Showing posts with label wire. Show all posts
Showing posts with label wire. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

What is on your Jeweler's Bench Wednesday

Getting prepared to make more fibula pins all day tomorrow along with taking photos of a few sets for on ETSY.  I love making these special pieces from square and round wire using copper or brass.  A batch in Sterling Silver also is coming.

simply looped through a flannel pocket today while out and about

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

On the Bench -work hardening wire

When making jewelry from wire especially in creating findings for closures and earwires you need to work harden the wire so it does not give when wearing. This is especially important on jumprings and your closures for as we all know your jewelry can get caught on anything pulling rings open or bending your closures opening it resulting in losing that very expensive and time consuming bracelet or necklace.
*A few steps I take are bending while working (normal designing benefit), hammering and also tumbling.

garden studio April 2013 by Stephanie Distler
Here is my wire corner of the studio showing a loverly bouquet of purchased and found with some electrician wire awaiting to be re-purposed that is hanging. This scrap you can easily find in 10 and 12 gauge while you search and find from other online sources for 'new'.  I mainly use 20, 18, 16,  14, 12 and 10 while always searching the shoppes for copper, sterling silver and brass tubing.
hammers work harden wire beautifully while adding texture and personality to the pieces.   A raw hide mallet , 8th from the bottom, is what jewelry artists use to harden without marking the metal.  These hammers are also part of the collection I use to paint texture on metal printed/stamped work.
I use Dawn dish soap, a dollop in, as you see warm water just covering the pieces being tumbled. 
drying the steel shot after tumbling some Doctor Who pendants for it will rust if let to set in the soap/water in the barrel.  

wire while wrapping becomes workhardened and is also very important on a piece such as this bracelet for the  4 customer found treasures (steel shot) design components are not beads and need to be contained securely in the wire encasing them as well as the jumprings.

16 gauge copper wire created crimp hook and swirl closures which I recently made were design hardened, hammered and tumbled for strength.

Such simple steps to keep all of your hardwork safe and in place.

enjoy, xoxo

Thursday, April 11, 2013

waste not, want not...

Rearranging my studio creating a more practical work space was the objective last week.  The custom orders have been a constant here with the small work space closing in tighter and tighter.   I finally convinced the dh to put a shelf on the one side wall here clearing out inventory in the black jewelry cases, packaging, seed beads and some other 'stuff' allowing me to put the kiln, pmc tools and show tote in a space:

It was not good hitting the kiln with the outside door every time it was opened or having the precious metal clay tools scattered everywhere.

Trying to keep it all organized is interesting, hopefully the addition will come soon!

Friday, February 08, 2013

On the bench- sampler of sizes and types of fibula pins

Using 12, 16 and 20 gauge wire on these ancient designs with a modern twist.  I became intrigued with ancient designs and more utilitarian pieces a few years ago and the tremendous beauty in them as well as use and function.  Amazingly just ordinary everyday wire, that we use to attach and restrain, can be bent, twisted and hammered into the most unique jewelry.
The large pin from 12 gauge wire is not to be used on tight fabric but, is wonderful to attach your loose knit scarves, shawls and sweaters embellishing them.  Next, using 16 gauge wire which here I used copper, brass and tinned copper as a trio set that are thinner and can be used on medium knit pieces. We now are getting down to the smallest in the collection  in where 18 gauge was used to make these much smaller versions.  The smaller style can be used on a tighter yet knit with some having beads to add to the aesthetic.
All of my work are work hardened by bending, hammer and tumbler to with stand years of use.  Oxidation or antiquing adds depth and can be added also to the copper and the sterling silver options.  There are some added from time to time to the shoppe but, is an option you can request for a small fee.

small fibula copper safety pins

fibulas for Jan 2013
in the round 12 fibula pins


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