Category Archives: Best Practices

Tips on How to Connect the Egyptian Links Once the Individual Links Are Made

I sometimes receive this comment from viewers who watch my YouTube video,  “How to Construct the Egyptian Link”   : “I was able to make the links, but am having difficulty connecting them.” Although I demonstrate how to connect the links in my video, sometimes the … 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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Neutral pH Adhesives versus Elmer’s Glue-All

     I use Elmer’s Glue All primarily in the classroom because my students prefer it over the archival brands. The reason for this is its low odor. When using archival, neutral pH adhesive, students will often complain to me about the glue’s smell. … 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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A Word of Caution: Heating Your Watercolor Paper Jewelry in a Toaster Oven

The primary reason why I heat the jewelry object in a toaster oven is to accelerate the varnishing process and harden the varnished surface to a degree that is not possible to achieve with air drying alone. The toaster oven … Continue reading

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