Essential Wire Wrapping Tools for Beginners

wire wrapping for beginners - jewelry making tools

One of the most common questions I get from readers is, “What kind of tools do I need if I want to get started making wire wrapped jewelry?” I know it can be extremely overwhelming, and there are a lot of choices out there when it comes to jewelry pliers and tools. But the good news is, you really only need 3 tools to be able to get started making wire jewelry and performing all the basic wire wrapping techniques! {Read More}

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}