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When selling items on-line do you keep that inventory separate from the inventory you take to events?
28 Jul 2014

I wish I was that organized but I am not! Maybe I should be but it never seems to work out that way and finished jewelry flies out of here pretty quick! Here is the way I do it and this may not be for everyone:

#1. I make a piece of wire jewelry.

#2. If its a real nice piece, I put it in my shop at

#3. If it's really special, I will put it on Ebay.

#4. I now put all my work ready to go in a small riker and put it in my safe.

#5. I normally don't have numbers on them because I remember all of them like most people remember their kids.

#6. If the piece sells from anywhere, I take it off-line.

#7. I do keep a running list of what I sell at a show and that is a good reminder.

That's about as organized as I can get! If you are doing production work in large amounts, that won't work for you.

Preston Reuther
Master Wire Sculptor

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I have taken the following courses from GIA. Diamonds, Colored Stones, Advanced Gemology, Jewelry Retailing, Pearl Course, and Designing. I have gotten more practical knowledge from Prestons DVD Series.
27 Jul 2014


Thank you!

Preston Reuther
Master Wire Sculptor

OK, so I have a lot of trouble manipulating the wire without kinks and dings so I thought maybe if I could do one letter and just keep doing it over and over I would learn what it was I was doing wrong. I chose the D for my mom,,,I used a whole roll of wire trying the D and not s single one came out professional looking. The round part of the D came out fine but the top and bottom where you lead into the letter is always a mess of kinks and dings trying to get the connections to stay in position. Any suggestions?
26 Jul 2014

That is a hard letter to start wit. Try a different letter. Such as A or B

A few tips!

#1. Fat tipped tools don't work well for name writing

#2. Get slim tipped tools for name writing

#3. Use 22 gauge half hard round copper wire to practice

Preston Reuther
Master Wire Sculptor

Preston, How can I make a ring using a large pear-shaped cabochon?
25 Jul 2014

The pharaoh setting can be used to do this very easily. Same design you just take the top two wires on each end and stretch them to a point. Don't use a steel tool to do this. Use a piece of wood!

Take a look at this ring:

We have both video and patterns on this design:

Preston Reuther
Master Wire Sculptor

When is enough,enough. I notice I tend to over work my wire and I cant seem to draw the line. I can finish a piece today and tomorrow I decide I dont like this or that and work it some more until I eventually end up with a mess or broken wires trying to hide them.
24 Jul 2014


Preston Reuther
Master Wire Sculptor

Just wanted to add a note to the person wanting to sell on etsy and artfire (I do both also). Another venue to try selling on is the online auctions. Tophatter is one and a new one that just started a couple weeks ago, is raiseyourpaddlez. T.H. charges a fee (couple dollars and a percentage of bid) to sell your work, depending on which category you list in. RYP charges a flat $1 to list and a percentage of the bid price. I sell on T.H. every day and when RYP gets more established, plan to sell there also.
23 Jul 2014

Great tip! Thanks Anna. These new auction sites all have different buyers and almost anything can be sold with a little effort!

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