- NEW DVD Series – Stone Setting with Bezels
- Tube Set Charm by Kim St. Jean
- Prong Basket Pendant by Kim St. Jean
- NEW DVD Series – Stone Setting with Cold Connections
- New DVD Series – Stone Setting with Wire
- NEW DVD Series: Introduction to Stone Setting by Kim St. Jean
- Featured Tool: Bracelet Bending Plier
- NEW Dvd by Eva Sherman
- Fun, Fast Fold Forming DVD Series
- Double Band Ear Cuff from Alex Simkin
Daily Wire Tip: Projects with 18-Gauge Wire
Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip December 7, 2010
I made a mistake, and bought multiple feet of 18-gauge round dead soft sterling silver and gold filled wire, yes, I did. I must not have had my glasses on – I purchased, and bought way too much…now you can laugh! So I need your help, as I now am looking for some patterns or ideas to use these big pieces with. I am hoping to use them in bracelets or rings, but have not found much use for this 18-gauge round besides the Ring Series #1 (pinkie and toe rings). I could use a little help here, well a lot of help, with this wonderful dilemma that I have gotten myself into. Help me?
-Terri in Gold Bar, Washington
Terri, with the prices of precious metals going up on a daily basis, you can never have too much!
You can use the 18-gauge round soft for bracelet hook and eye clasps, as well as in single or Double Wrapped Hooks.
Soft 18-gauge wire also makes really cool links that can be forged and/or textured by using a chasing hammer and bench block. For a cool example, check out these photos of the Leaf Link and you will see that 18-gauge round soft wire can also be used to make rings and chains for bracelets or necklaces.
Now, go have fun with your “excess” wire!
Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong
Have a Question? Click Here to Submit Your Question