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What kind of light is good lighting for wire work?
23 Nov 2015

I had two big old lights from the 40s I thought they looked cool. But I went to the doctor to get my blood tested and had high levels of Mercury. I could not for the life of my figure out where the mercury was coming from. BUT, the two old light fixtures have mercury vapor lights in them. YIKES!!

So i removed them and went with a 7 watt led set up, to of them. And that seemed to work out fine. You will find gazillions on I went with a light by TAOTROKICS $29 FOR ONE. Im very please with the versatility of this light.And it don't have high levels of mercury vapor.

Preston Reuther
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What wire do you like the best?
16 Nov 2015

I'm mostly a sculptor so I like to make those swirls and curls and you can only do that with soft wire. It can be any kind of soft wire as long as the temper is soft.

Preston Reuther
Master Wire Sculptor

How can i work harden my wire?
09 Nov 2015

Here are 5 ways to work harden your wire:

1. Pull your wire through the jaws of plastic nosed pliers.

2. Pull your wire through the polishing cloth. It's the same as through the pliers but slightly less effective.

3. Twist your wire square will give you a twisted look and round will just harden the wire.

4. Bang the wire with a rawhide hammer or steel hammer for the extreme.

5. Tumble your wire jewelry in a finished form. Use steel shot and tumble for 30 minutes.

Preston Reuther
Master Wire Sculptor

Recently I read an article ... somewhere, where it suggested using a particular type of car wax for "sealing" silver or copper wire. This process helped to slow down the natural darkening process of the wire. Have you heard of this process? Do you think it would help? I guess it can't hurt if it's usually used to shine up a car grill. I am getting ready to combine steel wire and copper and although this is an experimental piece it would be nice to prepare the wire ahead of time. Thanks for your help.
02 Nov 2015

The only good sealer I know of Is EVERBRITE you can find them here:

Preston Reuther
Master Wire Sculptor


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