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    Hi all,

    I'm sure this has probably been asked plenty of times so apologies if it has.

    I am wanting to start using wire to create some interesting designs in my jewellery, I am just wondering what size wire would be best and what sort e.g plated wire or actual silver/gold wire.

    I also want to start making rings, any tips would be greatly received, I have trawled the internet and read books and still pretty unsure of a starting point, again I like wired rings but would like to have many different styles under my belt

    I would also like to create bracelets, necklaces and earrings which aren't just threaded beads I have some jump rings etc and have been experimenting with them but would like to create my own chains would links would be best?

    Many Thanks

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  • #2
    I signed up for the free patterns here I have practised a little with some wire from a sample pack from wires and am looking forward to making a variety of stuff.

    There are a couple of people here who make chainmail jewellery, a quick search should find them.

    Goiood luck!
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    • #3
      For the chains it depends on what type of chain you want, I make chainmail and used a lot of tutorials from this site when I started...there are some complicated weaves on there but some of the simpler ones may be what you're looking for? They have step by step pictures so they're nice and easy to use!

      As for plated versus silver/gold, there's no right or wrong answer, it's depends where you're going to be selling and which material would suit the price point you expect to be selling at, and what your personal preference is? I started off using plated as it was cheaper and didn't matter so much if I messed up, but now I only use sterling silver

      Just thought, have you tried searching for ready made chain?
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      Last edited by silvershack; 08-01-2012, 04:51 PM. Reason: had a thought!


      • #4

        You may also want to think about a ring mandrel and ring sizers, I stock some on my site here:


        • #5
          Hi there!

          I started making jewellery about 2 years ago and ventured into wirework about 6 months ago and i'm completely hooked! Like you trawled the net searching for help! I used the jewelery lessons website quite a bit as they do quite a few free tutorials. I also bought The Encylopedia of Wire Jewellery Techniques by Sara Withers which I've found great for all the basic techniques that you'll need. Everything has step by step pictures which I really like. The great thing about wire is that once you've got the hang of a few techniques, you can just play with the wire and set what comes out!! (Sometime great, sometimes not so great lol!!)

          I only use silver plated (non-tarnish) wire at the moment and use from size 0.4mm to 1.5mm depending on what i'm making.

          0.4 for wire weaving
          0.6 & 0.8 for filling in pendant frames
          0.8 for making earwires and rings
          1 & 1.25 for pendant frames
          1.25 for bracelet links
          1.5 for cuff bracelet frames and thick rings

          As someone said earlier the Wires website do a great pack which I think includes all of the above sizes apart from the 1.5mm.

          Good luck!!

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          • #6
            Thank you for the replys, they have all been very useful I shall be investing in the book and have already started with some of the website guides too
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            • #7
              Have a look on the site too, they have loads of great ideas for jewellery with wire. Most of them can be made without a jig just using round nosed pliers and pens etc.



              • #8
                Hi there,
                I've been making jewellery for 15 years now and I have to say that going to jewellery making classes was the best thing I ever did. I started evening classes where they taught traditional jewellery bench skills, (soldering, bending, forming, stone setting etc etc). If you can, I would use silver rather than silver plated as over many years having worked in a jewellery gallery I find that customers do not ever realy want silver plated, they would rather pay a bit more for solid silver that will last them a life time.
                It sounds like you are quite serious about making jewellery as you mentioned you didn't want to do only threaded beads, so I would definately find a course that offers jewellery bench skills. There is a jewellery school in Gants Hill, Ilford that I used to go to...absolutely brilliant classes. I have also now opened my own jewellery-silversmithing school called The Jewellers Hut which is in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire. Would love to have you there as a student but if our school is too far to travel then definately try Redbrige Institute of Adult Education in Gants Hill, Ilford. All the best, good luck :-) Sam


                • #9
                  hello Hannah , best of luck for designing ......have a look at different jewellery sites , books etc you will get more design ideas


                  • #10

                    Hello Hannah. I spoke with my friend, he had the same problem a year ago, he wanted the same as you. Here is a webpage with
                    . you can see here a lot of stuff that could, and I hope it will help you.

                    Greeting from Germany !