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1  Re: Two questions - wire hammering and how to clean cogs in Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions by Tamarama on: May 13, 2009 10:58:29 AM
I've been making a lot of hammered wire jewelry lately.  I'm kind of a DIY jewelry maker-  not a professional at this point but I thought I would just chime in here in case it's at all helpful.  Wink

I've been working with copper wire from the hardware store.  It's great to practice with when you're a beginner since it's inexpensive and easy to work with.  I don't like how it looks when it's bright and shiny and new, but if you give it a dip in a liver of sulphur solution, let it dry, and buff the high points with fine steel wool it gets a beautiful warm vintage look that I really love.

I have a chasing hammer like this one  http://www.amazon.com/10-CHASING-HAMMER-FORGED-HEAD/dp/B000E3277C  that I bought for a silversmithing class.  It's great for flattening & hardening wire and even making textures on metal.

I haven't gotten around to buying a steel bench block yet, but this would be good to hammer on  http://www.jatayu.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=J&Product_Code=TAV-0100  I have a weird steel cylinder that my dad bought years ago, I think it is a giant truck piston...  I hammer wire on the flat bottom of it.  Any piece of flat steel will work.  One of those little mini anvils that they sell at hardware stores could be lots of fun. 

I also have a pair of round-nose pliers, wood dowels in various sizes, needle nose pliers, and wire cutters, and that's about all I need at this point.

I'm not sure about cleaning your watch parts.  Maybe someone else will know.

Here's a bracelet I made recently

I made it without a wire jig or any fancy equipment.

Here are some links to free tutorials that I found helpful:  http://www.jatayu.com/Education/Education.htm  This bracelet was fun & easy to make:  http://justsimplycharming.blogspot.com/2006/11/making-bracelet.html  There are some good free wireworking tutorials here too:  http://www.jewelrylessons.com/jewel/

Whew!  Wink

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2  Copper bird bracelets in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Tamarama on: April 23, 2009 04:34:51 PM
I'm recovering from a broken rib (OW!!!).   I was on serious painkillers last week and about all I could concentrate on was making jewelry.  Smiley   I don't even want to read what I posted then-  I hope it made sense!   Cheesy

Here are some pics-  they're not the best.  I really need a new camera! 

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3  Vintage owls & flowers in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Tamarama on: January 08, 2009 06:15:49 PM
It's been so gray and rainy around here lately I had to make something cheerful!  Smiley

These are made of vintage plastic and metal flowers & beads, a piece of broken glass and 18 gauge wire.  I'm playing around with ways to make 'settings' for the flowers and glass pieces with wire.  I can't find the settings I want anywhere and I'm much too lazy to solder!  Wink

Clip earrings


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4  Coiled Wire Bird Bracelet in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Tamarama on: December 12, 2008 02:53:11 PM
This bracelet took a long time to make.  It might need a bigger flower on the end to balance it better but I decided to just put it together already.  Wink

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5  Vintage Lucite Flowers and Beads Bracelet and Earrings in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Tamarama on: December 12, 2008 02:32:58 PM
Wonkiness aside, I like how these vintage lucite flowers combine with beads.  Wink   

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6  Elvis/Shiva Glass Marble Bracelet in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Tamarama on: December 12, 2008 01:45:38 PM
This is the first bracelet I made when I got seriously into making jewelry, around 2002 I think.  I still wear it a lot.   A couple of marbles have popped off over the years but I just glue them back on and go on my merry way.  Wink

I call this my Elvis/Shiva bracelet because there is a tiny bubble in the glass of the Shiva marble-  I didn't notice it until the whole thing was put together.  When the light catches it just right it looks like he's doing the Elvis sneer.  Smiley

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7  Coiled wire and beads pendants and brooch in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Tamarama on: December 03, 2008 04:26:43 PM
I've had this tutorial for a long time  http://www.enioken.com/jewelry/flowerpendant-035.html  but somehow I never got around to getting the right kinds/sizes of beads.  I decided to just try it anyway with the beads I had lying around.  Smiley



This last one is a pendant I made on my own before I bought the tutorial. 

They're a bit wonky but I like them anyway.  Wink

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