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How to Set Snaps in Leather

how to set snaps in leather

Ever wondered how to set snaps in leather? I have two great options for you! In the first video, I demonstrate how to set snaps in leather using Dritz Snap Setting Pliers and decorative faux pearl snaps. This method will work on thin leather (I am using a scrap of leather that is 1 mm thick, salvaged from an old handbag) as well as on denim and other fabrics. The second video is from my friend Margaret at Hearts and {Read More}

How to Work Harden Jewelry Wire

How to work harden jewelry wire

Why do we need to work harden wire? Work hardening techniques allow us to deliberately change the temper of the wire that we want to work with and force it into a stronger state. In other words, we would work harden to give strength to soft metal to help it hold its shape. We can also use it to add springiness, as is helpful in a latched hoop earring or clasp. What is Work Hardening? This particular article covers methods for {Read More}

All About Jewelry Wire: What is Work Hardening?

All about Jewelry Wire - What is Work Hardening?

What is Work Hardening? Work hardening is a term that refers to certain metals’ tendency to stiffen up as they are manipulated. Very often, we use work hardening intentionally to give strength to soft metal to help it hold its shape. We can also use it to add springiness, as is helpful in a latched hoop earring or clasp. Work hardening techniques allow us to deliberately change the temper of the wire that we want to work with and force it {Read More}

Everything you Ever Wanted to Know About Jewelry Wire

Everything you ever wanted to know about jewelry wire. Choosing the right wire is an important part of successful wire jewelry designs. This series of articles explains it all!

Working with wire is one of my favorite things in the whole wide world of jewelry making! It’s also one of the things I receive the most questions about, whether it’s general: “What kind of wire should I get if I’m just starting out making jewelry?” or specific: “What exactly does wire hardness mean, and does it matter for this project?” And while these questions definitely have answers, it’s pretty hard to sum it all up in a simple, concise {Read More}

All About Jewelry Wire – Which Gauge Wire to Use for What?

All about Jewelry Wire - Which Wire Gauge for What? Choosing the right size wire is an important part of successful wire jewelry designs. This article covers the best uses for which wire sizes to help you choose the right wire for your jewelry projecs. http://jewelrytutorialhq.com/all-about-jewelry-wire-which-gauge-wire-to-use-for-what

Welcome back to All About Jewelry Wire! This is Part 5 of a series unraveling all the important aspects of choosing the right jewelry wire for your projects. We have covered different wire gauge measuring systems, wire hardness, different wire shapes and materials for jewelry wire. Today we’re going to cover which gauges of wire are generally used for which kinds of jewelry making projects. It’s important to keep in mind all the other factors as well – remember that {Read More}

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