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I’m always looking for a wire supplier, and I’ve seen people recommending their favorites quite often on-line, so I figured it was time to revisit my  online suppliers list page. 

Everybody is still in place, but Metalliferous‘s page is a bit weird to navigate. It took me a while to figure out that the site was always going to look like a blank page, but I could scroll down and find what they were offering. (They’re probably still having growing pains from going all on-line earlier this year). 



I’m excited to learn this information.  On the one hand, I have been leaning toward working  with brass and copper, and this is one more reason.  Then, again, sometimes I just wonder , because I have very sensitive skin, what’s going on with the materials I use.

Brass, copper, and silver have been found to be self-disinfecting, and have the ability to inactivate such bacteria as E. Coli and staphylococcus.

Take brass, for example. Because brass has been found to automatically disinfect itself within 8 hours, and destroys 99% of fungi it comes into contact with within 6 hours, brass door handles/openers or doorknobs are popular options for healthcare facilities.

Copper will destroy mold completely within 6 hours of contact. Its disinfecting properties take effect within 15 minutes after contact

Silver is a common material for water storage tanks, and such, because it disinfects bacteria cells in water within as little as 12 hours.

.On the other hand, bacteria can survive on stainless steel, the most commonly-used material for hospital equipment, as well as equipment used in food processing, will survive for up to 30 days.

Adapted from http://www.wisegeek.com article

JUMP RING BRACELET from Stripes and Sequins

JUMP RING BRACELETI found this jumpring bracelet on Stripes and Sequins blog. It is cute and too easy, but… where do you get the rope?  I guess I just don’t get out and about enough.


There is a bead show this weekend. (I’ve never heard of this one before, but… hey! a bead show is a bead show)

NEW YORK, NY 10011
Friday, May 4 – 12PM to 6PM
Saturday, May 5 – 10AM to 5PM
Sunday, May 6 – 10AM to 4PM

Entry is $5.00

I’ve never seen this bead show before, but, hey! a bead show is a bead show!  If you have $5.00 to spare, it will at least be some entertainment, yes?

Shades of WIRE JEWELRY ARTIST: you can now get this old info on-line

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This is almost spooky – good!!!  Before I started wireworking, there used to be a magazine called Wire Artist Jeweller, out of Canada.  Apparently because illness, they abruptly ceased publishing at the same time that I wanted to subscribe.  A resource that I perceived as imminently valuable ceased to be. No way to get all that information.  Today, I’ve been re-reading an old magazine from 2006, and I see that, at the time, I overlooked the valuable notice that Wire Artist Jeweler had been revived, to some extent.  No, there is, apparently, no magazine, but… you can get very affordable tutorials, on-line, for a number of the articles which were in the magazines.

So what’s spooky?  I’ve seen a number of these tutorials, albeit re-made, on JewelryLessons.com.  I’ve actually bought quite a few of them.  Not only that— I asked one person who had sold me quite a few pieces if she would publish a tutorial or two on JL, but she refused – tonight, I found the tutorial! (I’ll still go to that girl because, even though she was so secretive about her technique, she does make nice pieces and guarantee them, for much less than I could probably make them.)  I just won’t tell you who she is here – payback!  Find her on ebay – if you look at the tutorials on Wire Jewelry Artist, you will recognize her.)

On second look at the site, you can still get copies of some of the Wire Jewelry Artist issues, each of which includes three to four tutorials.  The trick is to figure out how to order them (I’m stil working on it. Maybe you have to write to the website for instructions. It doesn’t “click-on” for me)  It would be cool to get an old copy, not only because of the several tutorials inside, but, also, because you would be owning an authentic piece of North American beading history..

Do go visit this site. Especially if you are interested in chainmaille and/or controlled, jeweler kind of wire-wrapping with lots of measurements and precision and ways to hold cabochons.

I am so so happy to have found this resource.

New Ideas… Excitement

Several things have happened all at the same time. I received a copy of the Winter issue of Step by Step Wire Jewelry, and I received three strings of beads I had won on ebay. One strand is little black tourmaline “rice” beads, and the other two are amazonite with black tourmaline and pyrite (I have heard it called “black stripe amazonite”). I have some big rectangles of this stone, which I am waiting to figure out what to do with, but these are little flat ovals and coins, and my mind is already turning over ideas. (right now I am plotting a ring, which I have never seen the likes of, and I am thinking of using a similar size cuprite/chrysocolla, or something else that will go well with brass, and making the ring with brass first before I go for the silver/amazonite/black tourmaline one. This will be the first time ever that I make a test piece before just plunging in and making what I want. Am I nervous? or just prudent?

Whatever… I have two days off to figure out how to do this thing, and I am broke, so it’s just me, the tv, the wire, and the dream now.

This issue of Step by Step Wire Jewelry is not all that breathtaking, if truth be told. I was really excited about this magazine when it came out, and the first couple of issues were jam packed with really cool things, but it seems that lethargy has taken hold or something…. this one was on the lackluster side. I can get inspiration from the boring, however, so I am still poring over it — I love the ads in this magazine, and I have gotten lots of ideas about what I want to buy and where I can get it. If nothing else, the ad list is useful — I have just spent four hours going through the sites whose ads I had marked and deciding which of those belong in my blog links for their ideas and tutorials… I have added more links to the links page. Since I have subscribed to the magazine, I sure do hope it will be more exciting in coming issues.

I have found some interesting sites with tutorials and design ideas, and I have I have added them to my Links page. I have also added some to drool for links to the Jewelry-Making Supplies page. (some sites have wound up on both pages). The best ones, by me, are the clasp suppliers.  (I have not included the supplier who carries $200 clasps. If you think that is a do-able  price, you will have to find her by yourself)

I have just finally done something about my poor beautiful galaxy ring that had begun to break down to where I did not want to wear it anymore.

malachite-galaxy-ringThis is the original ring. It is constructed of brass with a strangely cut malachite bead — the rings are on the sides.  I tried to do netting to hold the bead, but it did not turn out for me. As a result, the stone kept flipping up on one side.





This is how I have reworked the ring.  I wrapped a 22 ga.  wire around one of the bead wires , and then  coiled  24 ga. wire around the outside ring.  When I went onto the new wire, I started to coil 28 ga. wire, and I began to add the gold-plated glass charlottes that I have had around forever.  I kept coiling and tying off with charlottes until it was time to stop, and then I coiled a little further on the wire and made a large spiral.  I wired the spiral to the frame, as I have consistently had problems with my spirals getting bent out from the ring.

This all was really hard to do because of the ring design – the outer rings made it very difficult to go under the ring support wires.  Brass is so soft that it bends if you even think about it, much less look at it, or even try to work with it.  It is a good substitute for gold, though, and it is cheap enough to lend itself naturally to experimentation.