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What's all the black stuff on my wire?
26 Jan 2015

Wire that is recently drawn thru a draw plate (new) many times has grease and oil from the machine that produced it. Sometimes it has tarnish, and sometimes it has both!

The black stuff is tarnish. What makes silver tarnish?

Sterling silver contains 92.5% slver and 7.5% cpper. Copper is added to pure silver in order to enhance durability, since pure silver is very soft and can therefore be easily damaged or scratched. The added copper has no ill effects on silver color or luster, it simply makes the life of a jewelry designer a bit easier!

The addition of copper does not, however, lessen silver's tendency to tarnish. Tarnish is a product of oxidation and this oxidation is caused by the interaction of silver with sulfides in the air. Common tarnish-causing agents are latex, wool, rubber bands, some paints and certain foods. Higher sulfide levels occur in areas with high humidity and air pollution.

Tarnishing occurs less on silver jewelry that is worn on a regular basis, as contact with oils on the skin combined with the gentle friction that occurs with everyday wear tends to thwart oxidation. It is those pieces that are stored and worn mainly on special occasions that will likely tarnish and therefore require periodic polishing. (Note: there are some medications that cause changes in acidity levels of the skin that, in turn, may cause silver jewelry to tarnish).

To reduce the likelihood of tarnish in your life, regularly clean all of your silver jewelry with mild dish washing liquid diluted with water or tumble them. Then be sure to dry the pieces thoroughly with a soft cloth, since moisture will promote the reappearance of tarnish. Store your silver in a dry container or, better yet, in a plastic, zip-lock baggie with a piece of anti-tarnish paper or a stick of regular chalk!

A few more notes in regard to storing your silver jewelry . . despite the addition of copper to increase durability, sterling silver is still a rather soft metal and is therefore susceptible to scratching. This makes storing your silver pieces individually especially important. Also, be sure not to place pieces up against each other in whatever storage device you chose to use for your jewelry.

If you store your sterling silver jewelry in a wood jewelry box or drawer, do not place the jewelry directly on the wood surface, as some woods contain acid, which could damage the finish.

When storing you sterling silver or fine silver wire put it in a bag with a piece of regular white chalk. It will reduce tarnishing about 75% ad you can do the same with gold filled wire to keep it from getting that orange tarnish look to it.

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OVER 100 JEWELRY MAKING IDEAS - Jewelry making ideas are gold to any jewelry maker here are just a few: < http://www.wirejewelrybootcamp.com/public/Jewelry-Making-Ideas.cfm >

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START YOUR OWN HOME JEWELRY BUSINESS - It makes no difference if you want to make $100 a month or $5,000 a month. If you can learn to make wire jewelry well with the right tools, supplies and instruction, you are already half way there. Check out some of our home based jewelry packages: < http://www.wirejewelrybootcamp.com/public/Home-Jewelry-Business.cfm >

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OVER 300 WIRES - It makes no difference what type of wire jewelry you are making, you need to have the right wire for the job. Take a moment and look through the wire we have in stock from pattern wire to gold plated wire to silver filled. You name it, we have it: < http://www.wirejewelrybootcamp.com/products/Jewelry-Making-Wire.cfm >

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CAN YOU MAKE PRONG RINGS? - You can't make a $100 prong ring without the right tools! Big gemstones in a beautiful prong ring setting well in almost any arena. But prong rings can be very difficult to create without the right tools. I struggled with these rings for a very long time. Then I finally invented my own prong pliers! Here is a video demonstration: < http://www.wirejewelrybootcamp.com/public/Prestons_Secret_Weapon_Pliers_for_Wire_Jewelry-2.cfm?sd=2 > =====================================================

MAKE WIRE NAME JEWELRY - Ever see those guys and gals at the mall during Christmas time making wire name jewelry? Like wire name pendants, wire name bracelets and more? Did you know that this is not small potatoes jewelry but a small jewelry business with big cash returns. And you can learn it right here as a member or get some dvds for when you travel: < http://www.wirejewelrybootcamp.com/public/Wire-Jewelry-Names.cfm >

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Preston Reuther P.S Did you miss a Bootcamp Broadcast? Here are the archives: < http://www.wirejewelrybootcamp.com/public/Weekly-Bootcamp-Broadcast.cfm >

Preston Reuther
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So What's Wrong with Gold-filled wire?

I sold a gold-filled wire bangle bracelet about a month ago. Now the customer has emailed

me to inform me that her jeweler couldn't find any gold present in this bracelet! I emailed her

back and explained exactly what gold-filled is (even though I include this info in all my listings).

But what if she comes back at me claiming I am selling craft wire as gold? I got this wire from

Preston, so I have no doubt it is gold-filled.


19 Jan 2015

Well, I'm certainly not happy about your customers complaint and I truly know just how you're feeling just about now. I can't tell you how many times it has happened to me. And it's not just about gold. It has happened to me many times in reference to:

gold

gemstones

cameos

etc etc

It always seems to happen when the customer goes into the "local starving jeweler" who hates travelling jewelry shows because they kill his business". I've got nothing against "real jewelers", but let's face it, you just stole a sale from him -- probably a very good customer. Or she would not have come to him for such sensitive advice. So in the world of business it's his job to nix that sale and for him to get that business to come back to him. So in jewelry sales as in war there are no rules.

Yes, he may have tested the gold but the normal scratch test is very unreliable and in most cases cannot detect how much gold there is. It may detect 12 kt or 14 kt or 18 kt but there seems to be great difficulty in detecting gold filled and its actual content. False readings occur all the time. And if you have 12/20 or 14/20 or 1/100 there is no test that can tell the actual content. -----OK when I used to work shows and make a great sale and someone would try to nix it by double talk and not so accurate info my blood would boil.

Till finally I started to fight fire with fire because it was happening all the time. You must realize the local corner jeweler is fighting for his life so I can't get too mad at them. Let me give you an example of what happen to me and how I handled it:

True Story:

I worked a very big show in Memphis. It is a giant wholesale show and people come to it 4 times a year. It is no surprise that the local jewelers ain't too happy with anything to do with that show. OK, so I got this rather nice pendant with a whopping authentic very real blood red garnet. It is big as your thumb and it's quite nice with only a few imperfections. I got it for a very good price, but I sold the piece for about $350. I think I was making $150 off of it.

The lady I sold it too loved it and she was a nice gal and we really hit it off as artist to customer. Well about three days later I get this very angry phone call and the lady basically tells me I'm trying to give her a fake stone!!!! She took it to her local jeweler and he said: "Garnets don't grow that big. It's a phony!"---Well, my mind started reeling and my blood and adrenalin is pumping like I'm going into the ring with Mike Tyson!

So I need to chill and think this out because it has happened too many times. So I tell the lady I'm going to look at the sales receipt so I can remember the stone. It's just a ploy to give me some thinking time and for me to cool off a bit. Well, this is what I came up with:

I called the lady and this is what I said:

Hi Mrs. Smith. I looked at my sales receipt and, yes, I'm very familiar with that stone and yes it's very very big and you got a heck of a price on it. But don't confuse value with price. You tell your jeweler friend I have a challenge for him and this is it.

You send the stone into the GIA and for $75 they will guarantee whether it's real or not. I will personally pay that $75 fee. If it's not real, I will give you a full refund on the purchase price, let you keep the jewelry, and give your jeweler a written apology. BUT, if the stone comes back genuine from the GIA, your jeweler friend pays me $1000 for all this trouble he's putting me through. ---- Mrs. Smith I'm a professional and I'm willing to put my money where my mouth is.

Is your jeweler willing to do the same?

I never heard from the lady or the jeweler ever again!!!! ----Sometime you gotta fight fire with fire!

Preston Reuther Master Wire Sculptor

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How many grams is that??!!?? There is a cool source on the Bootcamp. It is a bunch of different conversion charts that you will find useful. I know I am always trying to figure out what something is in another measurement. Need to know Grams to Carat Weight? Its here. How about wire gauge to millimeters? Its here. You get the idea check it out. There are a ton (well maybe not a ton) of different very useful charts here. 2 pages of glorious conversions! Hint: print, cut and laminate!

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Master Wire Sculptor
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I want to make cab pharaoh rings but some wire artists are calling them old school what do you think?
12 Jan 2015

I think the pharaoh ring has been around for almost 100 years and others say the exact type ring was found on an Egyptian Sarcophagus making it over 2000 years old. No one really knows for sure but I sell 5 or 6 per month at $99 each so they can call it whatever they want I call it a good seller!

Look at the Tiffany prong setting it is the most famous ring ever. Introduced by Charles Tiffany more than 100 years ago, It has sold millions and millions of settings and diamonds around the world and it is the first engagement ring ever produced. And it still sells just as well as it did 100 years ago. So call it old school or not if it sells, and people like it and want it, other vendors can call it anything they want.

Here is the Tiffany setting im talking about: http://www.tiffany.com/Engagement/Item.aspx?groupSKU=GRP10001

Here a Video on how to shape the Pharaoh ring in question - Look at it to the end there is a big but simple tip: http://www.wirejewelrybootcamp.com/public/How-to-Shape-a-Pharaohs-Ring-Video.cfm?sd=2

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FREE STRAND OF 3.5MM - 4 MM RICE PEARLS WITH ANY ORDER -- GOOD TILL THURDSAY MIDNIGHT:

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MISS A TIP OF THE WEEK? Here it is with all the archives - MEMBERS ONLY FEATURE < http://www.wirejewelrybootcamp.com/members/Tip-of-the-Day-Archive.cfm >

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OVER 100 JEWELRY MAKING IDEAS - Jewelry making ideas are gold to any jewelry maker here are just a few: < http://www.wirejewelrybootcamp.com/public/Jewelry-Making-Ideas.cfm >

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START YOUR OWN HOME JEWELRY BUSINESS - It makes no difference if you want to make $100 a month or $5,000 a month. If you can learn to make wire jewelry well with the right tools, supplies and instruction, you are already half way there. Check out some of our home based jewelry packages: < http://www.wirejewelrybootcamp.com/public/Home-Jewelry-Business.cfm >

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OVER 300 WIRES - It makes no difference what type of wire jewelry you are making, you need to have the right wire for the job. Take a moment and look through the wire we have in stock from pattern wire to gold plated wire to silver filled. You name it, we have it: < http://www.wirejewelrybootcamp.com/products/Jewelry-Making-Wire.cfm >

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CAN YOU MAKE PRONG RINGS? - You can't make a $100 prong ring without the right tools! Big gemstones in a beautiful prong ring setting well in almost any arena. But prong rings can be very difficult to create without the right tools. I struggled with these rings for a very long time. Then I finally invented my own prong pliers! Here is a video demonstration: < http://www.wirejewelrybootcamp.com/public/Prestons_Secret_Weapon_Pliers_for_Wire_Jewelry-2.cfm?sd=2 > =====================================================

MAKE WIRE NAME JEWELRY - Ever see those guys and gals at the mall during Christmas time making wire name jewelry? Like wire name pendants, wire name bracelets and more? Did you know that this is not small potatos jewelry but a small jewelry business with big cash returns. And you can learn it right here as a member or get some dvds for when you travel: < http://www.wirejewelrybootcamp.com/public/Wire-Jewelry-Names.cfm >

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Talk to you next week!

Preston Reuther P.S Did you miss a Bootcamp Broadcast? Here are the archives: < http://www.wirejewelrybootcamp.com/public/Weekly-Bootcamp-Broadcast.cfm >

Preston Reuther
Master Wire Sculptor
www.wirejewelrybootcamp.com




I want to make and sell jewelry. I want to do something in life that I will enjoy. Any advice is good advice. Thanks!
05 Jan 2015

Designing jewelry and making it can be one of the most fulfilling things you can do!

But it may not meet your financial goals because for every 1 millionaire jewelry designer, there is a million jewelry makers barely making it! And everything in between. It is easy to get it all going but difficult to get to the top of the heap! The question is are you in it for the money? the fame? or for the love of it?

All three can be very rewarding. There is nothing wrong with success and the American dream is still alive. But that dream won't come alive. You have to make it come alive and what you put in is what you get out. In my own experience, if I had to do it all over again, I might focus on just me as a designer. Yes, (just me) because each and every one of us is a BRAND just like Madonna, Rolex, Tiffany or others.

Being a brand means you have to protect it or else actually lose your brand if you don't. The jewelry making part is fun no matter how it goes or how long it goes. The business side of jewelry design and creation on a large scale is mind wrenching in today's beaurocratic society with piles and piles of paper work. So, if you go big time, be prepared for big headaches.

HERE IS AN EXAMPLE OF THREE SUCCESSFUL JEWELRY DESIGNERS.

1. Carol Braden-Williams known as SilverTrove Here is a woman that took the obscure art of making wire name jewelry and brought it to en entire new level. I am wondering if the little wire name benders of the 1920's bending their wire names on the boardwalk of Atlantic City would every dream that this simple art form would be taken to this new level never seen before. To see Carol's work, go here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/SilverTrove

2. Robert Williams also known as R Willy Here is a guy that has such a beautiful and distinctive style that you can pick her work out among thousands of other artists. He not only creates the wire design but cuts and polishes his own stones to fit that design and I must say he is a master at both. You can see his work here: http://www.wirejewelrybootcamp.com/public/viewimage.cfm?ImgID=5009

3. Elizabeth Bisogni Here is a lady who is gifted in the ability to come up with so many different designs. It just boggles the mind. That is a gift that few jewelry designers have. And one design is more unique than the other and her work seem to be growing and growing. You can see a really interesting piece created by her here: http://www.wirejewelrybootcamp.com/public/viewimage.cfm?ImgID=5371

Today I like to keep myself in the middle -- not too much and not too little. That means i can actually enjoy making and designing wire jewelry. I no longer have the desire to be the biggest this or the biggest that. I would rather be the best at something and have people waiting in line for my services.

I have been watching a TV show called the Profit and, when people make a pitch for money in return for stock in their company, the millionaires who loan them the money always cut the guy or gal off when they are talking and say: ALL I'M INTERESTED IN IS MAKING MONEY. THAT'S IT. And I think this is the approach that got this country in trouble in the first place. The greed of people in any business can kill an art, a community and as we see an entire country.

I would rather make a good salary from my company and make jewelry that they will be showing for years and years to come. The money is great but it comes and goes but the skills you learn as an experienced jewelry designer stays with you forever and can be passed down two or three more generations. Remember money is temporary but jewelry skills are permanent.

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MISS A TIP OF THE WEEK? Here it is with all the archives - MEMBERS ONLY FEATURE < http://www.wirejewelrybootcamp.com/members/Tip-of-the-Day-Archive.cfm >

======================================================

OVER 100 JEWELRY MAKING IDEAS - Jewelry making ideas are gold to any jewelry maker here are just a few: < http://www.wirejewelrybootcamp.com/public/Jewelry-Making-Ideas.cfm >

======================================================

START YOUR OWN HOME JEWELRY BUSINESS - It makes no difference if you want to make $100 a month or $5,000 a month, if you can learn to make wire jewelry well with the right tools, supplies and instruction, you are already half way there. Check out some of our home based jewelry packages: < http://www.wirejewelrybootcamp.com/public/Home-Jewelry-Business.cfm >

======================================================

OVER 300 WIRES - It makes no difference what type of wire jewelry you are making, you need to have the right wire for the job. Take a moment and look through the wire we have in stock from pattern wire to gold plated wire to silver filled. You name it, we have it: < http://www.wirejewelrybootcamp.com/products/Jewelry-Making-Wire.cfm >

======================================================

CAN YOU MAKE PRONG RINGS? - You can't make a $100 prong ring without the right tools! Big gemstones in a beautiful prong ring setting well in almost any arena. But prong rings can be very difficult to create without the right tools. I struggled with these rings for a very long time. Then I finally invented my own prong pliers! Here is a video demonstration: < http://www.wirejewelrybootcamp.com/public/Prestons_Secret_Weapon_Pliers_for_Wire_Jewelry-2.cfm?sd=2 > =====================================================

MAKE WIRE NAME JEWELRY - Ever see those guys and gals at the mall during Christmas time making wire name jewelry? Like wire name pendants, wire name bracelets and more? Did you know that this is not small potatoes jewelry but a small jewelry business with big cash returns. And you can learn it right here as a member or get some dvds for when you travel: < http://www.wirejewelrybootcamp.com/public/Wire-Jewelry-Names.cfm >

=====================================================

Talk to you next week!

Preston Reuther P.S Did you miss a Bootcamp Broadcast? Here are the archives: < http://www.wirejewelrybootcamp.com/public/Weekly-Bootcamp-Broadcast.cfm >

Preston Reuther
Master Wire Sculptor
www.wirejewelrybootcamp.com

















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