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Wire Jewelry VISUAL Quick Tips has the answers you need. With detailed color photos and concise instructions, it shows you how to use wirework tools and supplies to make attractive necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings using the hottest techniques: making jump rings, head pins, and eye pins; creating and connecting drops and links; making clasps and ear wires; twisting wire; wrapping within a framework; creating wire chains; using a wire jig; and more.
Chris Franchetti Michaels (Davis, CA) is a writer and jewelry artisan specializing in beaded designs, wirework, and metal fabrication. She has written extensively about jewelry and jewelry making on the Internet since 2003, and she is the author of Teach Yourself Visually Jewelry Making & Beading, Beading Visual Quick Tips, and Wire Jewelry Visual Quick Tips. Chris has also appeared on several episodes of the DIY Network television show Jewelry Making, and her designs have been featured in popular jewelry project books. Visit her website BeadJewelry.net for more help and inspiration.
1 Jewelry Making Wire 2 Types of Jewelry Wire 4 Jewelry Wire Metals 5 Wire Shape 10 Wire Gauge 11 Wire Temper 12 Wire Finishes and Treatments 13 Wire Care 14 2 Wirework Tools 16 Pliers 18 Wire Cutters 22 Hammers 24 Bench Blocks and Bench Pins 26 Mandrels 27 Wire Jigs 28 Wire-Twisting Tools 29 Jeweler s Saw 30 Needle Files 32 Measuring Tools 33 3 Safety, Storage, and Organization 34 Safety Equipment 36 Ergonomics and Comfort 37 Wire Storage 38 Tool Storage 39 4 Basic Wirework 40 Make and Use Jump Rings 42 Hammer Jump Rings 49 Make Head Pins 50 Make Eye Pins 55 Create Wire-and-Bead Drops 59 Create Wire-and-Bead Links 66 Connect Wire-and-Bead Links 70 Make Basic Wire Clasps 74 Make Ear Wires 84 5 More Advanced Techniques 88 Make a Wrapped Briolette Drop 90 Twist Wire 97 Use Coiled Wraps 103 Wrap Beads within a Wire Frame 110 Wrap Beads onto a Wire Frame 123 Make a Wire Finger Ring 125 Weave with the Herringbone Wrap 132 More Advanced Wire Clasps 139 6 Wire Chains 148 Make a Double Jump Ring Chain 150 Make a Double Wrapped Loop Chain 152 Make an S Hook Chain 153 Construct a Double Spiral Chain 154 Weave the Byzantine Chain 158 7 Using a Wire Jig 162 Basic Technique 164 Make Connectors Using a Jig 166 Form Ear Wires Using a Jig 184 Wire Jig Patterns 190 Appendix: References and Resources 194 American Wire Gauge Chart 196 Coils-per-Inch Reference Charts 198 Byzantine Jump Ring Size Chart 200 Millimeter and Inch Conversions 201 Oxidization Methods 202 Polishing Techniques 204 Resources 205 Index 208