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Hi everyone! My name is Brianne and I'm a jeweler from Kauai, Hawaii. I started making jewelry when I was 14, and I've been hooked ever since! Two years ago I quit my full time job so I could become a full time jeweler. It's been a fun/crazy/exciting ride so far! Follow my company on Instagram (@iwinani) if you'd like to see my latest projects :)

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  • iwinani commented on iwinani's instructable Bangle Bracelet With Tahitian Pearl1 year ago
    Bangle Bracelet With Tahitian Pearl

    Hi there!I only use natural, untreated pearls, so they hold up well in the tumbler (my tumbler only has steel shot, water, and gentle dish soap, so no harsh cleaning chemicals or anything). If you are using pearls that have been treated or dyed, it's very possible that the color can fade when put in a tumbler.

    Hi!So there are different types of wire (dead soft, half hard, hard etc.). Each job your doing can require a different hardness of wire. But for bangles, I like to use 12 gauge dead soft wire. I know it sounds confusing, but 12 gauge dead soft isn't actually soft and flimsy. It's easy to cut and shape, and as soon as you hammer the bangle, it will be work hardened (hammering makes metal harder). I purchase all of my metal from www.riogrande.com. The item number is #107372Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions :)

    Hi there!I buy as much as I can afford! Lol. With Rio Grande, the more you buy, the more you save. So if you're able to buy a bunch at one time, then thats great! I typically purchase between 5-10 feet of wire at a time (but I place orders with them just about every 1-2 weeks). Since I use wire cutters to cut the wire to the exact size I need, I just place an order for how ever many feet I will need ;)

    Hi there!The pearls on these bangles actually slide around the wire. If you'd like them to stay in place, you could always drill the hole smaller so it fits tightly in the wire, then you could also add a tiny bit of epoxy to the inside of the hole to ensure it stays in place :)

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  • iwinani commented on iwinani's instructable Bangle Bracelet With Tahitian Pearl1 year ago
    Bangle Bracelet With Tahitian Pearl

    Aloha Sara!So sorry for the late reply. But yes, they are turning pink because they are being overheated. Too much heat will cause the gold outer layer to burn off. Since jump rings are tiny, I suggest using a small flame, focus your heat on just the joint, use a small amount of easy solder and have it ready to put on the joint as soon as the jump ring is hot enough (the solder should flow pretty quickly). And most importantly, coat all of your gold fill pieces with the boric acid/alcohol mixture to help protect the gold layer. Hope this helps! :)Bri

    Thank you for the kind words! I'm happy this tutorial was able to help :) As for polishing your bangles, what type of pearls are you using? Are they dyed or natural in color?The pearls I use in my bangles are not dyed, they are completely natural in color (I use genuine Tahitian, south sea and fresh water Edison pearls). I have never had any issues with my pearls getting damaged in the tumbler. If the pearls are dyed or color treated, it is very possible that the color can rub off or fade in the tumbler. When I polish my bangles, I like to use my polishing machine to go over the solder joint, just to make it extra clean. Then I throw all of my bangles in the tumbler and let them polish for at least an hour or so. In my tumbler, I use stainless steel shot (item #339097 on riogrande.com),...

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    Thank you for the kind words! I'm happy this tutorial was able to help :) As for polishing your bangles, what type of pearls are you using? Are they dyed or natural in color?The pearls I use in my bangles are not dyed, they are completely natural in color (I use genuine Tahitian, south sea and fresh water Edison pearls). I have never had any issues with my pearls getting damaged in the tumbler. If the pearls are dyed or color treated, it is very possible that the color can rub off or fade in the tumbler. When I polish my bangles, I like to use my polishing machine to go over the solder joint, just to make it extra clean. Then I throw all of my bangles in the tumbler and let them polish for at least an hour or so. In my tumbler, I use stainless steel shot (item #339097 on riogrande.com), Dawn dish soap and some water.I hope this helps, and please feel to message me if you have any more questions!Aloha,Bri

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