Sunday, 21 March 2010

The WireWorkers Guild

Welcome to the
March Newsletter

Below is an image for design inspiration, using beautiful semi-precious stones from ... the instructions for this project with matching bracelet and earrings will be featured later this year in 'MAKE JEWELLERY' MAGAZINE'. If you want to subscribe to the magazine, which I personally believe is the best UK publication for jewellery design inspiration ... go to their website:

Flavour of the month is bead supplier:
You can see my recent interview with Claire on their website BLOG and I can highly recommend their range of semi-precious stones if you want to make that extra special piece:

... 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

... send us your questions and advice ...

T O O L S : I have been asked to recommend which tools are required to get started.
The 3 basic pliers needed are: ROUND- (for coiling, making jump rings .. anything circular), FLAT- (for creating angular bends and generally holding wire) and CHAIN-NOSED PLIERS (same as Flat-Nosed pliers but with tapered ends, for small, delicate work). Therefore, you could just invest in either Flat- or Chain-Nosed until you can afford both.

You will also benefit from purchasing a steel stake and hammer so that you can work-harden, flatten and spread your wire, making it tough and functional. The flat stake can be purchased from (Product Code: 999793) and even though any old hammer will do - as long as it has a flat, smooth, highly polished end, specialist jewellery hammers are obviously better and Cookson's once again has a range, from the most basic 'Jobbing' hammer (Product Code: 99989P) to a super-duper one, which is my favourite (Product Code 99989X).

Don't forget, once you've bought your basic tool kit ... it should last you a lifetime!!

All the pliers can be purchased from most bead suppliers but have this very good range:

Round Nosed Pliers (Product Code: 999697)

Flat Nosed Pliers (Product Code: 999696)

Snipe Nosed/Chain Nosed (Product Code: 999693)

Side Cutters (Product Code: 999705)

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: 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!


This is a Charm Bracelet using up loose change, left-over holiday money, vintage coins, ... infact

this wire framing will suit any circular flat-backed item (like buttons and bottle-tops!).

It was featured recently in 'Make Jewellery' magazine (Issue 11, Page 43) and I can email the instructions to anyone who's interested in the wire framing.
Just email: with subject heading: LOOSE CHANGE.

is definitely in, especially in these times of belt-tightening global recession ... and I'm looking forward to telling you more about my new project book (coming out in July, but available for pre-order from 'amazon' in April). The new book: Making Beautiful Wire & Bead Jewellery' is filled with design inspiration and projects, some using bolts, ribbons, feathers, buttons, washers, pebbles, etc... keep a look out!

Here's a sneaky preview of my Vintage Button Necklace
(3 diamante buttons with brown and cream pearls),
which can be made with any 3 buttons of your choice
(see the black coat button necklace variation with wire
shapes glued to the front).

... tells us about courses & workshops in your area ...


In the Antique Craft Centre, 50/56 High Street, Market Deeping, Peterborough PE6 8EB
Tel. 01778 346810
Introduction to wirework 4 hr course: £15 (dates available Sun. 9th May & Sun. 13th June)
Intermediate wirework 4 hr course: £15 (date available Sat. 17th April)
Tiara Making 4 hr course: £20 (date available Sun. 6th June)


Faulkners Oast (East), Tonbridge Road, Hadlow, Kent TN11 0AJ
Tel. 01732 850 727
Introduction to Wire & Beaded Jewellery for beginners and intermediate wire artists.
One dayTiara Making courses.
See: for more information


  1. I love that necklace. I shall being eagerly awaiting that copy of MJ to arrive on my doormat.

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