Daily Wire Tip June 21: Break out of the Cage – Experiment!

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Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip for
June 21, 2011


One of the DVDs I own, Lock that Rock, is about caging a stone. I’ve watched it and caged a round stone as demonstrated. It was a challenge which I loved, and the end product was very nice. In the video Dale states it’s hardest to do a round stone. That’s fine, but I have several odd-shaped nuggets and don’t know how to proceed. For example, should the cage end up appearing the same from all sides, even though the stone I start with is a free form? I understand that Dale can’t give away formulas on the that are on the video I own.

-Lynne in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania


Hi Lynne, when anyone purchases a DVD or online lesson from Wire-Sculpture.com, a set of written follow-up directions is always included. To be able to make a similar setting for differently sized and shaped items, look at the formula near the beginning of your Lock that Rock written instructions. Now you know how long the wires need to be. Reading down further, you are given the choice as to how many wires you think you need, depending on how large, wide, or thick the item is. Then simply follow the original procedure to create another setting. You are the one who will decide what shape the finished setting will become, based on the shape of the item you are working with.

You are correct that I do not just give away formulas that took me time and experience to figure out. Have fun with the design and all of the possible variations. Make personal "homework" challenges for yourself, by finding different things to wrap into designs using the same procedure. As an instructor, I prefer that my students learn to formulate for themselves, increasing their creativity and ability to be able to make their jewelry "You-nique!"

Editor’s note: if you purchased the "Lock that Rock" online class or DVD and did not receive written or digital instructions, please contact Customer Service and our staff will be happy to help.

Answer contributed by Dale "Cougar" Armstrong

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    Lee Ann Derkacs

    June 21, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Which DVD is Lock That Rock on?

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      June 21, 2011 at 5:31 pm

      Hi Lee Ann, currently the lesson is only on-line. WS only made a few DVDs of those classes and I am sorry to say that they are no longer available.

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    June 21, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    Thanks, Dale, for getting to my question. I tend to get hung up on wanting to do things “just right.” I’ll try striking out on my own.

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      June 22, 2011 at 9:40 am

      No problem Lynne, that’s is why I am here to answer questions! If you don’t ask then how can you know? Seriously though, practice will help you attain your perfection goals (BTW, are you a Jan or Oct baby?) Later! Cgr

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    June 25, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    Interesting question, Dale. January!

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      June 26, 2011 at 10:45 am

      Gotta tell you Lynne, I am not an astrological expert nor do I study it (anymore) but I can often guess under what astrological sign my students were born by how hard they are on themselves when it comes to perfection. Yup, as a January baby, you can be very hard on yourself – so give yourself more credit and try to let things flow : )