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Mandrels

A mandrel is a metalsmithing tool used to size and shape many types of metal and wire. Mandrels are typically used with a vise and a hammer or mallet to properly shape metal for jewelry making. Mandrels come in all different shapes, sizes and...

Hammer Time

Christine A flattening hammer is a large, stationary hammer used for quickly making metal perfectly flat. Factory-made flattening hammers have two disc-shaped, flat steel plates: one stationary and one attached to a spring-loaded shaft. To use them,...

Selecting the Right Bead Reamer

It's been said that a good can be your best friend. An essential tool for jewelry designers, a bead reamer is a pointed, round file that is used to either smooth the edges of the drill-hole in a bead, or to enlarge or straighten the hole itself. A...

The Importance of Daylight Lamps

The most popular lighting for artists throughout history has been the cool mid-morning northern light. This is the light that fills Vermeer's tiny treasures, Renoir's portraits and Raphael's frescos. These artists created in the very best light--the...

Beginner's Guide to Loomwork - Part 2: Basic Terms, Tools and Materials

Now that you've selected a loom, let's talk about the tools and materials you'll need to do some bead weaving with it. But before we do that, here's a review of some basic loomwork terms. Thankfully, because the looms we are dealing with are basic,...

Accurate Measuring in Jewelry-Making

There are three main cutters used in metalworking: , and . Flush-cutters are widely used for wireworking projects. This type of cutter will provide a flush or blunt cut exactly where you've made your mark and with little pinch to the wire. You...

Wubbers® Pliers - Serious Jewelry Tools with a Sassy Name

Do you remember the saying: build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door? With Wubbers, Patti Bullard has invented a better set of pliers that jewelry makers are beating a path to, well, not her door, but to Fire Mountain...

Soldering Savvy

Permit me a moment of political incorrectness: soldering is what separates the men from the boys. Man or woman, it's the thing that takes you into a whole new world as a metals artist. Soldering will take you on amazing journeys in three dimensional...

7 Ways to Organize

Just like designers create pieces with individual style, their organization needs to be individual, too. While jewelry makers can get started with canning jars and zip-top baggies, a growing collection of beads and jewelry-making components needs to...

Polymer Clay Tools

Polymer clay is a very versatile medium to design with. It is great for sculpture, caning, carving and stamping, among many other things. Working with this material requires tools--and what is more fun than tools? Well, working with polymer itself,...

How to Use a Bead Board

Have you ever wished there was a way to lay out designs and fiddle around with them before committing to stringing? Have you ever strung a design only to realize you forgot a bead in your pattern? Have you ever wondered how multi-strand jewelry has...

Cold Connections

- Amazingly tiny but mighty and finely engineered screws, washers and nuts in brass and in silver and copper finishes. - These guys are essential when making holes in the materials to be joined as they create holes which allow the passage of the...

Bead Storage Solutions™

was designed for beaders and jewelry makers by a beader and jewelry maker: Elizabeth Ward, President of Elizabeth Ward and Company, LLC. These convenient storage trays and bins keep you organized while giving you access to your material. Here's...

Easy on the Eyes--Tips to Improve Your Work Area

Whether you bead at the kitchen table or have a totally decked-out jewelry design studio, one of the most important factors affecting the results of your jewelry-making sessions is your ability to comfortably see the design you're working on. Face...

A Guide to Jewelry-Making Hand Tools

What are the best pliers for jewelry making? What are jewelry pliers used for? Our guide answers questions like these by showing you the most commonly used hand tools for jewelry-making, the work they are designed to do and tips on when to use each...

Ergonomics for Beaders

- equipment and practices designed for the human body to prevent injury as well as optimize well-being and performance. As those of us who often get lost in our work sometimes come to realize: beading for long periods of time can cause pain. This...

Non-Marring Wire-Wrapping Pliers

There are many specifically designed wireworking pliers available to jewelry artists. The most recent pliers to come across my workbench seem to have been developed by engineers who read the questions received at Ask the Experts, namely, "these...

Wirework 101: Getting in Shape

Typically in a beginning earring-making class you are told that wireworking to form ear hooks and dangles includes making angles and circles. You are introduced to two tools that will make these shapes, namely round-nose and chain-nose pliers. You...

Hammers

There is a lot of thought that goes into the construction of a hammer--the weight and shape of the head, the shape and surface of the face, the length and shape of the handle, the material the head and handle are made from as well as the way they...

Everything You Need to Know About Jeweler's Saws

Create uniquely shaped components for your jewelry creations by sawing metal sheet. Just follow these tips and tricks to use a jeweler's saw and get the design you want. Jewelry-making starts with the right tools and no jeweler's bench is complete...
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