February 18, 2014

Inside the studio

Some of my favourite tools...

Solder Place where the magic happens...

Some new stones to set this year...

September 21, 2013

Wire Wrapped Rose Ring Tutorial

Hi! I am Yanxia from Misluo and I am so excited to be here today to show you how to make the Wire Wrapped Rose Ring with some basic tools. These rose rings are favored from all ages, so I believe it will be a great idea to make a rose ring for your family or friends as a Christmas gift.
Materials & tools needed:
  • 18-gauge dead soft wire (copper, silver or gold-filled); 20 inches is good for making a ring from size 6-size 8. You will need 1-2 inches more for larger sizes.
  • Ring mandrel (I use a sharpie in this tutorial, which is easy to work with)
  • Cutter
  • Chain nose pliers
  • A fine file (nail file will do)
Decide the size:
First of all, you need decide which size you want to make. You may use this instruction to find out your ring size. Choose something as mandrel one size larger than the intended size because the shank will shrunk smaller while wrapping.
Let's start: Hold the center of the wire against the sharpie and wrap each wire end one time around the sharpie. It should look like this (above).
Twist the two wire ends together. I twist it by hands as the dead soft wire is easy to bend. You can use the pliers if you feel hard by hands. And... keep going to twist the wires around the center point. You need cross the two wires sometime while twisting to create a tree-dimensional rose.
Leave about half inch wire at each end. You can cut the wire short if it's longer than you need. Now take the ring out from the sharpie and use the file to remove any sharp edges on the wire ends. Run your finger gently around the end to see if it's smooth enough.
Use the pliers wrap the wire ends on the side around the shank tightly. Try to hide the wire ends under the rose possible. This pliers in the photo may mark your ring. Here I have two options for you. You can use some taps wrap the tip of the pliers to minimize the marks. Or, you can use a jewelry file and fine sanding papers to remove the marks. I would take the first one because it's easy and the second one need a lot work to do and you run a risk to get a lot new marks if you don't have the right tools. Actually, most of us don't mind some tiny marks around this beautiful rose. One of my customer told me it will "make the rose look more real and unique", she brought the ring at the summer market in Rimini Italy.
By now you should have a pretty rose ring, right? If you have any questions, just ask :)

March 6, 2013

Simple Silver Earrings update

There are five new earrings I added/will add into my Etsy shop in this month.
They are created for a simple urban looking, belong to my everyday collection.
Silver Disc Earrings
Hammered silver disc earrings
Brass dot sterling silver earrings
Twist wire sterling silver hoop
Hammered copper disc on sterling silver ear wires
Round & Round, textured copper disc on sterling silver hoop
Available Here
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