Jewellery making anyone??

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  • mapleleaf1010mapleleaf1010 Forumite
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    Gold_Dust wrote: »
    I'm usually one for ebay as I don't really care about what happens to the box beyond the initial gifting, but have you tried a stationers? Or a party supply shop? I'm thinking that small gift boxes like the ones you're describing would cross over into the wedding sector.

    I hadn't thought about researching the wedding sector or a party supply shop! Thanks for that! :j

    I tried eBay but haven't managed to find what I want yet.
  • savvysavvy Forumite, Board Guide
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    Gold_Dust wrote: »
    Hopefully one day soon! My wire-wrap ring was hilariously bad (I used the top of an Issey Miyake bottle as a mandrel :rotfl:) but it's something I want to be decent at, so I'm going to try again, soon. Join me! :D
    Well you're one step ahead of me, cos that's not what I'd have used a mandrel for.......I'd have used it as a perfume bottle stopper ;):rotfl::rotfl:

    I would join you, but I don't even know whare to start! :o
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    I hadn't realised that anyone had replied on here!
    I hadn't thought about researching the wedding sector or a party supply shop! Thanks for that! :j

    I tried eBay but haven't managed to find what I want yet.
    You're welcome! Any luck?
    savvy wrote: »
    Well you're one step ahead of me, cos that's not what I'd have used a mandrel for.......I'd have used it as a perfume bottle stopper ;):rotfl::rotfl:

    I would join you, but I don't even know whare to start! :o
    :p @ mandrel

    Here's what I was trying, and failing to do:

    http://youtu.be/uvhgv0iVj_Y

    And it went very wrong. All you need is a spool or two of wire of the right gauges, a bead, and something to wrap it all around. The rest is just the usual wire-work pliers, and some finesse. Which I obviously lack :rotfl:.
  • savvysavvy Forumite, Board Guide
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    Gold_Dust wrote: »
    And it went very wrong. All you need is a spool or two of wire of the right gauges, a bead, and something to wrap it all around. The rest is just the usual wire-work pliers, and some finesse. Which I obviously lack :rotfl:.
    You make it sound soooo simple though!! :eek::o
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  • Gold_Dust_2Gold_Dust_2 Forumite
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    Good, because that's how I want to view it! :p I spent years telling myself that this kind of stuff was too hard and that I'd have to be a dedicated, die-hard hobbyist who had learned from a professional before I could do it, but the reality is that it's more fun to just have a go.

    Materials and tools are relatively inexpensive and go a long way too, so whether I succeed or fail it doesn't really matter, as long as I've had a bash :D.

    Is that you in your display pic, btw? You look like one of my colleagues at my new workplace :p - how weird would it be if we turned out to be colleagues?! We could make some jewellery together :D
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    yay so glad this thread is up and running again. I love jewellery making, have been for about 6 years now.

    The one thing when making rings, start off a size or 2 bigger than you need as it tends to shrink as you work it. If you're making them to sell then a mandrel is great so you can get exact size. you can get stainless steel ones for a decent price online, they last years and you can also hammer onto them :) xx
  • Gold_Dust_2Gold_Dust_2 Forumite
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    Thank you, those are really useful tips! I've heard that a steel mandrel can scratch the rings, is that true? And is there anything that I could substitute for a nylon hammer? Is a hammer even essential?

    Any pics of your makes? :D
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    i've never had a problem with the steel mandrel. I guess a hammer isn't really needed. Depends on the style of ring you make if its one with just wire I tend to give it a whack with the hammer (on the mendrel) to work harden the wire.

    Just making more stock for the craft fairs so can post some up sometime :)
  • Gold_Dust_2Gold_Dust_2 Forumite
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    I bought loads of stuff from the craft fair yesterday, but I couldn't get a hold of a mandrel. Now I'm waiting for it to be delivered....taking too long!
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    edited 7 April 2014 at 1:37PM
    Hi there, had a quick search of the forums but nothing came up so I hope you don't mind me asking on here!

    I was wondering if there was a thread that allowed members to share links II know there's rules on MSE about this sort of thing) - I'd really like to get a wider audience to my facebook page. I've just started making & selling jewellery after leaving my job last year, so would appreciate any pointers how I can expand my page views !
    "Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one's living at it" Einstein 1951
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