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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...

What gauge wire is larger, the bigger or smaller the number?- Cathy

In reference to wire-gauge size numbers, the larger the number the smaller the diameter of the wire. 18-gauge wire is twice as thick as...

What kind of wire do you use to make a hoop earring?

For the wire to pass through the ear lobe easily, 22-gauge wire is often best. 20-gauge wire will create a stronger hoop and should also work when...

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

Yes, stripping electrical wiring for the copper wire is a great way to recycle and can be used as a selling point of your jewelry. See the links...

Is nickel used in the making of copper wire for jewelry?

Copper can be alloyed with many different metals. Brass is copper and zinc alloy, bronze is copper and tin alloy and nickel silver is actually a...

Can copper colored aluminum wire be patinated?

Neither aluminum wire nor colored copper wire can be patinated. Metals must be bare for any patina or surface chemicals to be effective.Sterling...

Can you explain how to properly use a mandrel when bending memory wire?

Round-nose pliers or wire-wrapping pliers are the best tools for bending memory wire. You would be required to use your hands when bending the wire...

How do you make jumprings with precious metal wire?

Traditionally, jump rings are formed from wire wound on a sized mandrel and cut with a jeweler's saw frame and blade. Jewelry makers can easily form...

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...

I am working with stainless steel wire, knitting a necklace and bracelet. I notice the wire is really dark. What can I do to clean stainless steel wire and make it brighter and more shiny?

Before weaving, gently clean the wire with water and baking soda or vinegar and rinse with water. Wipe down the wire gently with a microfiber cloth...

I want to make a pearl link necklace. How do I connect each circle? I want the pearls to form a link necklace!

If you're using metal , string the pearls onto a length of wire appropriate for the size circle you are creating, pass the wire ends through the last...

What is the best silver wire to use that will not tarnish over the years? I am going to be decorating some hair combs for a wedding.

We recommend for an application like this. Argentium is a type of sterling silver that contains a small amount of additional alloys, giving it...

Where can I find square wire? I have seen bracelets made with twisted (gold-filled I assume) wire. I know the wire will have to be twisted but it's the square part that has me puzzled.

Square wire comes in both gold-filled and sterling silver styles. The gold-filled and sterling silver precious metal wires are available in 20-, 21-,...

I want to order the memory wire and I would like to know what all those numbers mean. Do you have a paper that can explain this?

The following is an example of a memory wire entry in our online catalog. I'll go over each number within it to clarify the meaning of each value in...

How do I make a bail for a flat briolette using sterling wire?

Briolettes make beautiful charms or pendants when you add a wrapped loop bail. Check out our how-to video.MaterialsAdditional Resources how-to video...

Can you tell me how I purchase wire for wrapping or making rings, etc? There are so many sizes and shapes available.

Here is information on wire that will help get you started:Precious metal wire is used for wire-wrapping, chain-making and other jewelry...

I'm just learning to work with wire. I'm ordering a jig, but have no idea what wire type, gauge, hardness, etc., to use. Can you give me some guidelines please?

Working with a wire jig is a great way to start wireworking. The best way to learn this technique is in a class or with a wireworking book. This way,...

I'd like to make a very small simple wire chain base for a charm bracelet. Can size 30-34 gauge wire work?

30- to 34-gauge wire is very thin and is best suited for woven designs such as knitting and crocheting. A charm bracelet made from wire will need a...

How can I make a small grapevine from wire?

Grapevines can be made using eyepins, headpins, or wire combined with beads of your choice. Use combinations of simple loops, wrapped loops and...

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?

There are companies/refiners that will pay you for your scrap gold-filled metal and wire. Contacting a trusted local jeweler for referrals is...

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