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« on: October 09, 2007 09:58:44 AM »

I am head-over-heels in like with this ring:Thing is, it's Dior and almost $700. I really want to make a ring like it with wire and I tried to make it using thick-ish wire (not sure what gauge, maybe 18-ish?) and pliers and the wire just broke.  Does anyone know a way to do it so the wire won't snap? Or anyone have another idea how to make it? Thanks so much =]

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« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2007 10:11:12 AM »

Are you using sterling silver wire? if you are try annealing (heating to an even temperature...'til it glows cherry red, with a blowtorch) the wire first, it should make it easier to work with. if you're not, er, use sterling wire! it's very flexible and easy to work with... and really cheap if you get it from the right place... I know a great supplier if you're in the UK, and tbh anywhere else it'll be cheaper cos this country is stupidly expensive...

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« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2007 02:19:47 PM »

you probably need dead soft wire or at least half hard wire  check out this website  http://wire-sculpture.com  i think it will help
« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2007 06:06:37 PM »

have you ever thought of using PMC? precious metal clay? its such amazing stuff. i recently made 3 pendants with one small packet, 3 fine silver pieces for under $30.00!

but if you got the slow drying kind you could roll it out to form the letters, and also make the band as well. good luck!
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« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2007 12:30:52 PM »

Try buying your sterling dead soft, and if you're not sure it's dead soft, anneal it with a torch. those bernz-o-matic's plumbers use should work fine. I woulden't recommend heating it to a cherry red, though, as I've had alot of problems with firescale doing that. watch the colour of the flame- when what's reflecting off the wire starts to go orange, you're annealed. If the wire is coiled, you should also see it relax slightly. Use tweezers to pick it up and put it in water to cool off. if, while you're working, you notice the wire starting to get stiff again, anneal. do it as many times as you like.

Also, if you're doing a fair bit of wire working, you may want a pair of half round-nose half flat-nose pliers. I just sprung for a pair and I'm absolutley in like with them. They do less damage to the wire than regular round-nose.

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