Mar 032017
 

ff wire protectors

Wire protectors are one of those jewelry findings that I definitely could have used way back when I first started making jewelry. As you’ll see in the video from the examples of my fails, they are especially useful when making jewelry with thread, but serve wonderful purposes when using bead stringing wire as well.

As with most of the findings I show you they come in all the standard finishes: gold, gold plated, silver, silver plated, copper, gunmetal, etc.

I don’t often find these at the local craft stores,  and if they do have them they’re often of poor quality and you don’t have many choices of finish. So I usually buy mine online. Although they only cost a few cents apiece, they add a great deal of value and longevity to your jewelry!

Below are a few of the different finishes of wire protectors that I like to keep on hand.

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the How Wire Protectors Will Save Your Jewelry! Friday Findings video at YouTube.

Feb 042017
 

ff french wire cover

French wire is one of those jewelry findings I had seen mentioned on occasion, but never had the opportunity to try. It’s not something your local craft store usually carries in their jewelry making section, but eventually I was intrigued enough to order some online.

After having a chance to play and experiment a little bit I have to say that French wire is my kind of product: one with a terrific intended use, but unlimited potential for other possibilities. Oh yes, I do love possibilities. 🙂

In today’s video I’ll show you how to use French wire with bead weaving wire and with beading thread, plus give you lots of ideas and suggestions for different ways you can use French wire in your jewelry and other creations.

French wire comes in a few basic finishes. Be sure to double check the diameter size your are getting based on what you plan to use it for.

If you’d like a wider selection, Fire Mountain Gems has French wire in copper, black and even with fancy twists.

Btw, I mention at 1:30 in the video that I have a Friday Findings video on wire protectors, but it appears that I never made one, except perhaps in my mind! I was certain that I had. Weird. 

Guess I know what I’ll be recording next week. 😀

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the How to Use French Wire In Your Jewelry-Friday Findings video at YouTube.