Category Archives: Tools and supplies

Polishing a Delicate Wire Link Necklace in a Rotary Tumbler

The delicate necklace shown here was so badly tarnished that I decided that the best way to restore its original luster and silver color would be to polish it in a Rotary Tumbler just like I did when I first … Continue reading

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Jewelry Pliers Should Not Mark Up the Wire

I have received many inquiries both in workshops and online regarding how to prevent the pliers, used to shape wire, from leaving marks on the wire’s surface. Viewers have asked about the use of nylon pliers to eliminate this problem, or about the application of … Continue reading

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Using a Jig to Reproduce a Specific Design

One of the most effective ways to reproduce a wire jewelry design that was originally created using free-hand techniques is to construct a wooden jig for that specific design. The jig provides the means to re-create each bend of the wire and … Continue reading

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How to Create the Beautiful Spiral Hoop Necklace with Purple Beads

To create the Spiral Hoop Necklace that you see illustrated in the photograph, I used 20 gauge nickel silver wire. You may also use .035 sterling silver wire, soft, round,  or you may experiment with the many colored wires available … Continue reading

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Are a good set of pliers really worth it?

I’ve gotten a lot of questions about which tools to purchase for wire jewelry-making projects. Some people just want good recommendations, while a few have already purchased poorer quality tools and are disappointed that indentations sometimes appear on the wire that they … Continue reading

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