Archive for the ‘Finished Jewelry’ Category

More Beautiful Bead Soup Results

Monday, November 5th, 2012

We have heard back from two more recipients of the Bead Soup Giveaway from Kalmach Books!  Here are their beautiful results.

From Heather Otto, here is what she started with:  a sterling silver clasp, lampwork focal bead and beads to match:

And with her amazing wire wrapping, here are the beautiful results:

Thanks Heather for participating!

From Rubyjule, here is what she started with:

And with some incredible creativity, she created this gorgeous piece!  She named it “The Infinity of Pink Pears.”

 

 

Bead Soup

Friday, October 12th, 2012

Kalmbach Books puts together a fun event called “Bead Soup” on their Facebook page, which we were happy to participate in this year.

 

Here’s the premise: different bead stores send in a mix of beads, which Facebook followers of Kalmbach Books enter to win and make a piece of jewelry.  Fun, right?

Our bead soup was won by Stephanie Weiss.  Look at this beautiful wire wrapped necklace she created!  She added some copper wire and smoky quartz to the mix.

Thanks Stephanie for participating!  We love what you created with our bead soup.

New Item: Dimple-Forming Pliers!

Saturday, June 16th, 2012

We just received a batch of the brand-new dimple-forming pliers, and we love these for adding texture to metal!  So simple to use–instead of getting out your hammer and punches, you can add perfectly round dimples with just a squeeze of the hand.

We spent some time using the pliers on our metal shapes, and here are our findings:

  • The dimples were rounder and more uniform than using a hammer and dapping tools
  • They work best on metal sheet 24-gauge or lighter
  • Working with dead-soft metal eliminates the need for annealing (all of the metal shapes we carry are dead-soft)
  • Should you work your metal so much that it becomes work-hardened, annealing the metal will soften it to make texturing easy again
  • No annealing was needed for the already-soft aluminum Lillypilly discs and sheet metal.

There are so many fun things you can do with these pliers!  They are not just for texture–you could use them to write a message in Braille, or a Zodiac constellation with dimple marks representing the stars would make a great personalized piece of jewelry.

Below are some pieces made with the dimple pliers.  We hope it sparks your imagination!

 

 

Copper Earrings made using:

  1. 24-gauge copper sheet
  2. Lindstrom Metal Shears
  3. 20-gauge copper wire
  4. Chasing hammer
  5. Large Wood Dapping Block
  6. 1 mm Hooked Jaw Dimple Pliers
  7. Euro Punch Pliers
  8. Liver of Sulphur Patina Gel
  9. Lortone Tumbler Kit

Copper Heart Bracelet made using:

  1. Copper heart shapes
  2. 1 mm Hooked Jaw Dimple Pliers
  3. 3 mm Hooked Jaw Dimple Pliers
  4. Chasing hammer
  5. Euro Punch Pliers
  6. Liver of Sulphur Patina Gel
  7. Lortone Tumbler Kit

 

Brass Earrings made using:

  1. 1″ Brass discs
  2. Chasing hammer
  3. Fretz Circle Texturing Hammer
  4. 3 mm Hooked Jaw Dimple Pliers
  5. Large Wood Dapping Block
  6. Euro Punch Pliers
  7. Liver of Sulphur Patina Gel
  8. Lortone Tumbler Kit

The Beauty of Beads

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

We have had some really amazing artists teach in our studio here at Wired Up Beads. One of these artists is Sam Hibler, and we are so excited to have her back in our studio again this year! Her classes have become a favorite among our students. She is an amazing artist and she does a great job at helping others develop their craft.

Recently Sam was featured in The Crafts Report, a monthly business magazine for the crafts professional. It is an honor as an artist to be featured in such a magazine, and we are so excited to be able to host an instructor who has achieved such high praise! If you haven’t checked out the class line up she is offering in our studio later this month, be sure to take a look.

 

 

Have you ever had a class with Sam or seen her work? Tell us about it!

 

A Silver Lining…

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

This week we finally received our full stock of silver filled wire, and we are so excited about it! Thought to be of a higher quality than plated or craft wire, we were itching to try this economical innovation.  To give you an idea of what “silver-filled” means, here is a visual:

 

(Silver-filled on the left, silver-plated on the right)

You can find out more about silver-filled wire by clicking this link:

Silver Filled Wire.

None of us had ever experimented with silver filled wire before, so we weren’t sure what to expect from it. We were thrilled to learn that it reacts exactly like Sterling Silver in most situations. We soldered, textured, twisted and tumbled it and it responded beautifully. You can see the resulting pieces in the collage below:

So, get out there and create pieces of your own! You can see our full selection of silver filled wire by clicking here: Silver Filled.