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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...

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 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...

How do you make jump rings 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...

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...

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...

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...

How do I choose which stringing material to use: beading wire, nylon thread or elastic cords? What size do I use?

Your stringing material choice depends entirely on what type of beads and component you want to use in your design. Heavier components, as well as...

I bought some metal beads that go onto the ends of memory wire. The hole doesn't go all the way through. How do I keep that end bead on the memory wire?

The memory wire ends are designed to be glued to the memory wire which makes a clean and professional finish.We have a free how-to on how to use...

Is there an increased demand for wire and chainmaille jewelry? I have noticed articles and magazines catering to wire and jumpring/chainmaille jewelry a lot lately.

Yes, you are absolutely right. Wire and chainmaille designs are hot, showing up in fashion, magazines, articles and classes across the...

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...

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...

Could you direct me to an article that would tell me what kind of silver wire I should use with any project? Also, what each of the types of wires mean?

An excellent resource for wire information is chart. This resource describes the wires as well as the wire types, and offers information on what the...

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...

Which wire is best for people who have allergies to nickel? Also, which wires hold up the best with wear and tear?

Karat gold, sterling silver, gold-filled, stainless steel, niobium and titanium wires are best for persons with allergic reactions to nickel. Plated...

Is there an easy way to hold wires together when wire-wrapping? Could I use large crimp beads as a holder?

Many wire-wrapping artists use small strips of masking tape to keep multiple square wires together and in line when forming a wire-wrapped bezel...

I've seen memory wire used for every type of jewelry and wine-glass charms, what else can you do with memory wire?

String an assortment of your favorite gemstone or glass beads onto several coils of ring-size . Make a tight loop on each end using round-nose pliers...

Do you have any easy instructions for making loop earring findings?

For making your own earwires, I would recommend using a so the shape is easily repeatable and all earwires match. Instructions are included with...

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