Archive for August, 2007

Do You Have a Round Nose?

Friday, August 31st, 2007

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If not, after you ‘ve seen this beautiful portrait, you will rush right out to get one!  But not to worry–no plastic surgeon needed.  You can have the most attractive round nose of all your friends and it won’t cause you any pain!  It’s the Wubbers Round Nose Plier.

Kind to your hands, the grips are comfortable.  And, like the Narrow Flat Nose, the handles are long, providing leverage.  (Wubbers has a whole selection of noses–did you know that you can personally own MORE than one nose?!?  They are guaranteed not to run, too!).

These pliers are great for heavy or fine gauge wire.  I use them to curve and bend 12-gauge dead soft sterling silver when working on like making sterling silver hearts (tutorial coming soon!) or the charms for a cha-cha bracelet.  I also use them to wrap beads and work the finer wires.  Even though the tip is small enough to wrap tiny loops, the jaws won’t distort or move out of alignment when working with heavy wire.

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There’s a lot to WUB!

Thursday, August 30th, 2007

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I am so excited about our own line of pliers named Wubbers.  The name was born from the initials of Wired Up Beads.  We all have already had a ton of fun with the new Wubbers name, designing the packaging, and planning the marketing.

While I don’t know what I would do without each and every pair of my Wubbers, I have to say that I am a bit partial to the Narrow Flat Nose set (don’t tell all the other Wubbers–it might hurt their feelings!).

The Narrow Flat Nose are especially great for working with jump rings.  I keep two pair handy at all times and can really fly when making 4-in-1 European weave chain maille–the finish keeps them from slipping and also prevents marring.

The tip of these pliers is a unique width–as Goldilocks said, they are “Just right!”  I have found them perfect for making the first bend in a wire up next to a bead in order to wrap it about 3 times (depending on the gauge of the wire).  I use them for wrapping with the finer wires, then turn right around and bend 12-gauge sterling with them.  The longer, padded handles provide leverage and help prevent fatigue.  I still have my very first pair of Narrows, and though a bit weathered, they are still well and happy on my work bench (never mind that they have literally been in the fire a few times–they still work great!).

 

Wubbers Debut!

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

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What in the world are Wubbers?!  Wubbers are a fantastic new line of tools especially for jewelry-makers.  This week, Wired Up Beads is introducing five different types of Wubbers pliers–Round Nose, Chain Nose, Narrow Flat Nose, Wide Flat Nose, and Bent Nose.

If you have been following my blog (or if you ever peeked inside my warehouse), you would know that I am a tool fanatic.  I have tried virtually every set of pliers that I have been able to get my hands on.  And finally, my hands have found their heaven!  These pliers have the most comfortable handles that are easy on your hands.  The handles are longer than most, providing leverage.  Wubbers are durable and can work heavy-gauge wire.  However, they are versatile and precise and easily handle the lighter gauges beautifully.  Their finish makes them less likely to slip when working with jump rings, yet won’t mar your metal.  No longer do I hunt through my work bench looking for the perfect pair of pliers for the task–I simply reach for my Wubbers.

You will be hearing a lot about Wubbers, but for now, I will move along to part two of our exciting news!  If you look carefully at the ad above, you will see a picture of the Elegant S-Link Bracelet.  In the same issue of Step by Step Wire Jewelry, this bracelet will be featured on the cover and a tutorial will be published in the magazine, which should be on the store shelves by September11 or 12.  You can usually find the magazine at places like your local bead stores, Borders, Barnes and Noble, Joanne’s, and Michael’s.

New Hill Tribe Pendants

Sunday, August 26th, 2007

 

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Hill Tribe Silver doesn’t get any finer than these eye-grabbing pendants!  They give you a lot of options–wear them with silk cords, ribbons, multiple strands of beads, or heavier sterling chains.  I love shopping for Hill Tribe, but the only problem is that fact that it’s often hard to get more of the same design.  You can find these pendants in the Bead category under the Hill Tribe Silver.

Don’t You Just Love Cool Tools?

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007

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 It’s like a treasure hunt!  I just love looking for really great, hard-to-find tools.  Here are three new ones that are listed in the “Cool Tools” category. 

First, make sorting easier and more efficient with this great little sorting tray.  You can pour beads or jump rings from the corner spout or the open-and-close chute at the top.  It comes with a cute little purple spatula to make it easier to move those onery little buggers around.

The second picture may look like an innocent pair of salt shakers, but don’t be fooled!  Bwahaahaa!  These are really the coolest method that I have found for storing tiny components  that are used frequently, like crimp tubes.  I don’t know about you, but my floor is like a magnet for little crimps and it swallows them like a hungry hippo!  Well, now I won’t be losing so many of them now because these spill-proof bottles are perfect for dispensing just what is needed.

Last, but not least, how about this wooden bead vise?  It is designed to securely hold a variety of shapes while you sand, ream, or dremel.  I work on a tile floor and can’t tell you how many times my bead has gone bouncing across the floor when I lost my grip on the slippery little thing.  This tool can also help protect fingers from cuts, pokes, and other injuries.

 So, while looking at these three great new tools, take care not to drool on your keyboard!  Here’s wishing you some wonderful, relaxing hours of making beautiful jewelry!