Thursday, March 1, 2012

Janet's Tips & Tricks

by Janet Alexander
Technical Advisor

Straightening Wire

Have you ever had a small piece of wire you wanted to use but it was all bent out of shape?

Bend it as straight as you can using flat-nose pliers.

Place the wire on a smooth anvil or steel block with another anvil or smooth steel block over the wire. Slide the top block back and forth across the bottom one keeping the wire between the blocks.

The wire rolls along straightening out as it rolls!

This is also a great way to work-harden the wire.

Placing Tiny Stones

Have you had a hard time picking up tiny stones while placing them into a setting? Roll some bee’s wax between your fingers into a point. Now use the point to pick up the small stone.

To remove the stone from the wax, place it into the setting and roll the tip of the wax away from the stone.

To clean the wax off the stone wipe it with a towel after setting it. If you plan to fire the stone in place, the wax burns off cleanly in the kiln.

Keep the comments and questions coming!

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