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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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Jewelry Polishing Kit

by Judy Ellis, Wire-Sculpture.com

Tool of the Week for August 11, 2014

This week’s Featured Tool is the Jewlery Polishing Kit

Get that smooth polished “tumbler finish” on your silver jewelry, stones, gemstones and more with our rock and gemstone polishing jewelry tumblers. These jewelry tumblers are ideal for home jewelers, rock collectors, children or grandchildren who like to discover and polish stones.

Today I thought we’d revisit what a Tumbler does and some of its functions. We get a lot of questions about how and when to use a tumbler, so I’ve grabbed a few suggestions from another Tip on our Blog and I thought I’d share them with you.

What is a Tumbler?

There are two types of tumblers available: a rotating tumbler and a vibratory tumbler. They each serve a basic need for anyone working with rough stones that want to achieve a more finished product for use in their jewelry creations.

Tumbler Model 45C

Lortone Rotary Tumbler for Jewelry or Rocks

In a rotating tumbler, you have a rubber drum or barrel that is filled with different levels of polishing medium, water and the stones that you want to “tumble”. In this case, the rocks continuously fall over each other, polishing slowly, much in the same way tumbling waves from the ocean polish sea glass and stones.

And, like the action of the waves, it takes a lot of time to polish stones from the rough to a highly polished stage. It is not unusual to take two weeks to a month or more to tumble a batch of stones to the desired finish.

The advantage of using a rotating tumbler is the fact that it will reshape natural rough material, reducing and rounding any angular points on the material.

The vibrating tumblers don’t actually “tumble” but rather they agitate side to side at a high rate, creating a moving action that carries the polish over and between the stones in it.

When to use a Tumbler:

So how does this work for your jewelry? And what do you have to use to achieve the results you want? By tumbling your jewelry, three things are accomplished.:

  • First, it cleans your work, removing dirt and any oils that have accumulated on your stones and/or wire.
  • Second, it is lightly polishing the metal in your pieces by using stainless steel shot that will burnish, or polish the metal.
  • And third, by leaving the piece in the tumbler long enough, the metal or wire becomes what is referred to as “work-hardened”. (I believe this last step applies mostly to those of you who work in dead soft wire and need this added step to harden the wire.)

What’s included in our Jewelry Polishing Kit?

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.

Jewlery Polishing Kit
Measurements are 5.75 x 9.5″ and weighs 5 lb. The Lortone 3A Barrel measures 4 3/4″ tall, with a 4 1/2″ diameter (approx 12cm by 11.5cm).Kit includes the following items:

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

Happy Wrapping!

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Jump Start Beginners Classes on DVD

by Judy Ellis, Wire-Sculpture.com

Wire Jewelry Tip for August 1, 2014

Beginer Classes on DVD

Are you a beginner and have thought about purchasing one of our DVD Series, but don’t know where to start? Why not start at the very beginning with…

All 6 Jump Start Beginner Classes on DVD

Read more below to find out what you’ll be making in each of the 6 classes:

Lesson 1 – Component Fun

component fun

When you have a solid grasp of wire jewelry components, you’ll be completely unstoppable as a jewelry designer! From wrapped loops to component links to making your own clasps and ear wires, these techniques will be great tools to tackle any wire jewelry pattern, plus, they’ll lay the foundation for your own inspired wire jewelry creations!

Lesson 2 – Basic Bracelet Cuff

Bracelet

As taught, this bracelet cuff is lovely as a feminine bracelet – but once you’ve mastered this technique, you can create a myriad of variations and use the principles to create beautiful, versatile wire jewelry pieces for a wide range of uses!

Lesson 3 – Lock That Rock!

pendant

Round stones and shapes, like marbles and freeform crystals, are among the hardest items to wrap in wire-which is why Dale ‘Cougar’ Armstrong is teaching them! This video will prepare you for professional wire wrapping in this class to make a pendant, complete with a finished bail, from your item!

Lesson 4 – Basic Pendant Frame

pendant

Wrapping an oval cabochon or cameo is a technique Dale “Cougar” Armstrong has become well-known for; it’s a technique she teaches in classes across the country in person, and now she’s ready to teach you this fine technique in the comfort of your own home! All you’ll need is wire, jewelry pliers, tape, markers, and a ruler to execute this timeless design – oh, and of course, a cabochon or cameo!

Lesson 5 – Leaf Link Component

component

Like Lesson 1, this class builds on components – specifically, the Leaf Link component. Dale shows several examples of the leaf link component in action, including a bracelet, ring, and chain. This design could be a leaf, an evil eye, or even a hidden leaf – as many uses as you can think of, this link will meet them all!

Lesson 6 – Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow Pendant

pendant

“This is a very pretty and delicate pendant. These pendants should be a good seller at your shows! They’re quick and easy to make, sparkly, and pretty.’ – Dale ‘Cougar’ Armstrong

Total DVD run time is 4:49:09. This DVD series does not have subtitles at this time, but does come with complete follow-up instructions.

If you want to purchase this beginner series, CLICK HERE to get it today!

Happy Wrapping!

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