Click below to explore the class projects:

Annette Kinslow

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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Tucson Gem Show

by Judy Ellis, Wire-Sculpture.com

Wire Jewelry Resource January 14, 2015

Tucson Gem Show

If you’ve never been to Tucson during the Gem show, you are in for a real treat! From beautiful high end finished jewelry to giant crystal sculptures, you’ll always be surprised at the wonderful finds. Today I wanted to give you just a little bit of a sneak peak into some of the things you might see!

Tenzin and Pasang Beads at JOGS show
JOGS show booth
JOGS show booth with finished jewelry
Treasures at the JOGS show
Turquoise beads at JOGS show
Elephant sculptures at the JOGS show
So much more to see than just jewelry!

JewelryTools.com demo area at the JOGS show

Eva Sherman drawing a crowd at the JewelryTools.com booth.
Vendor booth at the JOGS show 2013
Turtle sculpture at JOGS show
Seraphinite cabochons at the JOGS show
Seraphinite Cabochons.
Pearls at JOGS show 2013

beaders dream at the to bead true blue show

This year, our sister company JewelryTools.com has an amazing group of teachers lined up for our classes at JOGS. If you haven’t had a chance to go take a class – don’t wait! Get your registration in today and come and visit us at JOGS!

Mark Your Calendar for January 29 – February 9,

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

Let me introduce you to three of our Instructors:

Featured Instructor: Marilyn Gardiner

Debora Mauser

I love jewelry, color, pattern, and design. It is thrilling to create something new that others love too. And I truly enjoy breaking down something complex into an easy-to-learn sequence that I can share with others, both in print and in the classroom. During the past 13 years I have developed my beading and chain mail skills with energy and enthusiasm and created beadwork and chain mail kits with step-by-step instructions that really work.

I know that the kits have quality instructions because of positive feedback from my students and from customers who buy my kits in classes, at shows and from my online store. I regularly teach classes in bead stores in Toronto, Ontario, and at bead shows and retreats across Canada, in Texas, Tucson AZ and at Bead&Button in Milwaukee WI. In 2007 I was “Folk Artist in Residence – Beadwork” at the Joseph Schneider Haus in Kitchener. I set up a series of lectures, seminars, and demonstrations throughout the year. There was also a gallery exhibit of beadwork that featured my work and included the contemporary and historical work of several other artists. The residency resulted in several articles in the local media.

I later completed a beadwork commission for the museum, and some of my work is sold in the museum gift shop. I have published projects available online at Beading Times, Bead Bugle, All Free Jewelry, and The Beading Gem’s Journal. Some of my kits are sold online through The Jewelry Professor and Beadfx. The Fall 2012 issue of A Needle Pulling Thread published a multi-page Artist Profile of my work. Most of my time at present is directed to the creation of new chain mail projects.

I am currently working on several new designs that will be ready as kits and for teaching at the fall and winter shows. I have well over a hundred active chain mail kits available.

Click Below to explore a few of Marilyn’s Classes this January and February in Tucson:

1/31/2015 2:30pm – 6:00pm Marilyn Gardiner Celtic Stars Bracelet

Featured Instructor: Melody MacDuffee

Jackie Truty

Mel began her jewelry-making career as a crocheter. Now a confirmed wire-worker, she catches her crochet aesthetic leaking over into her newer medium with a fair amount of frequency (with her permission). The author of three books (including Lacy Wire Jewelry, Kalmbach, 2010), with a fourth book due out in May of 2015, Mel has taught all over the U.S. and as far away as Morocco and West Africa. She strongly believes that learning in general, and jewelry classes in particular, should be fun. Hence, her teaching style is laid back, and stress has been advised that it will be denied entrance to her classrooms.

Mel is also the co-founder and director of Soul of Somanya, a small non-profit that provides paid training and steady work at a living wage to at-risk young adult artisans in the Krobo region of Ghana in West Africa (www.soulofsomanya.net).

Click below to explore Melody’s Classes this January and February in Tucson:

2/07/2015 2:30pm – 6:00pm Melody MacDuffee Bezeling Nature

Featured Instructor: Meredith Arnold

Janet Alexander

Meredith Arnold, Comedian Artist/Designer/instructor/ (aka Slash Artist), is a professional artist specializing in mixed media and jewelry arts. Her metal, metal clay, and polymer clay work has been published in books and magazines, presented on television and included in exhibitions around the world.

Combining different materials is an intriguing challenge and presents a wider range of possibilities for the expression that Meredith is seeking to produce. She finds that bringing metal, paint, metal clay, polymer clay, fiber, paper and textiles together provides an adventure into the uncomfortable unknown and expands awareness in every direction.

Currently Meredith teaches at a variety of colleges and art centers in the Seattle area, around the U.S. and Europe and has various appearances on the PBS show ‘Beads, Baubles and Jewels’ and the Edmonds Community College cable channels. As the Director of ArtWorks in Edmonds, a community art center, she has the privilege of mentoring other artists as her “day job”.

Click below to explore Meredith’s Classes this January and February in Tucson:

We are lucky to have Marilyn, Melody and Meredith as JewelryTools.com instructors this year at the JOGS show from January 29th – Feb. 9th in Tucson, Arizona!

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 NOW with the following promo codes!

Register Today!

See you in Tucson!

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