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Holders and Vises

by Judy Ellis, Wire-Sculpture.com

Tool of the Week for September 15, 2014

This week we feature several of our helping hand tools – Holders and Vises!

At the edge of every jewelry makers’ table is a trusty vise. Convenient table vises, handy jump ring opener/holders, or quick clamps. Whatever “third hand” you need to get your wire wrapped jewelry done, we’ve got the helping hand that’s just right for you!

Holders and Vises:

1 Inch Baby Bench Vise with Fixed Base – Clamp Type

Small, mini hobby vise with a table clamp attached. Clamps on the side of your desk or bench

 

360 Degree Ring Mandrel Vise

The perfect tool to free up your hands so you don’t have to hold your ring mandrel, this 360° mandrel vise is perfect for your work desk or bench.

Mandrel not included; click here to discover our most popular & reliable ring mandrel.

 

Hands Free Work Holder

Versatile holder allows hands free use while engraving, doing repairs, etc. The four movable pins allow for secure grip on large and small pieces. Sturdy base and easy adjustment knobs make this a handy workbench aid.

 

Helping Hand Magnifier with 6 1/2 inch Flexible Light

Helping Hand Magnifier with 6 1/2 inch Flexible Light. Heavy Duty Glass Lens. All arms rotate 360 degrees. Excellent tool for Watch Makers, Jewelers, and all Hobbiests!

 

Helping Hand Magnifier with 6 1/2 inch Flexible Light

Helping Hand Magnifier with 6 1/2 inch Flexible Light. Heavy Duty Glass Lens. All arms rotate 360 degrees. Excellent tool for Watch Makers, Jewelers, and all Hobbiests!

 

Pick up your Holders and Vises today and complete your jewelry toolbox!

Happy Wrapping!

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Lindstrom EX Tool Kit

by Judy Ellis, Wire-Sculpture.com

Tool of the Week for September 8, 2014

This week’s Featured Tool is about the LINDSTROM EX KIT- 4PC – PLR-7000EX

Tired of jewelry pliers giving out on you? It’s time to invest in Lindstroms. The premium name in the wire and jewelry industry, Lindstrom tools won’t let you down. Bend, wrap, and tuck wire with ease with your new Lindstrom pliers, and snip those ends with your new favorite Lindstrom cutters.

You’ll be amazed how gentle these tools are on your hands, and you’ll be proud of your investment. Makes a great Christmas or anniversary gift (hint, hint).

Lindstrom Tools:

LINDSTROM EX KIT- 4PC

Made of high chromium steel alloy with light action springs, the 4pc Lindstrom EX Series Kit is precision crafted in Switzerland.

High ergonomic grips distribute proper pressure to hand surface for maximum comfort. Precision screw joints assure long life.

This handy 4 pieces set is packaged in a secure zip pouch and includes one each:

  • EX7490 (Flat)
  • EX7590 (Round)
  • EX7893 (Chain)
  • EX8141 (Sidecutter)

Length of each plier is 5.25 inches.

Pick up your Lindstrom Tools  and complete your jewelry toolbox today!

Happy Wrapping!

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NEW Jumbo Tapered Round Wubbers Pliers

by Judy Ellis, Wire-Sculpture.com

Tool of the Week for September 1, 2014

This week’s Featured Tool is about NEW Jumbo Tapered Round Wubbers PLR-1735

Wire-Sculpture is proud to bring you Wubbers! Using the best materials, Wubbers produces high quality tools that in turn provide quality performance. Whether you’re looking for a flat nose Wubber, round nose or bail making Wubber, Wubbers has what you need. Today we are going to feature one of our newest additions to our line of Wubbers tools. The Jumbo Tapered Round Wubbers.

If you haven’t heard of or used Wubbers before, now is a great time to get started. Take a look at our NEW Tapered Round Wubbers and see a beautiful set of earrings that were created by Sharilyn Miller with them.

NEW Jumbo Tapered Round Wubbers Pliers:

Designed for Wubbers by renowned artist and author Sharilyn Miller, the Jumbo Tapered Round Pliers offer superb versatility for creating loops and curves. Let your imagination soar with the endless design possibilities of the new addition to our Wubbers line!

Length 7.25 inches. Tapers from 20mm to 2mm.

Take a look at this beautiful pair of wire-wrapped earrings created by Sharilyn Miller with the amazing NEW Jumbo Tapered Round Wubbers Pliers

Pick up your Wubbers 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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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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