pliers

 

Yesterday I finally was able to purchase a pair of bail making pliers (pictured above) that I have had on my wish list for awhile. Thanks to all the holiday sales that are going on currently, the pliers were a great deal at my local Hobby Lobby. I only ended up paying around $10.00 for them including tax (retail $15.99).  I purchased the largest size (6mm & 8.5mm) as I already own wire looping and round nose pliers that can do similar work like the smaller bail making pliers. If you can’t find these at your local Hobby Lobby, you can also find these at most jewelry supply stores (local and online) as well as at Amazon.

This particular size of bail making pliers is great for me because I can now make even more different types of clasps (such as a hook and eye) out of  much sturdier/thicker gauge wire, hence why I also bought the spool of 16 gauge wire shown in the images above.

You can also do the following with these pliers as well:

  • make ear wires for earrings
  • bend wire, filigree, and small pieces of sheet metal to make bails & other curved designs for jewelry
  • coil wire to make jump rings (6mm & 8.5mm)
In future posts, I will show you how to use these pliers to make these items, so stay tuned!
 

 -Dana
 

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In my previous post, I had mentioned that I had created screw eye posts from scratch for the resin tile in my turquoise and brass bracelet. I would like to share how I created those with my readers as I am sure many of you have run into the same issue where you’d like to have your own screw eyes for your resin pieces. It’s especially nice when you are working in different metals and aren’t able to find matching findings at your local or online craft or jewelry supply store. The first thing you will want to do is gather your supplies for this. Since I used all brass colored findings, it was important for me to match my wire to this, so I used the following wire for my screw eyes:

Please note that you can use any type of wire for yours, but it is a good idea to match the gauge of your wire to the rest of your project, especially if you are using chain or lots of jump rings. You want the gauge of the findings to match one another so the piece has a consistent weight and holds together nicely.

Next, you will need some basic wire wrapping tools; these will help you form your screw eyes:

 
Now, the fun begins!
 
  1. To start making one screw eye, cut off about 1.5 inches of wire from your spool of wire.
  2. Using the wire looping pliers, form a loop in your wire by folding it in half.
  3. Hold this loop with your wire looping pliers and grab one of the ends wrapping it twice around the other piece of wire, which will be the post part of your screw eye.
  4. Cut the tail off of the piece of wire that you wire wrapped around the other end (the post part of your screw eye) with the wire/flush cutter pliers.
  5. Straighten out the post part of your screw eye and fix any bumps or irregularities with the nylon jaw chain nose pliers.
  6. If you find that your screw eye post is too long, you can shorten it to suit your needs by cutting it with the wire/flush cutter pliers.

Here are what your finished screw eyes should look like:

They look especially nice when placed into resin tiles as such:

 

Please note that when I drilled the holes for these, I made it so that the spiraled part of the screw eye would be set into the resin, so I had to use a drill bit that was just a little bit of a larger gauge than the wire I used for this project. This enabled me to be able to “screw” my handmade eye posts into the piece like a regular machine made screw eye. To finish things off, I used Devcon 2 Ton Epoxy to set my screw eyes into my resin title. Thanks for stopping by!

 

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