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« on: January 21, 2008 07:00:58 AM »

This is my first attempt at wire jewelry. I made a necklace componet for my best friend. Wanted to know if any of you out there had any good pointers on what I could have done better or differently. Also if there is a good source for wire. I used a small hammer to pound the wire once it was wrapped but I was reading that you should use a rubber mallet? It just didn't seem like it would do the trick. Please let me know what you think. Thanks in advance.
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The square stone is jade but you cant tell it from the picture and the middle bead is bone.
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« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2008 07:06:16 AM »

It's lovely, I think it's very creative
I'm sorry I don't have any expertise I can offer.
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« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2008 03:00:35 PM »

The point of whacking it is to harden the wire, not necessarily to change the shape or make a mark. It takes surprisingly little to "work harden" wire - just coiling like that will have hardened it a little bit. The rubber hammer applies pressure without being hard enough to leave dents in your lovely work Smiley

I love the design of this! It looks like the curves are a little uneven and pointy in places - you can sort that by bending the wire more gently. The best way I can describe the technique is to sort of rub the wire into shape. But you'll get the knack of that with more practice anyway. Overall, this looks beautiful and very well done, especially for a first try!
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« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2008 03:11:27 PM »

oh wow. thats really pretty!
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« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2008 10:44:54 PM »

Thank you so much to all of you for the nice words said. Special thanks to Talyra
for the info. The edges might be strange looking because I was beating the @#*&^%*$# out of them with a huge metal hammer.  Grin ooooppps. Who knew. hee hee
Thanks for tips and the compliments. I will get me a rubber mallet and see if I can do this again.
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« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2008 07:47:19 PM »

Gorgeous!  I've never been able to use wire Cheesy  too pokey.
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« Reply #6 on: January 23, 2008 10:47:41 PM »

Yeah between this and the Goddess necklace that I did my fingers did take a beating. Good news is I told my husband he can probably finally teach me to play guitar without me whining about my fingers getting sore. Smiley
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