Colossal Links

Wave Link

Details

Level: Intermediate        Sessions: 1        Hours: 4 hours

Project Overview

Learn silver soldering while creating an eclectic linked bracelet. We will twist and bend wire to form fun shapes from square, triangle and bead wire. For those who don’t wear bracelets you can use the links for earring or even a necklace.


Tools 

  • Bench Block (steel or anodized aluminum) - Used as a hammering surface for metal stamping or working with metal. 

  • Chasing hammer – Used for chasing/moving metal. In my classes chasing hammers are used to create hammer marks on metal and riveting. Instructor will provide for every class needed. 

  • Tool Hand Tools

    Basic hand tools – Any quality is appropriate for my classes. These do not need to be high end or expense.

    • Round nose - Typically it is preferred that the round nose be a fine tip. Especially for classes with detailed wire work.
    • Chain/needle nose – Tapered jaws for general metal and wire work. Non-serrated are requested for all of my classes. Typically requested for classes to be used for opening and closing jump rings; in which case, 2 pairs are requested or a combination of chain nose and flat nose is suitable.
    • Flat nose – Similar to chain nose but the jaws are not tapered. Non-serrated are requested for all of my classes. 
  • Heavy Duty Cutters – Although any heavy duty cutter will work, if they are flush, they will make your work a lot easier. Cutter should be able to cut through 10g wire. (Many cutters imprint their cutting capacity on the inside of the handle.) Keiba and Xuron are recommended.

     

  • Tool Magnifier or Optivisor

    Magnifier or Optivisor – For almost all classes this is listed as an “As Needed” tool. If you have sight challenges it is recommended that you are properly prepared. For advance stone setting classes this is required! If you decide to use reading glasses consider better than 2.5x. 

     

  • Mini Stepped MandrelOptional. Handy tool for wire work making loops, jump rings and shaping small pieces of metal. 

     

  • Nylon nose parallel pliers – Parallel action provides even pressure while holding firm. I love using nylon parallel pliers to manipulate my metal. Parallel pliers were my favorite pliers until they made nylon nose parallel pliers. For almost all projects these pliers are optional. You may use regular nylon nose and parallel nylon nose interchangeably. 

  • Nylon nose pliers – Flat nose pliers with PVC grips o the heads. Mostly used for straightening wire. In my classes they are used to prevent marring when bending metal. Only required for some classes, but this is mostly an optional item. 

  • Side Cutters - Also known as wire cutters or snippers.

    For many of my classes I prefer Ultra Flush side cutters because it eases the workload. Ultra flush is the most flush you can buy as opposed to just flush cutters. If you don't own a pair of Ultra Flush cutters, you may want to invest in a good pair either Lindstrom or Swanstrom. There is usually not a different in price between ultra and just flush cutters so why not just buy the best?

    The image shows just a side cutter (top) and ultra flush (bottom).

     

  • Optional Soldering Kit

    Items in this Soldering Kit will be provided for use during the class. If you are interested in ordering a kit please click on the image. Kit includes: Butane torch, butane, 1 tube solder paste, fire tweezers, copper tweezers, Sparex, tripod with mesh, flux, soldering board. (Note: kit will be delivered at class. If you require the kit prior to class please contact us to make arrangements. 

  • Student Files – Standard size is 2/o. For filing metal. . Instructor will provide to share for every class needed.