▪ Weekly Wire Blog ▪

The Weekly Wire is my mini-blog. Here's where I'll...

  • let you know what's new on the site — content, questions in the Q&A section, jewelry hot-off-the-bench.
  • update you on new classes, events, jewelry shows and other interesting goings-on in the hodgepodgerie world.
Apr 06, 2014

An "in-gauging" question

First off I want to thank you for your site! So much info available for free. Unfortunately, in my journey to learn metal work I have not always found

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Apr 06, 2014

how do i keep liver of sulfur patina on enameled copper?

I enamel cuff bracelets that are 14g copper... I love the liver of sulfur look but it rubs off after i stabilize. I can't dip enameled (glass) jewelry

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Apr 02, 2014

Tumbling ear nuts

Do you know of an easy way to contain ear nuts in the tumbler so that they are easy to find after finished tumbling? Searching through the shot for hours

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Apr 02, 2014

Stainless steel shot

Hi Stacy! I just discovered your blog and have been reading EVERYTHING for hours! I love it, it's very informative and you are very creative....your pieces

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Apr 02, 2014

Burnishing or Brightening powder?

My UK supplier sells both of these, for use with steel, ceramic or stainless steel shot. No extra detergent is advised. I am guessing that the 'burnish'

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Mar 09, 2014

Aluminum 12/10 gauge

Can I tumble aluminum (all gauges) successfully? To get rid of sharp edges, burrs, harden and polish up? I am having fun designing and making jewelry

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Mar 09, 2014


Absolutely love this site!! I am just starting to learn metal smithing and wire work jewelry and need LOTS of help! Do you have any online/video tutorials

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Mar 09, 2014

mandrel size for Love Me Knots

Hi Stacy, I'd like to make some knots in smaller gauge wire - 18 and 20g. and wondered what size mandrel I'd need use for each of those gauges and how

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Nov 11, 2013

Is LOS a permanent treatment?

How permanent is the LOS patina when applied to hot silver within hot water? Stacy's Answer: Not permanent at all. It is a patina surface treatment and

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Nov 11, 2013


I left my silver chain in the solution too long, how can I reverse it? Thanks, Geri Stacy's Answer: What solution Geri? Liver-of-sulfur? For LOS, you can

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