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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...

Crochet with Wire

Here is a formula to help break down the decisions needed when starting a wire crochet jewelry design: worked with smaller steel hooks that are labeled by number rather than letters. The variety of gauges for wire crochet is wide and your choice...

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...

Work Hardening Metal

Metal has the ability to be either rigid (also known as hard or full-hard) or malleable (also known as soft, dead-soft or fully annealed). There are levels of hardness between dead-soft and full-hard; this can be controlled to suit your design...

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

Wire is a staple ingredient for metalsmiths and most jewelry designers. And whether it's used in a small supporting role or as the star, having a variety of wire on hand will ensure you are prepared for whichever stage direction you are given from...

The Talk about Tools

Keep a WD-40® pen handy and use as a light lubricant for the joints of your tools when they are not moving smoothly. If your tools will sit idle while you are on vacation, or you live in a humid climate, apply a heavier 3-in-1 type oil (found at...

Beadalon® Tools: Banding Pliers and Improved Coiling Gizmo®

Welcome improvements were made to the bracket and clamping system as well as to the variety of crank rod diameters. The crank rods can generate from thin, delicate coils for teeny-tiny beads to heavier coils for sturdy jumprings. The rods now...

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...

Famous Coils of our Time

From ancient armlets to amulets, wire coils have found their rightful place as a design element in metal jewelry. Early high-karat gold coils served as finger rings and funerary items for the likes of Queen Pu-abi of Ur (C. 2500 BC). Chinese tribal...

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...

Sterling Silver-Filled Wire and Findings Performance Results

are a high-quality precious-metal alternative that gives designers great results in their finished jewelry, as well as offers a tremendous value. Sterling silver-filled wire is available in all three tempers: dead-soft, half-hard and full-hard, and...

All About Jewelry-Making Wire

Wire is an integral component to jewelry. Whether you're wire-wrapping, creating coils, weaving or any other technique, the right wire choice will make your life easier. But, how do you know which wire to choose? In this article, learn about how...

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...

The Meaning of Metals

The materials in a piece of jewelry carry a message with them: socially, culturally and metaphysically. Does your jewelry say what it means, and mean what it says? In addition, Art Clay® gold clay is created from 22Kt gold powder. Mold it, shape it...

Thread, Cord and Wire Information

There are a lot of stringing materials out there. How do you know which beading thread, cord or wire to use for your jewelry-making projects? Learn what the best stringing supplies are made with and their intended uses to help ensure you're getting...

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...
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