Wire + Metal: 30 Easy Metalsmithing Designs

Wire + Metal: 30 Easy Metalsmithing Designs

Denise Peck, Jane Dickerson

Language: English

Pages: 144

ISBN: 1620331403

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Easy-to-do techniques at the comfort of your kitchen table!

Authors Denise Peck and Jane Dickerson introduce simple wire- and metalworking techniques that have big impact. Working with precut metal blanks and thin gauge sheet, as well as with inexpensive and readily available tools, you can produce results similar to much more complex metalsmithing techniques.

Explore lashing, stitching, simple weaving, coils, spirals, twisted wire, and incorporating beads with wire. You'll be exposed to metal pieces being hole-punched, dapped, hammered, textured, colorized, and patinated. This book features thirty step-by-step projects that require only basic jewelry-making skills, but will result in stunning contemporary jewelry. Wire + Metal covers a wide range of styles that will appeal to beginner to advanced jewelry makers.

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Applying the image, carefully repunch it now from the back of the piece. 12. Cut 8" (20.5 cm) of copper wire. Make a 90° bend 11⁄2" (3.8 cm) from one end of the wire with chain-nose pliers, then using round-nose pliers begin a wrapped loop. Slip the loop into the hole at the top of the pendant and wrap the loop closed. 13. Make another 90° bend about 1⁄4" (6 mm) from the first loop, and make another wrapped loop, wrapping the remaining length of the wire around the 1⁄4" (6 mm) space between the.

Make sure the beaded portion of the head pin is flush against the barrel of the pliers, then bend the head pin over the pliers to create the ear wire. Make sure the ear wires are identical, adjusting as necessary, and making sure each earring hangs at the same length. 14. Oxidize the earrings with liver of sulfur and tumble to polish. Resources Copper sheet and wire: monsterslayer.com. Eyelets: riogrande.com. Coins: joelscoins.com. Amber beads: firemountaingems.com. Czech beads:.

Needed. 4. Determine the current ring size while it is sitting on the mandrel. If the size needs to be adjusted, squeeze or stretch the gap in the wire to manipulate it to the desired size. There should be a 3–6 mm gap between the two wire ends. If the ring is too large, use metal shears to trim the wire and reshape it. If it is too small, pound the wire with a rawhide mallet while it is still on the ring mandrel or make the gap in the ring slightly larger by pushing the ring down onto a larger.

6–8" (15–20.5 cm) of 16-gauge silver-filled or sterling wire 8" (20.5 cm) of 22-gauge sterling wire 6 sterling 3mm faceted cube beads 15" (38 cm) of sterling 4mm oval link chain 2 sterling 6mm jump rings Sterling lobster clasp Tools Fine-point Sharpie marker Ruler Metal shears Metal file Sanding sponge Painter’s tape Brass texture sheet Utility ball-peen hammer Steel bench block Butane micro torch Annealing pan with pumice stone Fireproof work surface (cookie sheet) Utility.

Metal shears, cut a 3" × 1⁄2" (7.5 × 1.3 cm) strip of copper sheet. If the metal curls as you cut it, use the nylon mallet to gently hammer it flat. Measure and cut the strip into two 11⁄2" (3.8 cm) pieces, or plates. 2. With the metal file and sanding sponge, remove any sharp edges on the copper plates. Texture or stamp a word onto each plate with the alphabet stamps and brass mallet or utility hammer (see To Texture with Hammers and To Texture with Stamps). 3. Use a ruler and Sharpie to mark.

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