Wire Techniques, page 2
6: Clasp With 4.5" of 14 gauge silver
wire, blunt cut both ends with your wire cutters.
Please click on the small photos to see an
Flatten one end of the
wire with your chasing hammer and steel bench block.
the tip of your round nose pliers create a loop at the end of the wire.
I used my small round nose pliers but you can use larger ones too.
the back of your large round nose pliers form a loop. Notice how the loop
is made in the opposite direction than the small loop you made
the end of the wire with the tip of your round nose pliers. Have as
little of the wire peeking through the end of your pliers as possible.
Now, begin coiling the wire. Never
coiled before and want to learn how?
your developing coil with your chain nose pliers, continue to coil until
you measure 1 5/8" from end to end.
the wire next to your coil with your chain nose pliers. With your left
thumb pressing against the tail of the wire, form a bend.
the loop with your large round nose pliers and gently urge the wire to
rest next to the coil. Partially close the clasp with the round nose
pliers. With your chasing hammer flatten the curve of your loop and also
the bend at the bottom of the clasp. See photo at the top of this
page. Open one eye on your bangle and insert your clasp
through the Bottom "v" section. Close the eye.
7) Antique and Polish Your Bangle
your bangle is optional. If you want your silver to have depth and a bit
of an aged look, than I recommend you antique it. If you want a contemporary
look then skip this step. The brilliance of your silver is brought
out by polishing it with a Sunshine Cloth.
have found two types of beads that do not respond well to the antiquing
process: polymer clay and horn. The liver of sulfur dulls the finish.
What do you do to avoid this? Although it is a bother, you need to antique
the silver components prior to putting your bangle together. A big pain
in the patoot! String the silver beads and coiling on the mandrel and
dip them in the liver of sulfur solution. Then dip you clasp. Once
the components are dry you can string your mandrel. Finishing touches
with the steel wool and polishing cloth can the be done.
you are not familiar with the process of antiquing your jewelry, please
see my Studio
Tour for instructions.
You have completed your bangle. I hope you enjoyed the process and found
the instructions easy to follow. It was a pleasure for me to put the
class together. Please contact
me if these directions aren't clear so adjustments can be made.