Make Your Own Wirework Findings
Lisa Niven Kelly is an award-winning artist and author of the best-selling book "Stamped Metal Jewelry." Lisa is the founder of Beaducation.com, an online clearinghouse for streaming video jewelry-making classes and high-quality tools and supplies. She was voted "Top 10 Teacher" by the editors and readers of Bead&Button Magazine.
Meet your instructor, artist Lisa Niven Kelly, and learn about the five essential tools you'll need to make beautiful wirework findings.
02: Wire Working Basics
Master the basics of wirework findings as Lisa demonstrates how to make loops, wire-wrapped loops, standard spirals and open spirals.
03: Coiling and Jump Rings
Learn how to scale your wirework findings production by coiling wire to make several jump rings all at once. Lisa will show you several ways to coil wire -- by hand, using a drill and around the nose of a pair of pliers.
04: Head Pins
Head pins keep beads and stones from falling off a vertical wire, such as a dangling earring. Once you learn the basic head pin, expand your collection with several decorative head pins, including spiral, diamond, flower and cluster head pins. Finish the lesson with Lisa's discussion on designing dangling earrings.
05: Ear Wires
Learn the basic Shepherd's Hook and how to harden and soften your wires for the perfect fit and placement. Then, add decorative elements like spirals, beads and coils.
06: Hook Clasps
Secure your bracelets or necklaces with simple single or double hook clasps and then work your way up to a stunning double-wrapped loop hook-and-eye clasp.
07: Toggle Clasps
Toggle clasps are functional and beautiful. They can be used to secure a bracelet or necklace or become the focal point of your jewelry.
08: Sculptural Wire Toggles
Take your toggles from fastener to showstopper as you make amazing wire-wrapped clasps that could be the centerpiece of your creations.
09: Oxidizing & Polishing
Add antiquing and dimension to your findings as Lisa demonstrates two different methods for oxidizing -- using an HCl-based solution or liver of sulfur -- then polish your pieces using a cloth or pad, or a tumbler.