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Topics: Wire, Pliers, Jumprings

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I've been having an extremely frustrating time trying to get jump rings cut using the coil cutting pliers. I'm using 20 gauge, silver coated copper. The coil I'm cutting is 4mmOD and I'm using a 2/0 blade to cut (I've tried 1/0 as well because I keep having difficulty). There is an immense amount of resistance from the moment I start trying to saw through the coil. What starts to happen is the coil starts to pull apart as I'm sawing which leaves gnarled jump rings and only causes more snagging until the coil is eventually completely unusable.

So far, I've tried making sure the coil is rolled tight to begin with (no space between one ring and the next), have made sure I've got a good grip on the plier handles (no limp wristing) and I've played with various saw strokes from short and fast to longer and slower, to shorter and slower. I think I've tried a good 20 times or so to this point and am completely at a loss.

Is it the wire I'm using? Do I need to beeswax the blades maybe? It's gotten to the point where it's so discouraging I've gone back to simply cutting rings with my Tronex flush cutters. The whole point of getting the coil cutting pliers was to make the whole thing faster any easier. Any insights would be incredibly helpful as I do quite a volume of chain maille jewelry and this tool could be indispensable if I could just get it to play nicely. Thanks!
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Topics: Clasp, Magnetic, Triple Strand

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How do I attach 3 strands of 28 ga. wire to an extra strong magnetic clasp of yours?
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Topics: Findings, Hair Combs

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I'm interested in making some decorative hair combs, but I would actually like to make my own hair comb out of wire. I've been looking everywhere for instructions, and can't seem to find any. Do you know of a pattern that is available for making the actual comb?
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Topics: Wire, Aluminum, Cutting

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How do I cut soft aluminum wire (16 ga) to get a crisp cut? When I use my wire cutters, the ends get that squashed look, like when I cut cookie dough.
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Topics: Wire, Work-harden

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We make silverware jewelry. We like to use gemstones in the center of our bracelets. After wearing for awhile, the wire breaks. I have tried different wire, etc. but have not solved the problem. We use the half hard 24 gauge sterling. Another jeweler suggested we try using virgin silver wire and then tumbling our pieces to work-harden. How do you tumble the finished product without damaging the stones? I cannot figure out a way to tumble the piece without the stone set. Is there a product to cover and protect the stones, etc while polishing?

Also, I have tried a few different methods trying to get a gloss on polished gemstones when they are not premium grade. Is there a product that we can use on a Ruby to add luster which will harden and not damage the stone? The last one I tried I thought was the answer, however, after a few weeks the surface seem to soften. Thanks,
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Topics: Wire, Work Harden

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I am trying to use argentium wire for wire wrapping--I cannot straighten it--it has a mind of its own--should I anneal it?
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Topics: Wire, Work Harden

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I like to make my own earwires and findings from sterling wire. I've heard of tumbling them to harden them, but is this necessary? If so, how do I go about doing that? What equipment do I need to strengthen sterling findings (without changing their texture)? Thank you!
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Topics: Wire, Oxidizing

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I would like to wirewrap gemstone rondelles and link them together to form a gemstone chain. I would like to use liver of sulfur to oxidize the chain. Is it safer to oxidize the wire before or after wirewrapping the gemstones beads into the chain?
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Topics: Wire, Crochet

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How should I finish off a crocheted wire necklace with 3 strands or more? I have seen instructions to glue the wires, but I have more than 3 wires so it is heavy. Please let me know what to do and what to use.
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Topics: Wire, Sterling silver-filled, Solder

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First, how can I solder silver-filled pieces onto copper or brass without the alloys in the silver-filled showing? And for this reason, I'm assuming silver-filled CANNOT be annealed? Second, do some metals take longer to anneal than others? I'm new to jewelry making and will be working with copper, brass, and sterling silver. Thank you for your time.
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Topics: Wire, Precious Metal

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How many feet are in a troy ounce of 22 gauge sterling silver wire? 24 gauge? 20 gauge?
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Topics: Metal, Refining and Recycling Scrap

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I do wire work with mostly sterling silver and 14k gold-filled wire. My silver scraps I send to a local artist who works with silver but what can I do with my gold-filled scraps?
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Topics: Wire, Oxidizing

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Can the Wrap-it® Wire in jeweler's bronze be oxidized? Since its mainly copper, will liver of sulfur work to give it a patina?
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Topics: Tools, Memory Wire, Cutters

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What can I use to cut memory wire with other than memory wire shears?
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Topics: Tools, Wire Twister

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My wire keeps breaking when I am using my wire twister tool. Some times the wire breaks off in the twister and other times the folded end will break in the vice. This can happen after only a few twists. How can I keep my wire from breaking?
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Topics: Jewelry Art Supplies, Paper Clips

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My daughter received a teen book on making jewelry with paper clips. Can I use the silver- and gold-colored paper clip wire in making my jewelry? What (if any) are the inherent problems with using this wire?
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Topics: Wire, Copper

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Can you use copper wire from electrical wiring to make rings and other jewelry?
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Topics: Wire

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What is the difference between German Craft Wire and Artistic Craft Wire and which is better?
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Topics: Wire, Steel

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I was surfing through a tool catalog and saw some rust- and corrosion-resistant 20 gauge x 25 foot mechanics wire with a 40 lb. maximum load capacity. It is Zinc-plated steel wire. I suppose the best question is..is it usable for jewelry and, if so, what about allergies. Thanks so much for your help.
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Topics: Cabochon, Setting

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I have a pretty rose cabochon with petals that can't be set in a bezel. Should I wire wrap it - if so, how do I do this? Thank you,
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