Daily Wire Tip Feb. 16: Removing Marker from Jewelry Wire

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Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip for
February 16, 2011


Hello Dale, I have yet another question for your expertise. I use the permanent marker as you suggest on the back side of my wire, but how does it come off? Is there something I could use to remove it? I hate to show my jewelry with a black line. Thank you so much for your great videos.

-Mishi in Clinton, Connecticut


Hi Mishi, I am so glad that you enjoy working with my videos – thanks! We have had several great discussions on how to remove all types of residue from your finished wire jewelry pieces. A lot of folks have added to my suggestion of using denatured alcohol on either a cotton swab or t-shirt piece, such as: “Skin-So-Soft”, “Goof Off”, nail polish remover, “Goo Gone”, rubbing alcohol and “pure” alcohol (from a hardware store). To read all of these great comments, please see Removing Measurement Marks.

Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong

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    Jim Meier

    February 16, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    I use woolite rug cleaner after I polish my work. Takes all the residue from my wire
    and really makes it shine!! Takes off black marks also.

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    Roy Spaulding

    February 16, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    I use a good pencil eraser. It is easy, no mess, no liquid, easy to keep around. Thanks, give it a try!

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    February 16, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    I use a squirt of WD40 I found that for me it works the best..

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    February 17, 2011 at 6:23 am

    I have found that my Speed Brite Ionic Cleaner is great for removing marks as well. That machine has been one of the best investments I have made, and because of the volume of jewelry that I make, and when preparing for shows, it works over time. I am seriously considering getting a second Speed Brite!!

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      February 17, 2011 at 10:18 am

      I love my Speed Brite too, Mint – and I have 3 of them!!
      (Folks the cleaner we are referring to can be found at Speed Brite – Ionic only!)

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    February 17, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    I use non-permanent markers. Sometimes I inadvertently wipe one off while doing my wire work, but nearly all the time there remains enough of the mark to see the marks I made. In addition, most of the marks are completely covered or gone by the time I have finished my piece.

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    February 18, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Windex works, too. (Besides, just like in “Big Fat Greek Wedding,” everyone knows it’s a cure-all :-)

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      February 19, 2011 at 1:08 am

      LOL – thanks for the laugh Delores! (BTW, it does work too!)

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    February 18, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    I don’t know about others, I basically wire wrap fairly large stones and this suggestion works well for me. When I finally get my “band” of wires together there are almost always at least 5 wires in the band. I find it quite enough to only put the marks I make with the marker on the center three. These are the ones that remain in the main girdle of the piece and thereby I have no marks on the outer wires that I use to pull up to make the cage supports. I find this works quite well enough for me and is easy to do as well. Hope this will help someone.

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    July 14, 2015 at 7:34 am

    I use 91% Isopropyl alcohol. The weaker 70% doesn’t seem to.