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Sandra Lupo

Sandra teaches wire techniques in jewelry-making in her home state of New Jersey, conducting classes regularly at the Newark Museum Arts Workshop. She also teaches annually at many Northeast bead festivals. As a Swarovski crystal Ambassador, Sandra...

What does oxidated and anodized mean? Thank you,

Oxidated is really another way of saying oxidized. Oxidized means metals are treated with a chemical that simulated the natural occurrence of oxides...

How do I use wire-wrapping pliers? Thank you.

Wire-wrapping pliers are designed with different sized barrels (4, 6 and 8mm barrels) to allow the wireworker to form coils or rings in many sizes....

Can gold-filled wire be soldered?

Gold-filled wire can be soldered with yellow silver solder or with karat gold solder. Gold-filled wire consists of layers of 12Kt gold over a brass...

Can Zebra wire be polished?

As you create designs with colored copper wire and protected tools such as nylon jaw pliers, the coating should retain its shine. Use a polishing...

I want to make my own bead caps in copper and sterling silver sheet metal using the disc cutters and dapping blocks. What gauge metal do I need?

You can work with a range of sheet gauges in either metal. The disc cutter can cut from 28-gauge to 16-gauge sheet. The dapping block and punches...

I have some copper pieces that I would like to look a bit darker, more antique. What product should I use to do this?

If the pieces are plated, they will most likely not take an antique finish. If the pieces are not plated or coated with a top coat, clean all pieces...

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,

Wiring up the rose cabochon is a great option but the wire may show between the layers of the carved rose cabochon. To keep the face of the cabochon...

Precious Coppery Coin Links

I have a beautiful old clasp that was used for multi (3) strands. How can I adapt this to a 2 strand necklace?

First and foremost, check that the locking mechanism is intact before you plan your design and make any changes to the clasp. With age and use, old...

Jewelry-Making Wire: Non-Precious Metal, Colored and Steel Wires

Jewelry-making expert Sandra Lupo helps us get to know jewelry-making wire in this helpful article. Learn what wire you’ll want to have on hand for all your jewelry creations including non-precious metal, colored and steel wires.

How do I go from 2 strands of beads at the back of a necklace to 1 strand in the front?

In addition to a two-strand clasp to bring the double strands from the back to front, you will need a set of components, such as a two-to-one link or...

Are the value and quality of your gemstones comparable to that in jewelry stores that sell finished products?

Precious gemstones are graded by alphabet letters for the quality of the stone. This grading system is regulated by the American Gem Trade...

I need tips on how to use these pliers.

These wire working pliers work like parallel action pliers--where the jaws open and close parallel and offer even distribution of pressure throughout...

Alexander's Labyrinth Brooch II
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I have seen coins (buffalo nickels) bent to make buttons or jewelry. How is this done?

Coin nickel is made up of copper and nickel. In order to convert a coin like this into a button you must:Anneal with a torchDome with a dapping punch...

I have a caliper and I would like to know how to measure an earring finding for a leverback.

Leverback earring components have 2 hinged wire segments and a ring for attaching a dangle. If you wish to measure the width of the wire part that...

I am looking to make a tiara base--something similar to a headband. Is there a wire that you would suggest I use? I prefer sterling silver, but I am open to other silver-colored options.

Heavier gauges (18, 16 and 14) sterling silver square or round wire would be good for the base of a tiara. A tiara should have a sturdy frame on...

Over time the holes in my ears have stretched. What kind of ear finding is available to hide the large holes in my ears. I think the findings should be lightweight.

Light, flexible Lobe Wonder® patches instantly hide earlobe damage for piercings that are stretched or torn, and help prevent damage to healthy or...

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