Finishing jewelry with French Wire for a professional look
Today, I finish all of my hand-knotted jewelry with french wire that is attached to the clasp of the necklace. In the beginning of my jewelry making, I finished the ends of my work with clam shells. I was not truly happy with the look of the finished necklace. Going into New York, I closely examined the hand-crafted jewelry at Tiffany’s and Bergdorf Goodman’s. I could see the high end, well crafted jewelry was all finished with french wire.
I soon changed the mechanics of how I designed my jewelry. It is simple process that took my designs to another level. I read some books about French wire and also took tips from a jewelry designer from Venezuela that I became friends with in downtown Miami. I became very proud of my work and therefore could show my designs to high end boutique’s and galleries.
French Wire can be purchased from a jewelry findings supplier, I use medium silver from Myron Toback in New York City. French wire come in 3 different sizes, small, medium and large. It also comes in silver and gold color. For smaller size pearls, I use a small size gold and silver french wire.
The picture below is from the May 2015 issue of Beadstyle Magazine, showing the steps that I take when using french wire. Hope this video is helpful to anyone that would like to improve their beading skills.
Myron Toback — 545 5th Ave, #1000 New York City 10017—-ask for Pat