2006-07-28

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Hello Everybody!
Here are the latest updates to Eni Okenís Jewelry WebSite:

*GUEST ARTIST TUTORIAL: UNICORN PENDANT
*NEW PAGE: LINKS TO FREE BEGINNERíS WIRE WRAPPING TUTS
*STONES FOR SALE
*TIP: STAINLESS STEEL BANGLE CORE

July 28, 2006
GUEST ARTIST TUTORIAL: UNICORN PENDANT 
TADA!!! Here's the treat I've been promising for so long: I've partnered up with Sandy Hendrickson (AKA Winner of the WWJ Fantasy, Myth & Magic Competition) to bring you a book-long tutorial on her stunning Unicorn Pendant. 
The tutorial is 64 pages long (yes, that's right, 64) and has 177 steps. Definitely not for the faint of heart!!! Check out more details about the UNICORN PENDANT here: http://www.enioken.com/jewelry/tut041.html and read more about Sandy here: http://www.enioken.com/jewelry/sandy.html
 
July 27, 2006
NEW PAGE: LINKS TO FREE BEGINNERíS WIRE WRAPPING TUTS
So you have never tried to make wire jewelry before and my site has some tutorials you don't feel QUITE READY to tackle just yet. No problem. I posted a new page with some links to free basic wire wrapping lessons found on the web. My first recommendation for any novice is to become proficient in making the wrapped loop or rosary chain. 
Check out the new page with links here: http://www.enioken.com/jewelry/beginnerslinks.html
 
July 15, 2006
STONES FOR SALE
As if I didn't already have enough things to do, I've added one more: I found a fantastic supplier of stones from Brazil, and out of impulse got a small lot of cabs and faceted stones which I have posted on my site for sale. Just non-drilled this time, but they promised to drill anything I need. Yummy! 
http://www.enioken.com/jewelry/stones.html

 
July 21, 2006
TIP: STAINLESS STEEL BANGLE CORE
Recently I had to re-make a bangle which had the core wire snap, so from now on I will recommend for you, bangle makers, to use stainless steel wire as core instead of silver. 
The recommended gauge of stainless steel is 24 ga, which is pretty thin. It was already very DIFFICULT to make a wrapped loop with that -- so I don't recommend any thicker. The wire I used is the kind that is sold sometimes as "memory wire", and is easily found in jewelry supply stores. 
 
The advantage of using the stainless steel core is that, because it's thinner, you can use nicer stones to make bangles (which normally come with very tiny holes), and it will hopefully not break unless you are really *ruthless* with the jewelry. 
 
The disadvantages are that it's tricky to make a wrapped loop with such hard wire, and you have to wrap the core wire ENTIRELY, even the loops and shanks, or else the bangle looses some of the preciousness. (If you are going to take that long to make a piece of jewelry, it better look precious!). 
Oh, another disadvantage is that the stainless steel is REALLY hard to cut. Don't you use your good cutters on it or you'll ruin them. Instead, get a pair of strong regular wire cutters from the hardware store. 


Enjoy, 

Eni Oken
www.enioken.com
eni@oken3d.com


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