Pattern & Gallery Wire Guide: The 411

Pattern & Gallery Wire Blog

Pattern wire is fun, versatile, and easy to create with. We sell it in heavier gauges, making it strong and durable for a whole array of jewelry projects. When I first began playing with pattern wire I made bangles, earrings and a tube bezeled ear cuff, just to feel it out and find it’s limitations. The only issue I had was cutting it, since the wire cutters in the Halstead studio weren’t strong enough, but that was easily solved with a jewelers saw. Grab some pattern wire and have some fun, I sure did!

Pattern Wire:

SWG103: Tribal
SWG103: Tribal

SWG1903: Dolphin
SWG1903: Dolphin

SWG1904: Heart
SWG1904: Heart

SWG151: Square Cushion
SWG151: Square Cushion

SWG210: Twist Scroll
SWG210: Twist Scroll

SWG251: Florentine
SWG251: Florentine

SWG307: Greek
SWG307: Greek

SWG314: Twisted Rope
SWG314: Twisted Rope

SWG315: Renaissance
SWG315: Renaissance

SWG361: Diamond
SWG361: Diamond

SWG371: Fleur de Lis
SWG371: Fleur de Lis

SWG415: Hammered
SWG415: Hammered

SWG514: Crossed Ribbons
SWG514: Crossed Ribbons

SWG518: Floral
SWG518: Floral

SWG522: Beaded Edge
SWG522: Beaded Edge

Pattern & Gallery Wire Blog
While gallery wire is necessary, it definitely doesn’t need to be boring. We’ve really bulked up our gallery wire section with the width ranging from 2.5mm to 18mm. Go small or big, we have you covered!

Gallery Wire:

SWG135: Flower
SWG135: Flower

SWG297: Open Dolphin
SWG297: Open Dolphin

SWG340: Perforated
SWG340: Perforated

SWG356: Fleur
SWG356: Fleur

SWG397: Perforated
SWG397: Perforated

SWG508: Art Deco Vine
SWG508: Art Deco Vine

SWG512: Circle Deco
SWG512: Circle Deco

SWG513: Open Pointed Flower
SWG513: Open Pointed Flower

SWG516: Flower
SWG516: Flower

SWG918: Open Quatrefoil
SWG918: Open Quatrefoil

SWG953: Loop
SWG953: Loop

SWG1956: Greek
SWG1956: Greek

SWG1974: Open Daisy
SWG1974: Open Daisy

You will also enjoy these Halstead articles on how to use pattern wire and gallery wire:

Soldering Half Round Wire & Pattern Wire for Rings

How to Buy Bezel Strip Wire

3 Ways to Set Raw Crystal Points using Sterling Silver Findings

How to Buy Ring Making Material

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30 Ways to Incorporate Your Love of Jewelry into Summertime!

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Summer is next week–can you believe it?! Are you ready?! One of my most favorite things to do in the summer is to plan activities that I wouldn’t normally get to do…this involves taking days off from work, surrounding myself with people I love, and living my best life. I also like making lists or a group of goals to complete over the summer–they can be wishful thinking or very, very serious. I thought it would be fun to put together a list of 30 Ways to Incorporate Your Love of Jewelry just in time for summer!

1. Pick a gemstone, any gemstone, and learn all about it.

2. Find a gem show that is coming to your area and attend!

3. Have a gem or mineral specimen collection? Reorganize it in a cool way.

4. Plan a trip to go gem mining.

5. Do you have a favorite Instagrammer in our jewelry community? Plan a summer meetup.

6. Pick a state that is somewhat close to you, and research the best jewelry store they have to offer. Plan a visit!

7. Make a cool treat on a hot day–these gem ice trays can be filled with any fruity liquid!

8. Find a gemstone print top, bathing suit or towel and wear it to the beach.

9. Reserve a day at the nail salon and go for a gemstone manicure!

10. Buy that jewelry book you’ve been eyeing and lay by the pool with it!

11. Scout out some amazing flowers in your city, buy them, and take some jewelry photos with them.

12. Find a new way of wearing some of your favorite pieces of jewelry.

13. Take a day to clean your most-worn pieces of jewelry.

14. Plan a SWAP party with friends that also love jewelry.

15. Pick a time period you don’t know as much about as your favorite jewelry period, and learn about it!

16. Spend an entire day “hunting” for antique jewelry online–but do it by a pool.

17. Learn about crystal healing and depending on where you live, schedule an appointment with an expert.

18. Throw a gemstone-themed party!

19. Learn about a new designer you’ve never heard of before.

20. Need a new way to store your jewelry? Splurge on a jewelry cabinet and reconfigure it if necessary.

21. Take a jewelry making class.

22. Decide on creating a charm bracelet or necklace–gather charms, buy some new ones and put it together.

23. Get something very special and sentimental made into a piece of jewelry.

24. Size all of your fingers and keep it written down.

25. Get registered to bid at your favorite auction houses.

26. Put on all your favorite Art Deco jewels and watch a 1920s old movie.

27. Hit up your local estate sales or garage sales. You never know!

28. Tell someone thank you by gifting them a piece of jewelry.

29. Get lost on Pinterest by searching “antique jewelry” or “jewelry.”

30. Pick your favorite medium (water colors, arcryllics, pencil, etc) and try drawing/painting a diamond.

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