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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
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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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Preston Reuther
Master Wire Sculptor

I am new to wire sculpture. And 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:

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Preston Reuther
Master Wire Sculptor

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:

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