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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...

All About Jewelry-Making Wire

Who doesn't love one place that gives you all the information you need? If you want to know everything you can about jewelry-making wire, you can find it all right here.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

The Meaning of Metals

If you are curious about what your jewelry says about you then this article is for you. Discover how the materials in a piece of jewelry can carry a message and what it means.

Mandrels for Jewerly-Making

A mandrel is used to shape metal or wire. In this article, learn about the variety of mandrels Fire Mountain Gems and Beads has to fit your jewelry-making needs.

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...

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...

Hearts are Wild: Triple-Strand Necklace and Drop Earrings Featuring Swarovski Crystal Wild Heart Faceted Pendant Drops, Chain and Seed Beads

Go wild with this triple-strand necklace and drop earring set featuring Swarovski's faceted wild heart and heart pendants sure to spike heart rates all over.

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...

What Is a Cabochon? How this Jewelry Component is Made and Used

The shape (KAB-oh-shon) refers to a piece of gemstone (or other material) which has been shaped and polished, instead of faceted. Such stones have a domed front surface and a flat back. The process of creating this shape is called cutting , and...

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...
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