Can you believe that Fall is almost here and that the holidays are
right around the corner? Now is a great time to start stocking up on
supplies and honing your jewelry-making skills.
I'm working on my web store so, in addition to my Etsy store, you'll
soon be able to buy your jewelry-making tools and supplies
right from my website. Many of you are customers of my Etsy store and I
really appreciate your business.
I've got some great new classes and workshops coming in the Fall and
Winter sessions. They're always fun and I'd love to see you at one or
more of them!
released some great new tutorials, including the long-overdue Beautiful
Bead Caps. This detailed two-part tutorial shows you how to
make the caps and use tubing to rivet (core) them to your lampwork
For those of you with busy schedules
who just don't have time for 6 weeks of classes, my 2-day Wire
Jewelry Fast Start may be just what
These intense classes are held over a full weekend and will give you a
great foundation to get you well on your way with basic wire working.
Metals" and "Riveting
Pendants" are new workshops for the Fall. Both have an
emphasis on texture, surface embellishments and cold
There is also now an interactive Jewelry
Q & A section my website which
allows you to ask (and comment on) wire and metal jewelry-making
questions. Check it out, ask questions and share your knowledge!
Cold connections are more popular than
ever. For "On The Wire" subscribers only, here's a free mini-tut
on Making a Tube Rivet.
It's one of my favorite kinds of connections. This versatile cold
connection can be used to put together multiple layers or to re-inforce
a hole punch in a piece of metal, or simply as an embellishment to add
a little pizzazz to your metal work!
mentioned above, we'll soon be adding a variety of tools and supplies
to my website,
including sheet metal and stamping shapes. I'll also be offering
some specialized money-saving kits where I've done the legwork for you
and put together the tools necessary for certain applications, such as
bead cap making, stamping metal, etc. I'll have both
materials kits for some of the tutorials and tool kits.
If you haven't been to my Etsy store hodgepodgerie
Necessities recently, you're missing some great new
additions. I'm especially excited about Eurotool's new
9-in-one texture hammer. I've found that the 3/4" texture faces are
very easy to swap
out, making it a very versatile and enjoyable tool to use.
GREAT DEAL on lower-case Economy
in my Etsy store! They're already on sale for $10 off the regular
price. Mention you're an "On The
Wire" subscriber and receive an additional 5% off the sale price! Just
email me after your purchase and I'll refund your 5%. Offer good only
on in-stock sets
while they last.
Tip: A good pair of flush cutters is an essential tool in
jewelry making arsenal. Flush cutters give you a straight edge on one
end of your cut
wire. You'll want to take good care of them to ensure years of good
service. Use these cutters for non-ferrous metals only such as copper,
silver, brass or gold. DO NOT use them on stainless steel or
wire, iron, memory wire or the popular nylon-coated beading wires, as
the cutting edge can very easily be ruined.
addition to the jewelry available on my website, I've opened a new Etsy
store called hodgepodgerie
Adornments. Check it out.
Exclusive offer for e-zine subscribers: 15% off any
piece from either my website or Etsy store. Email me after
purchase and I'll refund your 15%.
good through September 30th only.
I hope you enjoyed this edition of
"On The Wire." If you have specific interests that you'd like to see in
future editions, please let me know. All comments and feedback are