This ring is a Double Purple Catseye with Amethyst swarovski crystals in a size 10. Notice the extensive wire working in this ring! The size is determined before bending and twisting the wires and adding the beads/crystals, therefore if you require a size in a style I have listed, contact me so I can create one in your size.
I use 22 gauge square half-hard wire in silver, yellow brass, bronze and copper that is non tarnishing. (See descriptions below)
I incorporate several styles of beads and Swarovski Crystals in the rings. Most rings of the base saddle -wrap style will have wire that I have twisted as I work the rings.
(German silver or new silver, does not actually contain any silver at all. Nickel silver jewelry wire gets its name from the fact that it has the same bright white shine of silver, but it is actually an alloy of copper, nickel and sometimes zinc. Not only is nickel silver jewelry wire a great economic alternative to sterling silver jewelry wire, but it’s also highly resistant to corrosion – it’s a malleable, yet durable choice for jewelry makers.
Brass, the bright, musical metal, has been a jewelry favorite for thousands of years. An alloy of copper containing 33% zinc, yellow brass jewelry wire has a muted yellow color that is very similar to gold. Yellow brass jewelry wire looks even more like gold after it has been freshly polished.
But of course, yellow brass wire is far less expensive than gold! Not only is yellow brass jewelry wire an inexpensive alternative for gold, but its malleability is also similar to gold. Its user-friendliness has made yellow brass jewelry wire a jeweler’s favorite since the dawn of history.
Bronze is stronger than copper, but at a fraction of the price! Bronze wire can be used as a practice wire for your more intricate designs, or can be polished brightly to shine on its own. Bronze is a copper alloy, often with silicon, tin, or aluminum added. Bronze has been used for thousands of years in weaponry, pottery, and of course, jewelry.
Copper is a base metal that’s fairly malleable—it measures a 2.5 on Mohs scale! Copper wire is a great metal to practice new patterns and designs on! Copper has been used for millennia in statues, pottery, jewelry, coins, and ornaments—a copper pendant was found in northern Iraq that dates to 8700 BC! Due to its antibacterial nature, it’s commonly used in hospitals and plumbing. Copper can be combined with other elements, like tin and zinc, to produce strong alloys such as bronze and brass)