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Rectangle Links with Wubbers Parallel Mandrel Pliers

Making your own chain opens up a lot of new design possibilities, and guess what?  It is no longer tedious!  This tutorial is about the mechanics of forming rectangle links.  For information on fusing Argentium® Sterling Silver, adding texture to your creations, and finishing techniques, be sure to check out the other Wubbers University tutorials.

ACutting Square Rings600

Using 14-gauge dead soft Argentium® Sterling Silver, roll the wire around the jaws of the Wubbers Rectangle Parallel Pliers (8 x 4mm), forming about 4-6 links at a time.  You can saw the links, but a good alternative would be to cut the links while the coil of wire is still on the jaws of the pliers with a pair of Lindstrom shears.

a Cut Rings600

You will notice that the links are not perfectly squared at this point, but that’s OK because that can easily be done with the Wubbers Rectangle Parallel Pliers after fusing or soldering the links.

aAngled Cut 600

The Lindstrom shear will most often leave an angled cut.  As long as the link closes well, the angle will not cause a problem.  When using 18- or 20-gauge wire, the link will close very well.  However, when using 16- and especially 14-gauge (as shown above), there is often a small v-shaped divot missing from the wire.  When working with Argentium® Silver, then often the small divot will not be noticeable after fusing, hammering, and texturing the link.  However, sometimes it helps to “clean up” the cut ends of the wire.

aClip End 600

One method that can be used to get a more perfect closure is to clip the ends flush using a good heavy-duty flush cutter.  Just a small amount of wire will need to be removed, requiring just a quick clip of a tiny point off the tip of the wire.

aGrinding End600

My favorite way to clean up the cut ends of the wire is to use a cutting disk.  After closing the link to get the ends lined up with each other, open the link slightly so that the cutting disk easily fits into the opening.  When using lighter gauge wire, I squeeze the ends together so that they both touch the cutting disk at the same time, creating the perfect join.  Heavy gauge wire is harder to manipulate.  Holding the cutting disk at a 90-degree angle to the wire, touch one end of the wire, then the other.  With a little practice, this method will work perfectly for heavier-gauge wire.

A Fused not Squared600

The link has now been fused.  Time to get it all squared up!

ASquare the End600

Because only a small space is needed for the wire, use the bolt to set about a ¼” space between the jaws of the pliers.  This will make closing the jaws easier on your hands. Simply place a narrow end of the link deep in the jaw of the pliers for maximum leverage.  Give a squeeze to flatten that end of the link.  Repeat on the opposite end.  Check to make sure that the two narrow ends are parallel to each other, adjusting as needed.

aSquare the corner600

Turn the link to square and straighten the longer sides.  Start by squaring each corner of the link, then moving toward the center.

Helpful tip: When I am doing a number of links and just happen to have the larger 12 x 6mm Rectangle Parallel Pliers handy, I use them to flatten the longer side of the rectangle.  I often use this pair of pliers to flatten metal—they have the broader jaw and even greater leverage.

aFused and Squared 600

The link is now ready for adding the texture and finish of your choice.

Rectangle Bracelet Finished600

The links in this bracelet were flattened with a domed and polished chasing hammer, then textured using the Wubbers Oval Artisan’s Mark Texture hammer.  The box clasp was made using the Wubbers 8 x 4mm Rectangle Parallel Pliers.  The jump rings joining the links are 18-gauge, 4.0mm Argentium® Sterling Silver jump rings.
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Wubbers Oval Artisan’s Mark Texture Hammer

Want this tutorial as a printable PDF?  Click the link below!

Rectangle Link Tutorial PDF

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Want a FREE pair of Wubbers Pliers???

Full Shear Side by SidePatti and Laura shared their most used and recommended shears in a previous blog post. Wubbers does not manufacture or market shears, nor are we affiliated with any brand of shears, but we definitely use shears. Along with our recommendation we made the exciting announcement we are giving away a Free pair of Wubbers Pliers! 

Here is how to enter:

Visit our Facebook page by clicking on this link and share a little bit about your favorite shears. If you don’t have any, simply post a friendly hello. If you are not on Facebook, we don’t want to leave you out, so just shoot us a quick email (info@wubbersu.com). We will combine all the names and will randomly select one person to receive a brand-new pair of Wubbers pliers. Winner will be announced in a live Facebook post on April 19, 2019 starting at 12:30 pm. 

OFFICIAL RULES/TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  1. Share on our Wubbers University Facebook post a little bit about your favorite shears. If you don’t have any, simply post a friendly hello.
  2. If you are not on Facebook, write in an email to info@wubbersu.com with a little bit about your favorite shears. If you don’t have any, simply say a friendly hello.
  3. Adults, ages 18 and older, are encouraged to enter.
  4. One entry per person.
  5. Deadline for submissions is Midnight CST, April 18, 2019.
  6. Winners will be notified through private email and/or private message on Facebook. Check our Facebook* page at www.facebook.com/WubbersU for giveaway updates and announcements.
  7. Participants must be willing for their name to be posted on our websites, social media, and/or in our newsletter.

*This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. You understand that you are providing your information to the owner of this Facebook page and not to Facebook.

**By submitting your written entry, you are acknowledging you agree to the above Terms and Conditions.

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What Shear Should I Buy?

What shear should I buy?

It depends on the job that you want to do.  Wubbers does not manufacture or market shears, nor are we affiliated with any brand of shears, but we definitely use shears.  We (Laura and Patti) have searched high and low for shears that work well for our own jewelry making, and we want to share those with you.  We use two shears about 95% of the time, and they work well for most of the projects that we design.

Full Shear Side by Side

On the left is the Lindstrom Shear and on the right is the ProShear.  These two shears used in tandem will complete many, many cutting tasks.  For comparison, the length of the Lindstrom shear measures in at just over 6 inches while the ProShear measure about 7.75 inches.

If you want to cut jump rings or wire links

The Lindstrom Shear is our go-to shear for making flush cuts when making jump rings or wire links.  It has soft cushy handles and feels so nice in your hands.  It comes as close to making two flush cuts as any cutter that we have found other than a jeweler’s saw.
Cutting with Lindstrom on Parallel

Now we love sawing (well, most of the time!), but…

Sometimes it’s faster and easier to just grab our Lindstrom shears and snip.  This shear works great with bezel wire as well as non-ferrous 20- and 18-gauge wire (that means no steel!).  It works good with 16-gauge wire, but sometimes does leave a small divot when the jump ring or wire link is closed.  However, we have found that when fusing Argentium Silver®, and especially when plans include hammering and texturing, the little divot virtually disappears.  We have cut 14-gauge wire, but sometimes it requires a little clean-up.  We can tell you more about the best options for “a little clean up” in the next newsletter!

What about cutting sheet metal?

Now that’s a different sport.  While we absolutely love the Lindstrom Shears (and protect them fiercely from unscrupulous family members!), we have found that the blades are a bit short for the most effective cutting of sheet metal.  That’s when we pull out our trusty ProShear Sheet Metal Cutters.

Blades Side by Side

The length of the blades of the Lindstrom shears (left) are about 1 inch, while the ProShears’ blades measure in at about 1.9 inches.

The ProShears look like the big brother to the widely-used Joyce Chen Unlimited Scissors that metal workers often have on their workbenches. The Joyce Chen Shears measure about 6.25 inches in length as compared to the 7.75 inches of the ProShears.

The length of the blades on the ProShears makes it easier to cut sheet metal, and while not padded, we find the grips to be comfortable. These shears are longer overall and offer a bit more leverage that the Lindstrom cutters. Both the Lindstrom and the ProShears are rated to cut up to 20-gauge non-ferrous sheet metal (again, non-ferrous metals do not include steel).

 

Cutting with Lindstrom

The Lindstrom Shears cutting 24-gauge sheet metal.

Cutting with Long Shears

The ProShears cutting 24-gauge sheet metal.

Two Cuts Compared

One full snip using the Lindstrom Shears (left) and the ProShears (right).

So now that we have offered you a solution, let us offer you a little something else. Visit our Facebook page by clicking on this link and share a little bit about your favorite shears. If you don’t have any, simply post a friendly hello. If you are not on Facebook, we don’t want to leave you out, so just shoot us a quick email (info@wubbersu.com). We will combine all the names and will randomly select one person to receive a brand-new pair of Wubbers pliers. We can’t wait to hear from you, and stay tuned to next week’s tool-making tip on how to get 16- and 14-gauge jump rings and wire links to close up perfectly!

Wishing you all the joy of creating,

Patti and Laura

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Accordion Fold Bracelet

 

blue bracelet

Accordion Fold Bracelet

by Laura Scott

Materials

  • 18 gauge wire
  • 26 gauge wire
  • Ruler
  • Flush cutters
  • Wubbers Parallel Pliers (any size or shape)
  • Wubbers Round Nose Pliers
  • Wubbers Medium Round Mandrels
  • Beads of choice
  • Rubber mallet
  • Stainless steel block

1 supplies

Step One

Set your Wubbers Parallel Pliers to desired width. Begin to wrap wire around both jaws. As you wrap be sure to work your way down the jaws toward the base.  This will allow you to slip off the coil while continuing to make it longer. Be sure to not squeeze the handles while wrapping the coil.

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Step Two

Continue to wrap down the jaws until you run out of space.  Gently squeeze the pliers to allow coil to partially slide off the end. Continue to wrap the coil.

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Continue to make the coil until it is approximately 4 inches long.
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Step Three

Begin to unfold the coil by grasping two links at a time. Separate the first two from the coil by unfolding them as you would open a book.  Now take the next two links in the coil and fold them the opposite direction.  Take the next two and fold them back the direction of the first two. You will continue down the coil in this accordion style unfolding process until the coil is completely unfolded.

Note: Do not worry about unfolding the bracelet completely flat. You will flatten it in the next step.
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Step Four

Once the coil is completely accordion folded. Flatten out each section of links using your hands.  Once it is mostly flat, gently tap the links with your mallet. This will flatten the bracelet nicely while also work hardening it.
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After flattening the bracelet, curve the links into a bracelet form.

Step Five – The Clasp

Take one end of the bracelet and completely unwind the last set of links. Straighten the wire with your Wubbers Wire straighteners.  Cut the long end of wire that has been straightened down to a little over 1 inch.
clasp loop
Using your Wubbers Round Nose Pliers to roll a loop on the end of the wire,
curve

Grasp the wire a quarter of an inch below the loop with the larger jaw of the Wubbers Medium Round Nose Pliers gripping the top and the small jaw gripping the bottom of the wire.
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Now roll the wire around the pliers until the loop reaches the center of the last set of links on the bracelet.

Using flush cutters, trim extra links off of the opposite side of the bracelet from the clasp to reach desired size of bracelet.

Step Six

Using 26 gauge wire, string beads throughout each desired link of the bracelet.
beadsContinue around the bracelet until you are finished. 

bracelets

Wishing you joy in the journey,

Laura

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Introducing Wubbers Shout Out!

Would you like to be featured as a small business on our Facebook page, blog and possibly newsletter? If so, please email info@wubbersu.com. Include your business name, links to your website/Etsy store, etc., a short biography, and no more than four pictures.

We believe this will be a fun way to get to know others in our industry while encouraging all jewelry designers/makers to pursue their passion.shoutout

 

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Teeny Tiny Wubbers Give-Away!

One winner will be randomly selected in a drawing on October 4th, 2018 to receive the following prize:

1 – Teeny Tiny Wubbers Cutters

1 – Teeny Tiny Wubbers Chain Nose Pliers

1 – Teeny Tiny Wubbers Flat Nose Pliers

           OFFICIAL RULES/TERMS AND CONDITIONS  

  1. Submitted jewelry entries, created by the participant, must include the color turquoise in the design through the use of beads, cabochons, gemstones, etc.
  2. For jewelry entries made with only metal, participants must include a pair of Wubbers pliers in the photograph with the jewelry. The turquoise handles of the Wubbers pliers will qualify the metal jewelry as a submission.
  3. Jewelry makers of all levels, ages 18 and older, are encouraged to enter. If an entry is created from a tutorial or inspired by an instructor’s work, please give appropriate credits in the description of your piece.
  4. Send one photograph per email entry along with your name, phone number (for notification only), and a short description of the piece to info@wubbersu.com. Feel free to submit multiple entries in separate emails.
  5. Email entry must include the words “Teeny Tiny” in the subject line.
  6. Deadline for submissions is Midnight CST, October 4th, 2018.
  7. Winners will be notified through private email and/or phone call on October 6, 2018. Check our Facebook* page at www.facebook.com/WubbersU for giveaway updates and announcements.
  8. Participants must be willing for their name and photo entry** to be posted on our websites, social media, and/or in our newsletter.

*This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. You understand that you are providing your information to the owner of this Facebook page and not to Facebook.

**By submitting your photo entry, you are acknowledging you agree to the above Terms and Conditions.

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