Quality Tools Make a Difference

by Karen on July 9, 2013

I’ve found that using quality tools can really make a difference when it comes to jewelry making. I really like the Wubbers pliers for wirework and making chainmaille. The classic size is very comfortable to hold and I find that my hands don’t get tired out as fast with the large handles and foam grips. This size is rated for 12 guage and smaller wire. The Baby Wubbers are rated for 18 gauge and smaller. Wubbers also has a line of mandrel pliers including triangle, square and oval. You can find more information here http://www.wubbers.com.

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The Best Automatic Center Punch

by Karen on April 26, 2012

Automatic Center Punch from Harbour FreightBased upon the recommendation of Kim St. Jean I recently purchased the Automatic Center Punch with the brass handle from Harbour Freight. I must say, this is one great center punch! It’s rugged and I have found it to punch much easier than other center punches that I own. This is a must have tool on the bench not only for punching a guide hole prior to drilling but also to add unique textures to your metal pieces. You can create a very cool effect punching on the back side of your piece. The result will be dimples on the front of your piece. You can then leave as is, hammer the bumps down or add additional textures. The great news is that the Center Punch is currently on sale at Harbour Freight for only $2.99. What a great deal! Happy punching! :-)

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How to Remove Pink Coating After Pickling When Soldering Brass and Copper

April 18, 2012

The first time I soldered Copper and Brass together I was surprised to find a pink coating on the jewelry after putting the soldered piece in the pickle. I used to use either a brass brush, steel wool, or polishing tool on my Foredom to remove the coating. Of course this would also remove some [...]

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Bench Tips – Sanding Boards

April 2, 2012

I learned this great tip from Tim McCreights “Complete Metalsmith”. In order to organize your sheets of sandpaper and to provide a solid surface for sanding, cut out three pieces of Masonite or Plexiglass 12 inches x 10 inches (or purchase from a hardware store). Mount the sandpaper on the front and back of each [...]

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Protecting Your Fingers While Polishing

January 8, 2012

Polishing small pieces of jewelry with your Dremel or Foredom can be difficult because it is hard to hold on to or gets hot quickly. Green Guard-Tex Alligator Safety Tape designed for the medical industry is a great solution. Simply wrap around your fingers and it will help you to grip the piece and protect [...]

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Great Resource for Metal Stamped Jewelry Making Supplies and Classes

November 13, 2011

I have recently came across Beaducation which is a terrific resource for metal stamped jewelry making supplies and online classes. Many of the classes are free! I have purchased several classes and found them all to be very good and reasonably priced. The line of stamps from Beaducation are also premium quality. Metal stamping is [...]

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Do You Have a Facebook Fan Page?

November 13, 2011

Facebook fan pages are rapidly becoming a great way to reach more people and to share your unique jewelry designs with the world! They are oriented towards a business or service rather than an individual. Once you have created a personal Facebook account you can create your fan page by going to www.facebook.com/page. After you have [...]

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How to Protect Your Metal Jewelry and Chainmaille from Plier Dents and Nicks

November 13, 2011

Pliers have sharp edges and can deface your chainmaille, colored wire, or metal work as you create your masterpieces. There are simple steps that you can take to protect your jewelry from marring to ensure that you have the most professional looking jewelry.  Here are some options: 1) Plain old masking tape 2) Blue painters [...]

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Is It Legal to Use Coins to Make Jewelry?

November 13, 2011

Many people people think that it is illegal to incorporate coins into jewelry making. This is not true. It is illegal to deface US currency if the intent is continue to use it as legal tender after it has been altered. The purpose of the law is to prevent counterfeiting and fraud and does not [...]

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Tip for Making Chainmaille Rings

June 4, 2011

If you use a Jump Ringer to make rings for chainmaille, here is a quick tip that will help to enhance the shine of your masterpieces. Right after I cut the coil I string a piece of thin copper wire through the rings leaving enough room to twist the two ends together. I then toss [...]

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Jewelry Making Ideas – Creative Color Design

June 4, 2011

Are you stuck when it comes to using color creatively to enhance your jewelry designs? The paint store or home improvement center is a great source for discovering new color schemes. Many paint companies will provide cards or brochures with recommended color combinations. They may even provide descriptions regarding the moods created by different colors. [...]

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Have You Seen the Square?

May 12, 2011

This gadget is great if you have an iPhone, Android, or iPad. Just plug it in and your device becomes a credit card scanner! Charges are deposited directly to your bank account. You can even add the tax rate to be automatically calculated. After scanning the credit card, the screen comes up to capture your [...]

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