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New Product: Padded Work Mat

by Judy Ellis, Wire-Sculpture.com

Tool of the Week for April 14, 2014

This week’s New Product is the 20 x 15 Inch Padded Work Mat – MAT-620.00

How many of you use a work mat in either your beading or wire wrapping? A work mat is one of those “essential” work bench helpers. They keep your beads and small items from rolling onto the floor, and come in all shapes, sizes an textures. Today I want to introduce you to the newest addition to our tools.  Take a look – I think you will love it!

NEW PRODUCT:

20 x 15 Inch Padded Work Mat

  • This sturdy, durable padded work mat has a non-skid backing for a clear, level and comfortable work surface.
  • Handy ruler at bottom makes measuring quick and convenient while working on projects.
  • Nice, large size to accommodate tools and accessories.
  • Measures 20″ x 15″.
  • Price: $9.95

If you are a wire wrapper or a beader, you know that work mats are a must and this is a great option for anyone who measures and cuts wire frequently due to  the handy ruler at the bottom!   If you are working on your spring projects, this would be a great addition to your workbench. I’ve also suggested a few other items that might help you “get organized” as you begin moving into the busy summer season!

Wire-Wrapping/Beading Work station

  • Two shelf organizer for tools, beading string, wire, etc.
  • Lower shelf has an attached ruler for quick measurements while the top shelf has 10 hooks underneath for hanging cord, or wire.
  • The dowels on top hold pliers, cutters, scissors, tweezers, shears, and much more.
  • This station is made entirely of wood. Takes just 1 screwdriver and 10 minutes to assemble. 22 L x 6 3/4 W x 15 H (When Fully Assembled)

Black Zippered Tool Case – Large

  • Great for storing all of your cutters and pliers with space for at least 6 pairs of tools.
  • Additional spaces for smaller tools and accessories.

24 Compartment Professional Beaders Organizer

  • 24 Compartment Professional Beaders Organizer.
  • Easy to pull beads from the curved bottom. – measures 15 inches x 9.2 inches x 2 inches ,heavy duty plastic.

If you’re just getting started in the world of jewelry,  CLICK HERE for a great article on our blog that might help give you some helpful hints on setting up “your” space, and now that you’ve got your tools and your workspace set up -  don’t’ forget the WIRE!

Happy Wrapping!

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Organize Your Jewelry Box

by Judy Ellis, Wire-Sculpture.com

 

Tip for March 10, 2014

Organize Your Jewelry Box

If you are like most folks across America, your jewelry box is most likely cluttered and unorganized.  However, getting it organized is easier than you might think.  It is also very important.

Storing jewelry properly will help ensure it will last for generations to come.  The right organization will also allow you to see your jewelry so you can wear it more regularly.  Here are some simple tips to getting your jewelry box worthy of the jewels you put in it:

SIMPLE TIPS TO MAKE OVER YOUR JEWELRY BOX

Jewelry Box

Don’t jumble your jewelry:

  • Always store your jewelry in a clean, dry place.
  • Keep your jewelry in a fabric-lined jewelry case, or in a box with numerous compartments and dividers. Find Jewelry Trays HERE!
  • If you prefer to use ordinary boxes, wrap each piece individually in soft tissue paper. This keeps your jewelry untangled and will help keep it from tarnishing. Find Polishing Cloths HERE!
  • The problem with a lot of jewelry boxes is that they don’t have enough compartments and that causes your jewelry to get jumbled together. Look for a style with many little compartments over the styles that have a few larger sections.

Separate your everyday jewelry:

  • Jewelry that is worn often can be placed it in a smaller jewelry box or in jewelry trays. Find MORE Storage Boxes HERE!
  • Find a box or tray that can be kept accessible.
  • Find one that matches your style so it can be left on top of a dresser.  Many women don’t wear their beautiful pieces of jewelry because they overlook them or accessing them is difficult.  Keeping jewelry accessible will help you find what you need and remind you of what you have.
  • Keep in mind however, that a secure safe is still your best bet for your irreplaceable gems.

Hang them up:

  • There are a variety of organizers that have a hanger like hook with numerous clear pouches.  Those styles are a great way to keep your earrings separate and visible.
  • Place one pair of earrings in each pouch to ensure that the posts will not scratch the other earrings. Find Storage Pouches HERE!
  • Hang them on the back of your closet door or even hanging in your closet.

Implementing these simple tips will makeover your jewelry box and ensures you will be able to enjoy your jewelry for years to come.

Happy Spring!

This article was shared courtesy of Jewelry Information Center - www.jic.org

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by Narlene Allen, Wire-Sculpture.com

Tool of the Week for October 28, 2013

This week’s tool: Easy Out Compartment Tray, 24 Compartments # PKG-314.00

Demonstration by Kate, JewelryTools.com

This week’s featured tool from JewelryTools.com is the Easy Out Compartment Tray # PKG-314.00

We are so excited about these trays with ‘Easy Out’ feature because there is nothing like it in the industry!

The front edge of each compartment is rounded so beads, stones or findings can be retrieved easily.

Each tray features a slide lid which cannot flip open if dropped. Excellent trays for anything you want to store.

This features 24 compartments, sized 1-1/8″ x 1-3/16″ x 5/8″. Tray size: 5″ x 7-3/4″ x 7/8″.

 

 

 

Click below to see this Easy Out Compartment Tray with 24 compartments #PKG-314.00 available on JewelryTools.com:

Compartment Tray

Other related items that you might find helpful.

Round Compartment Tray, 20 Extra Deep Compartments #TRA-177.00

Round Compartment Tray

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by Narlene Allen, Wire-Sculpture.com

Wire Jewelry Tip of the Day for October 2, 2013

How to Set Up Your Workspace

Many of you have expressed interest in getting started with your own wire-wrapping projects, but you’re not quite sure how to get started.  Today I thought we would take a few minutes and talk about the first step, How to set up your workspace and some of the tools that you might find useful.

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Thinking about these things first, can save a lot of time and aggravation, as well as help you develop good habits; organizing both yourself and your materials and hopefully being able to remain organized as your talents grow.Plus, by pre-thinking your options you can also get an idea of whether or not you have something on hand you can utilize, or if you may have to purchase an item.

First of all: sit down with a pen and tablet and list just what you are going to need, as well as the things you need to plan for.

Here are a few questions to ask yourself as you begin your new journey into the exciting world of wire-wrapped jewelry.

Q. What area can be designated as a workspace?

Probably the most important thing you need is a space where you can work and store your materials. An extra room in the house would be ideal, but you may not have that option. A few key needs:

  • A space can you leave everything without worrying about it.
  • A flat work surface
  • Some type of storage container.
  • Electricity is a must, so having a handy outlet nearby is important too.

Q. What basics am I going to need?

Answer:

  • Space & Work Surface: An area that gives you at least 6 to 8 feet will do for starters. Having a space that includes a blank area of wall would be great.
    • Maybe you have an old, unused desk that you could relocate to this area. No desk? How about an old wooden door?
    • Or, two half-size file cabinets. File cabinets give you lots of storage space and provide support for a door or table.
    • A folding table or hard surface table will also work for your first workspace.
  • Chair: A good, comfortable chair is a definite must! One with rollers is a plus, and it has to be comfortable because you are going to spend a lot of time sitting in it while working. Take your time and sit in each before making the decision on which is the most comfortable for you.
  • Flooring: Now if you have carpet on your floor, give some serious thought about obtaining some type of rubber mat to go under your work area. Why? Mainly for protection against loose pieces of wire that somehow always manage to find their way to the floor. Also, you are working with gemstones or cameos and having a mat gives a cushion against damage if you accidentally drop anything.
  • Lighting: Yes, good lighting is a definite must! Of course natural light is wonderful, but the sun doesn’t always cooperate. Overhead fluorescent lighting is fine, if it doesn’t put you in your own shadow.
    • Two of those arm-type lamps, one clamped on each side of your table, will give you plenty of illumination.
    • You might also want a helping hand with a built in magnifier to assist with your projects.

      Helping Hand with Magnifier

      Helping Hand with Magnifier

  • Optional, work surface on your work surface: A protective mat on your working surface can be invaluable. Now this can be whatever you like; some folks use a folded hand towel, others purchase a ‘beaders mat’ a One suggestion might be a woven rubber, shelf liner cut the whole width of your working area. This stuff is great because beads and stones don’t bounce around on it, wires don’t fly off to the floor and everything stays put. Plus, as it can be cut it to any size desired, or even cut into squares to take with you when I travel to shows.
  • Storage: You will need some type of storage system to organize and keep all of your supplies.
    • A suggestion might be a small plastic, roll-away unit with drawers used to store Christmas ornaments. Jump rings and findings are easily kept in plastic organizers within the units’ drawers, as well as directions and tools. This type of storage unit is great when you are starting out and only need a few supplies, and it can easily be moved anywhere.
    • As mentioned above, other people have found storage opportunities by utilizing previously unused furniture like a desk or hutch already in their home.  A beader friend uses lots of empty prescription bottles that she has all of us save for her.

      Bead and Gemstone Containers

      Bead and Gemstone Containers

    • Those filing cabinets come in handy! Your wire  can be sorted out into hanging file folders and labeled by size and gauge in one cabinet and plastic storage cases full of beads and findings  on the other side, in the second cabinet.  You can label the pull out drawers as to what is inside them, like cabochons, beads and findings.

      Designer One-of-a-kind Cabochons

      Designer One-of-a-kind Cabochons

  • Music and/or television: Of course we all have our own different types of ‘music to work by’. Whether you have a small, portable CD player/radio combination or an MP3 player, you will probably enjoy being able to go into your own creative zone by listening to your favorite music while you work.
    • Some people like having a small television too, as they watch instructional DVDs while working on projects that are new to them.

      Complete Jump Start DVD Series

      Complete Jump Start DVD Series

Q: What do I do next?

Answer: Jump right in!

Hopefully, these basic ideas will help you begin planning and then setting up “YOUR” own personal workspace. Items can be added as you need them, such as a vise that can be mounted on one side of your work surface for working with long strands of wire, or holding your ring mandrel, additional tool kits, rotary tools, unique pliers or torches  can also be added as you expand your skills.  You might need a battery charger for your wire twister , or  a  spot for your  self contained  workstation, not to mention a plastic container or two for your beads or wire scraps.

Automatic Wire Twister

Automatic Wire Twister

 

Everything has its own spot, and as you work you will establish what works best for you, to really personalize ‘your’  jewelry-making space.   Good luck – and happy wrapping!

Final Wrap Up:

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Daily Wire Tip Oct. 19: Storing Jewelry Making Wire

Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip for
October 19, 2011

Question:

Dale, I’m fairly new to this wire wrapping thing but I’m loving it…I wonder how you (and others) store their wire so you can find a particular gauge and if it’s half round, round or square without having to hunt and study ends with a magnifier? Thanks for any help!

-Bonnie in San Manuel, Arizona

Answer:

Hi Bonnie, welcome to our “twisted” world! As a “newbie”, when situations come up, you can find a lot of answers to your questions right here on our blog! Yes, I know that there is so much information on here, that it can be difficult to find things, but when you have time you can explore each of the categories in the left menu, especially Free Wire Jewelry Videos!

Separating and storing jewelry making wire can be done in several different ways. A while back, faculty member Sherrie Lingerfelt made a video showing some ideas titled Organizing ALL of your Jewelry Wire! that may help. We also had a great discussion in May, Organizing Jewelry Wire where lots of our fellow wire artists shared their favorite storing and labeling methods in the comments section. I hope you find a technique that works for you!

Binder full of jewelry wire
One method is to use a large binder with clear sheet protectors, great for when you have limited space (like the dining room table). You can find packs of binder sheet protectors at office supply stores. Rose is a school supplies junkie and stored her coiled wire (with the original bag & label) in this binder when she started wire wrapping, and still uses it for frequently-used-wire. Just don’t drop the binder!

Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong

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