Judy Freyer Thompson's Hinged Neck Wire, Contemporary Wire Jewelry. Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, Riveting, Riveting Techniques, Wire Rivets. Turn a length of 12 gauge wire in to a cool hinged necklace.
Hinged Neck Wire
by Judy Freyer Thompson
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Technique(s): Forging, Riveting
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
Turn a length of 12 gauge wire in to a cool hinged necklace.

Materials

12 Gauge Round Dead Soft Copper Wire
H11-12D
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1/16” x 5/16” flat head copper rivet
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Large hole focal bead of your choice
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Tools

Xuron Flush Cutter - Pack of 1
G2-504
  • G2-504
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Round Nose Wire Plier
G2-507
  • G2-507
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6PC File Set
FIL-912.10
  • FIL-912.10
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Chasing Hammer with Wooden Handle, 1 1/8 Inch Face
G3-27
  • G3-27
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Deluxe V-Slot Bench Pin with Clamp
BPN-105.00
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Steel Bench Block 4x4 Inch - Pack of 1
G17-10
  • G17-10
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Auto Center Punch
PUN-430.00
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Swivel-Headed Pin Vise
PIN-220.00
  • PIN-220.00
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Wubbers Oval Mandrel Pliers - 4 Plier Set with Block
G15-15
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Polished Cast Iron Neck Mandrel
G7-12
  • G7-12
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52 drill bit
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400 grit sandpaper
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Instructions
Step 1
Clean the wire with the 400 grit sandpaper. Using the ruler and permanent marker measure 10" on the length of wire and cut using the wire cutters, file the ends flat. Measure and mark ½" on each end. Using the flat faced chasing hammer and steel bench block, hammer the ends into a paddle shape to the marks.

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Step 2
Using the flat file, rest the wire on the bench pin, round the ends and remove any burrs. Repeat on one end of the remaining wire.
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Step 3
On one end of the 10" wire and one end of 20" wire, make a mark in the center of the paddle. Rest the wire on the steel bench block and make a divot at the mark using the auto center punch.
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Step 4
Drill using the pin vise and #52 bit.
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Step 5
Cut a piece of index card or card stock, fold to make double thickness and drill a hole in the center. Install the rivet through one paddle, place the index card on the rivet, then position the other paddled wire on top.
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Step 6
Trim the shank to 1/16", and set the rivet using the round side of the chasing hammer. Remove the index card.
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Step 7
Measure 9", 11" and 13" from the rivet on the 20" wire.
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Step 8
Using the 12 mm side of the Wubbers, make a bend at the 9" mark, repeat at the 11" mark.
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Step 9
Use the 15 mm side bend at the 13" mark.
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Step 10
Position the wire on the necklace mandrel, rivet centered in the back. Bend each wire around the mandrel, forming the body of the neck wire.
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Step 11
Adjust so the first loop you made is pointing up, this will be the catch for the other end. Using the round nose pliers, make a bend in the shorter wire to form a hook.
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Step 12
To add dimension and work harden the neck wire, use the round side of the chasing hammer and strike the wire while on the necklace mandrel.
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Step 13
Slide a large hole bead on the end of the wire, paddle the end as in step 1.
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Step 14
Add some ribbon or fiber if desired.
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