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How can I efficiently make the loops for chain mail or small chain crafts?

When I took jewelry making classes, we used the saw method mentioned in Kellerra's answer section "the slow way". You start by wrapping your desired wire around something round like a dowel to make ...
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How can I efficiently make the loops for chain mail or small chain crafts?

there are a few ways to make rings/loops on your own. If you're just starting out you might want to consider buying ready-made rings in the appropriate size and gauge in a project kit. You would be ...
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How can I smoothly flatten select parts of a wire design?

The flat parts of the wire are achieved by using a curved face chasing hammer and a hammering block. The chasing hammer has a slightly convex surface that makes those nice smooth transitions from the ...
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Building closed loops with springy wire

What you are looking for is called spring steel or spring-tempered wire. Tempering is a process where the wire is hardened by heating which allows the resulting spring steel to return to its original ...
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How do I get my jewelry wire to be the right stiffness?

There are three grades of hardness in jewellery wire: Full-hard, which is tempered wire that is very stiff. It's rarely used, because it's just too stiff for most jewellery. Half-hard, which is ...
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What does 'mil' mean when measuring thickness?

The internet has informed me one mil is a measurement that equals one-thousandth of an inch (0.001 inch) or 0.0254 mm. You can convert any length unit into mils via Google's length unit conversion (...
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Building closed loops with springy wire

You could also use bicycle brake-cable wire— it's very bendy, tough, and virtually impossible to permanently fold. If you know any bikers, they might have old brake cables you could get for free. ...
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Is there a tool that will make a rounded cut in flat metal wire?

As you're only working in thin aluminium, I suggest a gouge chisel. It will need sharpening fairly often (a diamond file is probably easiest) to go through easily but should do a good job. Use ...
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How do I get my jewelry wire to be the right stiffness?

Most of the wire I see in the stores today is mostly copper or something bonded to copper and it's usually dead soft. Here are some tips and tricks I have learned over time: Hammering: A regular ...
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Looking for a springy thin wire to make earrings with

The look of it strongly reminds me of christmas tree balls. They even work according to the same principle. Maybe you have some old christmas tree balls you don't like anymore or one that's broken. ...
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Can you bake a sculpture with a copper wire inside?

Copper has a melting point of 1085°C/1984°F which is well above your expected temperatures. There should be no danger of losing structural integrity of the sculpture due to melting of the copper wire. ...
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How can I create a custom lamp shade frame?

What materials you use depends on the design of the lamp shade you want to make – is it a hanging ceiling lamp, a desk lamp, etc. How sturdy the frame needs to be depends on what material it is ...
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Will I have problems with wire baked in oven baked clay?

Polymer clay doesn't shrink like real clay, so you don't have to worry about cracks/breaking of the clay while being heated. Most types of metal melt at temperatures way higher than polymer baking ...
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Advice for making wired jewelry charm

so maybe something like that? I just used 2 pieces of bent and shaped 18 gauged wire, hammered out to make the pieces sit more flat, and then used 2 thin pieces of beading wire to anchor the 2 pieces ...
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Ultra thin stiff wire

A needle may not be as stiff as you think. One reason a needle seems so stiff is that it's short. A needle of the same diameter and material that was a foot long would not seem stiff at all by ...
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Is there a tool that will make a rounded cut in flat metal wire?

I think the best option are sheet metal cutting shears, either manually handled ones (like heavy duty scissors), or electrical ones (power tools), although the latter one seems a little overkill for ...
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Can Dollar Store Tool Bench Hardware Wire be baked in oven?

According to this post, the black and red coloured wires are insulated with plastic: 2 coils at 33 feet wire red plastic insulation 2 coils at 33 feet wire black plastic insulation Unless you find ...
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What wire would be suitable for a papier-mache armature?

I suggest aluminum : moderately corrosion resistant, inexpensive, easy to bend and cut, easily available. Look for it at farm supply store as electric fence wire. It does come in a fairly long spool ...
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Ultra thin stiff wire

You may wish to look for piano wire which is made of high carbon steel and is fairly stiff.
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Is there a way that I can have two long straight wires that are coated?

Well home electrical wire is already prewrapped and 14 gauge wire is 1.6mm in diameter. House wire has 3 single wires (4 if 3-way) running through the main housing, and it will have one bare wire and ...
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How can I smoothly flatten select parts of a wire design?

You don't necessarily need a specialist hammer, a small ball pein or cabinet makers pin hammer from a hardware store will do the job. However you may need to polish the face as any scratches or ...
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How can I efficiently make the loops for chain mail or small chain crafts?

Get a dowel in the diameter you want, drill a hole in one end and put the wire in it, attach the other end to the chuck of a drill and press go! Make sure its operated slowly. Don't take the spring ...
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How can I create a custom lamp shade frame?

Some craft shops sell the hoops and the special lamp fittings 'hoop with fitting holder' in a wide range of sizes and shapes. I got them from a small independent craft shop where I live ( the ...
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Engrave a design into slate sheets

If you're using the rotary tool with a suitable engraving bit, you may find it easier to trace the state profiles by attaching the paper to the slate with an adhesive. Even a simple glue stick will ...
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Reshaping ear climber back to fit larger ears

Just rebending the wire is likely to break it. Theoretically, it could be unsoldered and the earrings remade. From your link, it looks like they retail for $24. You would spend more than that for a ...
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Can I bake oven-bake clay with embedded lobster clasps?

"Can you" is a different question from "is that the best way". I think the answer is you can, but it probably isn't the best way. Embedding the clasp, then baking The metal in the ...
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Can Dollar Store Tool Bench Hardware Wire be baked in oven?

If you are making an armature , a good hardware store will have several sizes of bare copper wire . Mostly larger diameters like 12 gauge up to 000 ( guessing 0.312")
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Is there a tool that will make a rounded cut in flat metal wire?

Pure Aluminum melts at 660°C so a soldering iron won't be enough, I suggest you to use a Blow Torch that can reach a temperature of 1300°C, if you keep the wire vertical and melt it the end of the ...
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Advice for making wired jewelry charm

Other than using wire, you could create the design using precious metal clay such as silver metal clay and setting it in a kiln or you can use a blow torch and fire-proof mat. Fine silver metal clay ...
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Advice for making wired jewelry charm

I'm sorry, but I have my doubts you could ever create this design with metal wires. I would have suggested using either epoxy resin or a similar glue or a slightly flexible power adhesive, but there ...
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