Scratches on Wire Jewelry

by Luana Vinhas.
(Brazil)

Scratches on Wire Jewelry  - Discussion on Jewelry Making Journal

Love your website, learn so much from you.
So, I’m from Brazil (sorry about the English) and I’m starting to make jewelry.

Is so difficult to me make jewelry without scratching the wire and lose quality.

Scratches on Wire Jewelry  - Discussion on Jewelry Making Journal

I send you some pictures of the materials I use.

Scratches on Wire Jewelry  - Discussion on Jewelry Making Journal

Do you have any suggestions about brands and types of wires and tools, or maybe tips how manipulate the tools to avoid scratching?

Scratches on Wire Jewelry  - Discussion on Jewelry Making Journal

Thankyou soooo much, love you <3
Luana

Luana Vinhas

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  • Luana, thank you for your lovely message! You made my day. 🙂

    You’ll find some tips and techniques for preventing / removing scratches from metal in the comments on this post: Need Help with Scratch Removal on Metal.

    I’d also love to hear more tips for this! 🙂

  • Becky says:

    Use Tool Magic on your tools. You won’t get any scratches.

  • Lynda says:

    Tool Magic is great, but in a pinch wrap the jaws of your pliers with blue painters tape.

  • Becky says:

    Good idea, Lynda!

  • Johanna says:

    If your pliers have sharp or rough edges they can scratch your wire. “Dress” your pliers by lightly sanding the edges with a fine grade of sandpaper (I use 600 grit or finer) until they feel silky smooth to the touch. Repeat this process anytime it is needed.

  • Gail says:

    Sometimes we will get marks on your metal if we are holding our tools to tight, putting to much pressure on them. Especially using soft wire. Try lightening up on your grip (but still be able to hold everything) and see if that makes a difference, 🙂

  • jaqui says:

    In addition to painter’s tape you can also use masking tape or any similar tape. I’ve found it to be an inexpensive and quickly usable solution – no waiting for Tool Magic to dry.

  • I have the same problem occasionally, especially using tinned copper (as shown in your photo). It’s a very soft wire and prone to dings and gougers while working with it, but it’s so great for hammering and a great colour. I absolutely love the stuff and use miles of it in my own work.

    Lightly — very lightly — file the burr or gouge with a diamond file so you don’t wear away the tin. Yes, you may still see a mark, but at least any picky bits will be minimised, and won’t catch on anything. This works with bare copper, sterling silver — any wire that isn’t coated or coloured.

    Barbara

  • Deb says:

    You can also buy plastic tubing, like the type that they use for aquarium filters, and cut off short pieces and put it on the tips of your pliers. Sometimes I also go over my dings with clear nail polish, as a kind of smooth them over and fills them in. Another thing I like to do is hold an eye glass cleaning cloth between my wire and my plier. This works very well for me, as does duct tape on pliers

  • Deb, thanks for mentioning those solutions! 🙂

  • Bonnie says:

    If I am working with a soft wire, sterling or copper, I always work with tools that have been dipped in Tool Magic. It applies a thin coating of a rubber like material that protects your wire from any sharp edges or scratches that may be on the flat surfaces of your pliers.

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