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Getting To Know Your Wire Before Making Jewelry Part III

Amy Ressa

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There are a variety of types of wire available for use by the jewelry artist. It depends on the type of project you are working on. After practicing with the different types, you might also develop a preference for a specific type of wire over another. This is an option only if your project does not require a specific type.

If you are a person who likes to wear gold or want to give this option to your customers, gold-filled would be a wonderful choice. This type of wire is only plated on one layer. Gold-filled is many layers of gold.

If you feel ready to step up to a more expensive wire, than gold would be a good choice. This is not recommended unless you have practiced and are feeling sure of yourself. There are various karats to choose from. The karate range is from 10 to 24. There are other colors to select also. Other examples types of gold are rose and white gold. It is a matter of preference.

There are many companies that sell the last type of wire. These are fun to work with and are lower in cost. You can find coated wire easily on the Internet and many craft stores. The main consideration when working with this wire is to be careful not to damage the coating.

A great tool to use when you work with coated wire is the nylon-nose plier. Another option would be to cover your regular pliers with a cloth. This too can help eliminate damage to your wire. Do not let this concern keep you from trying to work with this type of wire. You will find there are a variety of colors to choose from to create festive and beautiful pieces of jewelry. Working with this type of wire can be fun for many ages. There is no limited to what you can make with it. Jump in and have fun!

The Painted House and More


I am the owner of The Painted House and More. I am a jewelry maker and decorative painter. I make jewelry from different gemstones and Swarovski crystals. I also use mainly sterling silver wire, clasps, beads, and charms. I offer a custom design service and will re-string any piece purchased from me, for free within the first year after purchase. After that time I will charge a small fee. I will also will charge a small fee to re-string jewelry not purchased from me.


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