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I am new to wire sculpture. And there.is so much info on different techniques and wire to use. But I just can't seem to figure out the best, non-toxic way to recover or refine my scrap and distort, un-useable wire? Do you know of a way to test sterling silver to see if it is genuine, with out using a harzh acid test kit?
22 Jul 2014

Today your scrap on any wire should be so small that you don't have to scrap out for three years!!!!!!!!

You can use a piece of wire 1 inch to make an o ring instead of buying one!

If a wire is bent and ugly then twist it and make it look good and you can get o rings, links and other things from it. And frankly what you have left if its silver or gold send it in to a refiner.

If it's copper, brass etc it is hardly worth the effort and few refiners will accept it. Try your local scrap yard they made do it.

Testing is a whole different thing. You may need a testing kit for as long as you are in the jewelry business. I use them to test old jewelry I find in the flea markets and you won't believe the gold and silver jewelry I have found in the scrap pile!!! For a kit: http://www.wirejewelrybootcamp.com/products/Gold-Testing-Kit-.cfm

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i am intrested in making gold filled rings but i dont know where to find the ring base material, such as the patern wire and the stones such as sworoski and so on thank you.
21 Jul 2014

If you are going to make gold filled rings all you need is gold filled wire. There is no base, and gemstones are optional. Try one of the most simple rings out there then work up from there. And if you want to learn you can start with copper wire then go to the gold filled to save some money.

Here is a free video on a simple birthstone ring that sells well but it easy to make:

http://www.wirejewelrybootcamp.com/public/Small-Faceted-Birthstone-Ring.cfm

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I appreciated reading your response to this morning. You mentioned both sculpted and wirewrapped pendants. Could you please tell me the difference between the two? I've been making some of the pieces that are featured in the Member Area, but I'm not sure which is which. Thanks!
20 Jul 2014

Beth a sculpted pendant is one with swirls and curls that is called a free form wire sculpted pendant. Mostly one of a kind. Like this: http://www.cameojewelry.com/products/Lolita_Agate_Cameo_with_Pearls-667-11.html

A wire wrapped pendant is one that is more rigid with straight lines for the most part and one that you could create a step by step pattern that most jewelry makers could follow. It is just a different method. See one here: http://www.cameojewelry.com/products/TOURMALINE_PENDANT-1616-99.html

And they do sometimes cross identification but these too words sculpted and wire wrapped have been sort of invented by the artists that make them. So you will get different opinions from different artists.

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What is the best affordable wire that looks like gold or silver to use for wire writing name? What are the wire ga you use for a pendant, for a ring, for a bracelet? I see some use copper enameled wire. What is the best brand?
19 Jul 2014

There is a lot of variables here. But this is what I personally would do:

#1. The type of venue you are selling at is important. If it is just a trinket they want at a festival, then I would use the cheapest wire I could that looked good but you could still write the name well, such as:

SILVER PLATED WIRE

GOLD PLATE WIRE

RED JEWELERS BRASS

HALF HARD COPPER COLORED WIRE

NOTE; If it is this type of arena, you could use cheap wire with a low cost and sell at a lower cost.

#2. If I sold the same work from my on line shop and guaranteed a high end product that looked great, I would use 14kt gold filled or sterling silver and get paid accordingly

GOLD FILLED $29.95

STERLING SILVER $19.95

Too many variables on the other questions, sorry.

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I have made a pendant, then just before finishing the bail, slightly flattened a small area of the wire, to then stamp it. Could work on earrings too. But how are tags used?
18 Jul 2014

I'm not so big on the flat wire idea but tags are simple to apply. You make them or you buy them.

#1. Punch a hole in the tag on one side or both of s small hand made tag or store bought tag. Put an O-ring on it and slide it over the wire.

#2. Punch a hole on both sides of the tag and bend each side over and slip it over a wire.

Just start working with the tags and you will come up with a lot of simple, easy ways to tag your jewelry. Here is a photo of one. Second photo from the left: http://www.wirejewelrybootcamp.com/public/Jewelry-Making-Ideas.cfm

Here are some ideas of vintage jewelry tags from the past.: http://www.illusionjewels.com/costumejewelrymarkst.html

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There seems to be app's for everything these days. Have you ever considered doing one for the bootcamp? Are there any out there that you recommend?
17 Jul 2014

Curtis, I am with ya! But, if we do an app, what would you want on it? If I get a few good ideas from interested parties, I would do it. Any ideas?

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