Cut two lengths of aluminum wire 6" long using the wire cutters from the Ultimate Wire Pliers Set. Cut the ends to points as shown; this will assist in threading the wire through the holes in the sliders.
Mark the center the wires. Grasp the wire at the mark with the flat nose pliers and make an approximate ¼" 'U' in the wire, centered over the mark you made.
Carefully thread the wires through the holes in each slider.
Rest one slider at a time on the edge of the bench block and flatten the wire using the flat face of the chasing hammer as shown.
Position the wires on the bench block and use the round face of the chasing hammer to add dimension and work harden the tails of the aluminum wire. Trim the wires flush and even.
Position the ends on the bench block and flatten the ends into paddles using the round end of the chasing hammer.
Rest the paddled ends on the bench pin and file rounded using the flat file. Be careful when filing, aluminum is soft and you could quickly remove more material than intended!
Secure the drill bit in the pin vise and drill one hole in the center of each paddle.
Using the 600 grit sandpaper, clean up the drilled holes and smooth the paddles. Gently bend the wire tails around the 18 mm side of the Wubbers Jumbo Round Mandrel Pliers
Use a scrap piece of 18 gauge wire to align the drilled holes. Use the flat file to smooth the paddles and make them match if necessary. Attach the ear wires.
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Judy Freyer Thompson has been creating since 2006 and is mostly self-taught. She is an artist with a diverse background ranging from farming to mechanical manufacturing to aerospace. Her jewelry and small sculpture reflect both her experience and fascination with materials that are earthy. More often than not she loves to 'think outside the box'. She loves to incorporate found objects and objects such as bones, teeth, fur in her work. These desires feeds her desire to design and create one of a kind pieces of art to wear. Her work has been in various galleries as well as being featured in magazines and books. Along with Kalmbach Publishing , she released Simple Metalwork Jewelry in October 2016. She is a freelance designer and writes projects for Wire Jewelry and other on line publications.
By day, she is the Assistant Director of a School Readiness Program. She lives in CT with her husband Mel, daughter Madison, and kitties Truman, Binky and Layla
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