Wire weaving ring Tutorial

1. You need:
Copper wire (1,3 mm) 16 gauge  - 60 cm
Copper wire (0,4 mm) 26 gauge — 3 m
Chain nose pliers
Round nose pliers
Wire cutters
Miniature Horn Anvil
Needle file
Steel mandrel
Butane torch and tweezers for soldering
Board for soldering
Solid solder 18 ga (1 mm)
Maas Polishing Creme and Polishing pads
Citric acid
Liver of sulfur
Rustins lacquer for metal

3. Cut 5 identical rings of the required diameter. Use a metal cylinder for this.

4. Use the file to align the edges. The pieces of wire must fit tightly to each other.

5. We will use solid copper-phosphorus solder to make soldering. You can find two kinds of solder in my shop – 2 mm and 1 mm. They both have beautiful copper color after the soldering. Because they do not contain silver. But I prefer a thin solder because it's easier to cut. I use large cutters for 2 mm solder and small cutters for 1 mm solder. 

6. Use a plastic hammer to fix the rings.

7. I use large butane torch for copper soldering, because it can maintain a high temperature.

8. Cut a very small piece of solder and place it near the seam of the ring. Be careful if you use too large a piece, it can acquire silver color after soldering. Start warming the ring on the opposite side and move to the seam.

9. Clear all rings in the warm solution of citric acid.

10. As you can see after the cleaning the place of soldering has a perfect copper color.

11. Use steel mandrel and plastic hammer to fix the rings.

12. Cut 80 cm of 0.4 mm wire and make a weaving next way:
13. One coil around first and second rings together and next coil around second and third ring and so on. I add a new ring with every new turn. I make two coils around the fourth and fifth rings above. Then I pull the wire between the fourth and fifth rings. And I make a coil around the fourth and third rings and continue to the bottom.

14. During weaving, the wire can become rigid and break. So from time to time I heat the wire to make it soft again.

15. From time to time I use a needle to push the rings. The distance between the rings should be the same all the time.

16. When the thin wire ends or breaks, we can just take another long piece and continue the weaving.

17. Cut off excess pieces of wire and push to the base. Hide the ends between the turns on the outside side.

18. In the finale, it can be difficult to do weaving. So use a needle and pliers to continue it.

19. After the weaving is finished, cut off the excess wire and hide the ends on the outer side between the turns. And clear the ring in the citric acid.

 20. Make patina by the warm solution of liver of sulfur. 

21.  Use polishing pads and tumbler or Polishing cream to polish the ring. 


Jewelry Tutorial: copper soldering pendant Butterfly wing

You need:

  1. Agate cabochon 13x18 cm
  2. Copper bead 3 mm
  3. Copper wire 16 gauge - 55 cm
  4. Copper wire 18 gauge - 30 cm
  5. Copper wire 28 gauge - 150 cm
  6. Chain nose pliers
  7. Round nose pliers
  8. Wire cutters
  9. Hammer
  10. Miniature Horn Anvil
  11. File
  12. Butane torch
  13. Board for soldering
  14. Copper-phosphorus solder Felder 94
  15. Maas Polishing Creme and Polishing pads
  16. Citric acid
  17. Liver of sulfur
  18. Rustins laquer for metal


How to protect copper from dimming

  I like to work with copper. It's absolutely wonderful metal. And especially I like its gentle pink color, like the color of human skin. But the copper dims quickly on the air without special protection.
And I have one advice how to avoid this.

After careful polishing with polish paste or pillows, I use a special Maas metal polish cream.

 Apply a bit of cream on a dry cloth and rub the copper. Wash the jewelry with warm water and soap.

But this is not enough. I put 2 layers of special metal lacquer Rustins on the copper. The second layer should be applied 4-8 hours after the first. Now your copper jewelry is securely protected.


Twisted wire

This is very easy way of making nice twisted wire. We should use soft wire, engraver, vice and hook.

 Fold the wire in half and press 2 end in the vice. Pull the hook into the loop and engage the engraver at low speed.

 If you use too thick wire, it's best to rotate it manually, not a tool. This twisted wire is too hard. So you can use butane torch to heat it and make it soft.