Friday, August 27, 2010

Basic Wire Wrap

Some basic technique in wire jewelry world. Just clik this site :

Have fun!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Basic Tools for Beginner

Hi there,
as a beginner to wire jewelry making, you may be a little overwhelmed by the huge variety of tools available for jewelry makers. Many get a bit intimidated when it comes to the world of tools. Let me share what I know for basic tools.

- Round Nose Plier: good for bending and forming loops.
- Chain Nose Plier: use for opening and closing small loops, getting into tight space. Chain nose plier has NO teeth.
- Flush Cutters: before you buy, cut a piece of wire with them. Look at cut ends. A "flush cut", is one where the wire, after cut, is not left burred. You need a good flush cut for making proper jump rings, or for making any kind of chain from rings. The wire needs to have as flat a surface where you have just made the cut as possible.

- Wires: round, half-round, square. For some first project, I use round wire. It is easier, cheaper and available at mostly beads shops. It is size of the wires called wire-gauge. The smaller the number, the thicker the wire. You can watch complete size here
Mostly we use 26ga, 22ga, 20ga and 16ga.

Look at bead-shop near you to find basic tools and wires. There are plenty online shop too. Like here:
or other shop as Mr.Google guides you ;-)


Monday, August 23, 2010


I love cabochon. Just like another jewelry maker, cabochon is like magic. With nature and warm colour, or strong and shiny colour, big and small... every piece of cabochon is magic!

So here they are... my cabochon collection! I worked with some of them and not have it by me anymore. Happy to give them new home. And I bought already some others, but can't find time to make picture.
Mostly my cabochon came from online shop.

xx Dian