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Please see my new blog for official instructions on this rubber channel. http://shoozles-wearyourart.blogspot.com/2008/09/hidden-rubber-channel-alternative-to.html

When I started fusing 8 years ago, the silver bails you see on pendants were nowhere to be found so all my pendants were made with a channel that was made with fiber paper. The fiber paper does not burn in the kiln therefore it leaves a channel/hole that goes through the glass pendant. It was all I knew when I began fusing, then I discovered wire wrapping and that evolved then came the standard silver bails. I am as usual looking for innovated ways to make pendants look and function different. Early this summer I started making sterling silver roll bails those are nice too and it really steps up the piece since the silver is expensive and I necklaceon2.jpgmake the bails by hand. Within the last few weeks I have been working on a new way to wear the pendants- A no bail alternative to all these other devices.1tubedetail.jpg

This is called the hidden rubber channel. I spent some time wearing and testing the strength of this and have found it to be quite nice, not to mention how great is lays on a neck, plus comfort. I have to say the thing I like best about it -NO BAIL, the piece stands on it’s own like art hanging in a gallery.

If you have any questions about the hidden rubber channel jurubberbail.jpgst drop me a line. Trust me it is a great new way to wear pendants. To find products with this alternative channel go to http://shoozles.etsy.com

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Do you ever just need to know something about Glass? Lampwork, Fusing, Stained Glass, Enameling ? I could continue with the list of glass categories but I won’t LOL. But do you just ever need an answer and the internet doesn’t quite give you what you need?

Well the EGA-Etsy Glass Artists Street Team, have a great new feature on their website called “Ask The Artist”. You can submit your glass question to the EGA glass community from this website and the TEAM will do the very best to answer your glass related inquiry as fast as possible. It is then added to the EGA website for all to view and learn from. Lis kidder is all about educating the public about the wonderful world of glass, she and our team would love to hear from you.

Here is the site, just click on the fun question mark at the right and submit a glass question for us. http://www.etsyglass.com/

Maybe one day there will be a question only I can answer HA! To be so important LOL

 

Wire wrapping opens up a world of possibilities for your jewelry designs. I am self taught so you will have to bear with me, and I am not into the fancy stuff. This is just the basics.

So get your stuff and lets wrap a cab together!

You will need

  • Round nose pliers
  • Small sharp wire cutters
  • Pointed pliers.
  • 22 g or 20 g wire (you might want to practice with artistic wire first, less pain on the pocket if you mess up).
  • The most important thing you need is some beautiful grooved glass cabs.
    Now that you have all of the necessary tools and supplies, you can begin.Fit the wire into the cab groove

Step 1

Cut a length of wire 16 to 18 cm long (depending on the cab size). You might want to go longer at first, but this is generally what I start with. Straighten the wire out.

Cross the wire ends

Step 2

Take your grooved cab and push the wire into the groove on one side, then bend it around the bottom of the cab and fit it into the groove on the other side.

TwistStep 3

While holding the wire securely in the groove on both sides, bring the two ends together at the top of the cab. As you come to the center point, cross the two ends over each other, and begin twisting them together.

Be careful at this stage not to over twist, especially when using sterling, as it can snap the wire. I usually do not twist it more than two times. Never use the pliers to tighten your twist, because you will mar and weaken the wire.

Clip Grip Make a loopStep 4

Clip the shorter end of the two pieces of wire. With the fat end of your round nose pliers, grip the base of the twist, and wrap a loop around the pliers.

Wrap
Step 5
Now you should have a wire wrapped cab with a twist and loop, lets finish it off. With your round nose pliers still in the loop, take the excess wire and wrap it around under the loop, then around the twist.

Keep wrapping down until you reach the back of the cab. Cut the excess wire, and tuck the sharp edge under, toward the cab. If the loop looks a little wonky, just take the flat part of your pliers and gently squeeze the loop to make it straight.

You are finished! Whew! Now it’s a pendant!

tutti frutti petiteNew kids line of petite pendants, just like mom, little girls want jewelry too. I have done these as special request in the past but I decided it was time to just add them to my shop, hopefully as a regular item. Last year I made a whole batch for a lady for Christmas gifts for her daughters friends. it was a true hit! She told me how proud they all were to have jewelry that was different and fun. Scaled to their size and colorful wants with a cord made for their tiny neck. Look for these new little cuties in my shop and make a little girl happy.