All posts by dalecgr

  • Daily Wire Tip Mar. 13: One Jump Ring Gauge to Rule Them All?

    Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip for March 13, 2011 Question: What gauge wire is best for jump rings for chain maille designs? -Linda in Alum Creek, West Virginia Answer: I am sorry to tell you, Linda, that...

    • Posted March 12, 2011
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  • Daily Wire Tip: Neck Mandrel Alternatives

    Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip Question: Dale, I love the DVD series I have. I want to make the Heavy Twisted Wire Collar (Beginner Series) and the Elegant Collar (Advanced Series). Is there any item I can...

    • Posted March 11, 2011
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    Daily Wire Tip Mar. 11: Removing Glue from Dichroic Glass

    Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip for March 11, 2011 Question: I found a beautiful, large dichroic glass bead. Unfortunately, someone had glued a bail onto the bead. How can I remove the bail without damaging the bead?...

    • Posted March 10, 2011
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  • Daily Wire Tip: What Does 14/20 Gold Filled Mean?

    Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip Question: Hi Dale- I have a question about 14/20 gold filled wire. I know the 14 is 14 karat, but what does the 20 stand for? Thank you. -Deborah in Wenden, Arizona...

    • Posted March 9, 2011
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  • Arabian Bracelet
    Daily Wire Tip: Selling Two Different Lines of Jewelry

    Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip Question: I design and sell jewelry of many different styles and materials: semi-precious gemstones, freshwater pearls, Swarovski crystal elements, as well as CZs, glass, acrylic, and other non-precious beads. I use primarily...

    • Posted March 8, 2011
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  • Daily Wire Tip Mar. 8: Specific Wire Gauges in Class

    Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip for March 8, 2011 Question: I’ve started taking wire classes and each teacher asks for specific sizes, such as 21-gauge. Seems like each class wants a different size, and it’s never the...

    • Posted March 7, 2011
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  • Daily Wire Tip Mar. 7: Heating Porcelain Cameos

    Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip for March 7, 2011 Question: Can you heat porcelain? I have some porcelain cameos that I want to fire in my kiln, about 1400° F. Some of them have images like this...

    • Posted March 6, 2011
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    Daily Wire Tip Mar. 6: Strengthening Jump Rings

    Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip for March 6, 2011 Question: Hi Dale, I am making my own jump rings with 20-gauge round half hard gold filled wire. How can I harden these jump rings? I need to...

    • Posted March 5, 2011
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  • Daily Wire Tip Mar. 5: Swarovski® Component Plating

    Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip for March 5, 2011 Question: I use Swarovski crystals in my pieces, along with their silver-colored metal clasps and chandelier drops with crystals embellishing them. Are their metal pieces at least silver...

    • Posted March 4, 2011
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  • The right & wrong way to open jump rings - Rebecca Rudaski,
    Daily Wire Tip: Foolproof Jump Ring Closures

    Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip Question: I use sterling silver jump rings on bracelets to attach clasps. They have pulled apart, and I am wondering if I should use another material to attach the clasps so they...

    • Posted March 3, 2011
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  • Daily Wire Tip: Making Wire Jewelry While Selling It

    Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip Question: What is your opinion on creating jewelry while at a show? I’ve had some people say they love to see it being made, and others say I shouldn’t have “all that...

    • Posted March 2, 2011
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  • Daily Wire Tip Mar. 2: Crochet Wire Designs

    Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip for March 2, 2011 Question: What is the best gauge wire to use for crocheting wire? I used a 26-gauge copper wire for a bracelet once, and it stretched out as I...

    • Posted March 1, 2011
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  • Daily Wire Tip Mar. 1: Determining Carat Weight

    Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip for March 1, 2011 Question: I grind and polish my own stones from rough slab pieces. How do I determine the carat weight of a finished stone? -Pamela in Plaistow, New Hampshire...

    • Posted February 28, 2011
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  • Lena Bugrimenko

    Lena Bugrimenko was one of our Tucson 2012 Instructors! Discover Lena’s chainmaille and beading classes here: Lena Bugrimenko Course Listings If you love chain maille then you’ll enjoy patterns and classes with Wire-Sculpture Faculty, chain maille artist...

    • Posted February 28, 2011
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  • Daily Wire Tip: A First Traditional Wire Wrapping Project

    Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip Question: Hi Dale, I was wondering, as a beginner to your wire wrapping style, what kind of a project should I start with? What do you teach first to you students first?...

    • Posted February 27, 2011
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  • Daily Wire Tip Feb. 27: Simulated and Cubic Zirconia Stones

    Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip for February 27, 2011 Question: What’s the difference between simulated stones and Cubic Zirconia Stones? -Robert in California, Maryland Answer: In many cases, simulated stones are made of faceted glass. Glass is...

    • Posted February 26, 2011
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