April 15, 2016

Oval jump rings

Oval jump rings are a great alternative to round jump rings. These rings are ideal for connecting clasps, charms or beads to chains.
Need a mandrel to make your own oval jump rings? Use a set of two the same size knitting needles, wrap your wire around them.
  Carefully remove coil and cut evenly with sharp flush cutters (double- flush cutters work the best).

April 8, 2016

Measuring Template

If you’re making a piece of jewelry that requires multiples of one component, make all those matching components as close as possible to being the same size.
* Mark your round nose pliers with Sharpie marker to make the same size loops every time.
* Use a popsicle (craft) sticks as a template for measuring the wire for making ear-wires, S-clasp, head/eye pins, etc. Write down the wire measurements, wire gauge (I use a pencil to write, Sharpie marker can smear). Also, you can tape a sample or trace it.