Wire Jewelry-Making

We have gathered together loads of wire jewelry-making techniques, tips, tutorials, tricks, and hacks from the top jewelry-making artists, and have provided them for you here.

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When you’re really down to the wire on holiday gift making, what could be easier than simple wire jewelry? If you have basic wire jewelry making skills and tools, a stash of wire, jump rings, and beads, you’re good to go. For slightly more challenging designs, you might need a few basic metalsmithing tools such […]

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Since my epiphany about the versatility of wire jewelry making a few years ago, I’ve become a huge wire fan. Naturally, that led me to a whole new category of jewelry tools: wire jewelry tools! I discovered jigs, coiling tools, fancy pliers just for wire, crinklers and spiral makers. Wire began to give metal sheet […]

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Jewelry Artist Brenda Meintz Schweder is not only a jewelry designer but also the inventor of Now That’s a Jig! and Now That’s a Pliers. As Artist of the Year for Step-by-Step Wire in 2015, Brenda has continued to inspire jewelry artists around the world, frequently appearing on Beads, Baubles, and Jewels and in other […]

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During Bead Fest Tacoma, Sarah Thompson, jewelry designer and author, hosted a book signing for Fine Art Wire Weaving as well as talked wire with everyone who stopped by. There were a lot of questions being asked and there was a lot of passion and energy in the room! It was a pleasure to meet […]

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Favorite Project of the Week: Holiday Wire Earrings

At first glance, you might think you know where jewelry designer Tom Werkheiser took his inspiration for these Holiday Wire Earrings. However, it’s not as straightforward as you might think. Tom has dabbled in landscape painting for a number of years before making jewelry. He enjoys transferring landscape artistry to his metalwork. Some of the […]

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When I see Bill Fretz hammering metal at jewelry shows or in metalsmithing videos, I’m amazed at how effortless he makes it look. But really, who knows how to hammer metal better than the man who has created the world’s most enviable line of jewelry-making tools? Bill’s metalsmithing hammers and stakes are coveted by all […]

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One of my all-time favorite quotes is from a story Lapidary Journal ran many years ago about the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts. A student interviewed was describing how helpful his education there had been, and one remark has stuck with me for decades. “Trial and error,” the student said drily, “is greatly overrated.” Indeed! […]

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Wire Jewelry to Make Today and Wear Tonight

Usually, making jewelry can be a long, involved, time-intensive project. Creating your design, planning your approach, gathering your materials, cutting, filing, soldering, stone setting — it can all take quite a while. And the results are usually worth it. ABOVE: Heather Lawrenz, Engraved Gemstone Ring; Photo: Jim Lawson But what if you’re short on time? […]

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When I say I’m old school, I’m not kidding. I like books that were printed with hot type, meaning you can feel the impressions of the letters on the backs of the pages. But I also like convenience in technology, which is why I prefer video downloads to DVDs. I am tired of crawling around […]

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