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Magnetic Clasp

magnetic clasp jewelry making finding
A magnetic clasp is a jewelry making finding made of a pair of magnets with a silver, silver-plated, gold, gold-plated or gold-filled cover to which the magnets have been glued. The magnetic property of attraction keeps the clasp closed. The clasp can be easily opened by tugging gently to overcome the magnetism.  Magnetic clasps are easy to put on, but do have some disadvantages.  The magnet in the clasp is attracted to any material containing iron.  This can mean that your bracelet will attach to your "silverware" when the silverware isn't made of silver or has some stainless steel content. 

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Master Coiler

master coiler jewelry tool

The Master Coiler Jewelry Tool is a type of step jaw pliers.  These pliers make consistent sized loops in jewelry wire while minimizing marks on the jewelry wire.  Each of the 3 steps makes a different sized loop, allowing designers to make loop sizes consistently in their wire designs.  The master coiler type tool that we recommend for use with our WigJig jewelry tools is our Fine Step Jaw Pliers.  These pliers have a first step that is sized to work with the pegs on the WigJig Delphi, Cyclops, Centaur or Centaur Lite jewelry tools.  The second step on the Fine Step Jaw Pliers is sized to work with the pegs on the WigJig Olympus, Electra or Olympus-Lite jewlery tools.  The steps in most step jaw pliers, including the steps in the Master Coiler are larger. 

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Memory Wire

memory wireMemory wire is a special kind of wire that is hardened into a round shape. The hardening process preserves the round shape and makes this wire excellent for beaded necklaces, bracelets and rings. "Memory" refers to the strong tendency of the wire to return to its original round shape, even after being stretched out.  Usually, Memory Wire is used to make jewelry items by stringing beads onto the almost permanently round shape of the memory wire.  Memory Wire comes in sizes for making rings, bracelets or necklaces. 

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