Adding texture to metal can add interest to your handmade jewelry, and fortunately you don’t have to own an expensive rolling mill to make cool textures in metal. New to Rings & Things’ tool offerings is the Tube-Wringer, a hand-held tool that corrugates metal. With just a few turns of a turn key, you can expand your metalwork design possibilities!
Tube-Wringer how-to tips:
A bit of hand strength is necessary to corrugate metal with the Tube-Wringer; here are some helpful hints to get the best results:
>> Use dead soft metal – Either buy metal that is not fully hardened off, like Vintaj Natural Brass blanks, or anneal the metal with a torch.
>> Use a lighter gauge metal – The Tube-Wringer works with metal up to 24-gauge thick, but if you’re having trouble, try a lighter gauge metal. Light-weight metal works great for earrings, or it can be riveted or soldered onto heavier metal for pendants.
>> Use metal blanks with a thinner width–The Tube-Wringer will accommodate a piece of metal up to 2-1/2 inches wide, but the wider the metal you corrugate, the more hand strength required.
>> Wear rubber-coated work gloves – The Tube-Wringer is made of steel, which isn’t comfortable to grasp; wearing rubber-coated work gloves will improve your grip and comfort.
>> Try again – If the first time through the Tube-Wringer doesn’t produce the perfect corrugation, just line everything up and run the blank through again.
>> Follow instructions on Ganoksin to modify the Tube-Wringer: http://www.ganoksin.com/borisat/nenam/tube-wringer-tool-modification.htm
Ready to make earrings?
You will need these supplies:
Vintaj® Natural Brass® Metal Blanks (I used stock #88-102-02-0)
Earring Hooks (I used stock #34-563-20-SF)
Bulk Jump Rings (I used stock #37-178-6)
TierraCast® Metal Heishi Beads (I used stock #49-957-04-1)
Glass E Beads (I used stock #23-264-401)
And you will need these tools:
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