Friday, 5 March 2010

WIREWORKERS GUILD


WELCOME

to the WIREWORKERS GUILD!

The guild is only just surfacing from a foetal position, so spread the word to everyone and anyone who loves creating wirejewellery and wire art!

Please feel free to contribute to our bi-monthly newsletter by contacting: linda.jones@wirejewellery.co.uk or going to http://www.wirejewellery.co.uk/ 'CONTACT US' link and quoting WWGUILD as your subject heading.


There are 5 sections to contribute to:

Section 1
WIREY DIARY
... tells us about events and up-and-coming shows ...


ROCK 'n' GEM SHOW: 27th-28th March 2010
Prestbury Park, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

BIG BEAD SHOW: 17th April 2010
Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher, Surrey

GEM 'n' BEAD LINKS SHOW: 25th April 2010
Winthorpe, Newark, Notts.

CHESHIRE BEAD FAIR: 16th May 2010
Nantwich Civic Hall, Market Street, Cheshire


Section 2
TIPS & ADVICE
... send us your questions and share personal tips ...

CLEANING TARNISHED WIRE JEWELLERY
As you've probably all discovered, leaving silver wire or jewellery exposed to oxygen, will tarnish it quickly. To prevent it from becoming dull, try and store it in clear, plastic self-seal bags. You can also dip your pieces in 'Goddards' Silver Dip solution (available from all major supermarkets) - but do wear rubber gloves to avoid skin contact and just dunk in for a minute or two only (beads and all - except for pearls, as they will discolour!). I suspend my pieces from a bent wire, so that they can be pulled out and rinsed and then dried immediately.


Section 3
GRAPEVINE
... spread the word about new tools, bead bargains ... etc...

THE WORLD'S BEST CUTTERS
Anyone who's had a little experience in making wirejewellery, will know that cutters are an extremely important tool - especially when it comes to cutting jump rings off a coil. A cheap pair will squeeze the wire before it cuts and the ring will never be 'flush' closed. I can highly recommend TRONEX flush cutters, which are only available from one UK supplier as yet: http://www.madcowbeads.co.uk/ They are not cheap, but will last a lifetime, as long as you don't use them to cut wires a higher gauge wire than 1mm. Put them on your birthday wishlist, if you want to create a professional finish to your pieces!

BEST BEADS
As you all know, there are some wonderful online suppliers and it's good to showcase and share your personal experiences and bargains with others. I have found http://www.e-beads.co.uk/ particularly good for unusual, statement beads and http://www.beadsdirect.co.uk/ fantastic for their semi-precious range of beads. Not forgetting, http://www.jillybeads.co.uk/ for their bargains, http://www.wires.co.uk/ for their fantastic sample packs of wire and finally, http://www.creativebeadcraft.co.uk/ for everything else!!


Section 4
SHOWCASE PROJECT
... contribute a project to inspire others ...
We will soon be featuring a project, and anyone who wishes to contribute their own - don't be shy, we would love to hear from you!


Section 5
NETWORKING
... tells us about courses & workshops in your area ...
RIVERSIDE BEADS JEWELLERY WORKSHOPS (& shop)
In the Antique Craft Centre, 50/56 High Street, Market Deeping, Peterborough PE6 8EB
Tel. 01778 346810

WIREJEWELLERY WORKSHOPS
Starter 1 day sessions/Intermediate courses and Tiara & Wedding Jewellery Tuition
Faulkners Oast (East), Tonbridge Road, Hadlow, Kent, TN11 0AJ
Tel. 01732 850 727



































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