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Daily Wire Tip July 25: Tumbling Finished Jewelry
Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip
July 25, 2010
You’ve mentioned tumbling wire work to harden it. Could you please explain this for new members like me?
-Linda in Portland, Oregon
Yes, I do mention tumbling as a way to work harden your finished jewelry pieces, but personally, I do not do it! We do have a great article on tumbling, though, written by Wire-Sculpture Faculty member Scrimshaw Mary. She did quite a bit of research and interviewed several professional jewelry-making friends who do use a tumbler. Just follow this link to read their advice about Tumbling Your Jewelry. You can also Search Our Blog on the left side of the screen. Type in the keyword tumbler and press Go to read several discussions regarding tumbling advice!
Many wire artists find that working with half hard wire reduces the need for tumblers to work harden a piece. You can read previous tips about Forging Soft Wire and Hardening Finished Jewelry on our blog as well.
Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong
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