Stacked Patterned Wire Rings by Karen Trexler

Karen discovered her interest in jewelry and metalsmithing in 2009 when she took a jewelry class in high school. Thoroughly hooked on making and interested in expanding upon the basics of metalsmithing that she acquired from this class, she continued to study metalsmithing and jewelry design in college and received a BFA from Ball State University. Karen then continued her studies at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, and received her MFA in the spring of 2018 before joining the Cool Tools team.

In this video, Karen creates a ring by stacking patterned wire and sterling silver wire. She solders each layer together to achieve a strong bond. This easy process has endless possibilities!

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    Patterned Wire - Sterling Silver - Flower #2 - 16 gauge Dead Soft - 6" Min
    Patterned Wire - Sterling Silver - Flower #2 935 Sterling Silver. This gorgeous wire can be used for rings, bracelets, earrings and more. Can be fired in place when first depletion gilded. Use to ...
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    Wire - Sterling Silver - Dead Soft - By the Foot
    .925 Sterling Silver. Use for earwires and jump rings. Our dead soft sterling silver wire is pliable and easy to work with. Use it for your wire-wrapping bead projects and metal clay work. Can be f...
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    360° Rotating Soldering Pan With Pumice - 12" Diameter
    360° Rotating Soldering Pan This 12 inch soldering pan rotates 360º with easy access. The heat reflecting pumice is perfect for supporting your project in any position - flat or embedded. This pan...
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    Annealing Pan with Pumice - 7" Diameter
    Annealing Pan with Pumice 7" diameter annealing pan on lazy susan rotating base. Includes pumice. Convenient and easy to move in and out of place for soldering and firing operations. Steel pan is 2...
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    Silver Solder Cut Pieces
    Silver Solder Cut Pieces Never waste time cutting solder again! Our new pre-cut solder packs feature perfectly cut solder pieces that are ready to go. These 1/2 oz, time-saving solder packs are the...
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    Silver Solder Paste
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    Bench Block - Steel & Rubber 4"
    Bench Block - Steel & Rubber 4" Try this versatile bench block for all your stamping and dapping needs. 4" x 4" steel block sits inside rubber base. Hard vulcanized rubber is excellent when a s...
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    Scotch-Brite™ Pads
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    Handy Flux 7 oz
    Handy Flux Durable and powerful general purpose flux that protects your parts up to 1600°F / 870°C. It is an active fluoride-type flux which is appropriate for all nonferrous metals and begins to m...
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    Solder Pick - Titanium
    Solder Pick - Titanium Titanium solder pick will not stick to solder! No more sanding off solder slobber. Color may vary. This style with a non-roll handle features a titanium shaft which is the ab...
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    Soldering Board - Honeycomb
    Soldering Board - Honeycomb Honeycomb structure distributes heat evenly and helps prevent overheating. Hard ceramic board with honeycomb perforations throughout makes this a favorite board for sold...
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    Soldering Board - Solderite - Hard
    Soldering Board - Solderite - Hard Non-asbestos soldering pads which are durable smooth and heat-reflective. Fairly hard so as not to flake or crumble. Highly flame-resistant and non-combustible th...
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    Stepped Ring Mandrel with Base
    Stepped Ring Mandrel with Base Use to form metal clay rings and wax ring designs. Makes whole sizes. The base turns this mandrel into the perfect third hand when ring making. Ring Making in Metal...
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    Mandrel - Tapered Ring Mandrel - Steel
    Mandrel - Tapered Ring Mandrel - Steel Indispensible tool for rounding or enlarging rings and also for forming metal clay rings. Use with a rawhide mallet or nylon hammer to avoid distorting your w...
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    Diamond Needle File Set
    Diamond Needle File Set Each economy diamond needle file is 5.5" long with medium grit diamond electroplated onto high-grade steel. Set includes: round, half-round, flat, three-square, square, ward...
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    Big Shot Industrial Torch
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    Diamond File Set 10 Piece Multi Shape
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    Diamond Needle File Set of 10 - Fine
    Diamond Needle File Set Use this diamond file set to file metal. Very fine diamond abrasive. This carving and sanding file is excellent for use with metal clay greenware.
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    Torch Firing Kit
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    Patina Gel - Liver of Sulfur in Gel Form - 2 oz
    Cool Tools Patina Gel Cool Tools Patina Gel is liver of sulfur in a stabilized gel form. Not only is it the most convenient, easiest way to use liver of sulfur, but amazingly it does not degrade in...
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    Soft & Flexible Sanding Block - 1 Block
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    Utility/Flux Brush 3/8" - Pk/3
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    Red Sable Water/Paste Brush #1
    Red Sable Water/Paste Brush #1 Top quality red sable brush made with pure red sable for smooth application of water or paste. This size is perfect for applying paste to joints. Keep at least one in...
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    Xuron Microshear with Retainer
    Xuron Microshear with Retainer The original Micro-Shear Flush Cutter is ergonomically sized and shaped to fit comfortably in the hand. This model comes with wire retaining clip - a handy device tha...
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    Ultra Flush Precision Sidecutters
    Ultra Flush Precision Sidecutters Use to trim a wire close to a surface for rivets or cut lengths of wire with a flush end. Jaws pass one another ever so slightly but do not touch, and therefore do...
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    Tweezers - Stainless Steel Cross-lock
    Tweezers - Stainless Steel Cross-lock Use when you need to hold items still for assembly. Acts as a third hand. Great for soldering small parts! Squeeze to open, place your part into the jaws and r...
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    Tweezers - Fibergrip Cross Lock
    Tweezers - Fibergrip Cross Lock Great for soldering small parts! Squeeze to open, place your part into the jaws and release. Your part is locked in place, allowing you hold your part easily for pos...
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    Torch Firing Kit with Rotating Pan
    Torch Firing Kit with Rotating Pan Solder or fire fine silver clays with this kit. Includes the Micro Torch adjustable flame butane torch, firing shelf and a rotating pan with pumice and a detachab...
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    Cool Cup - Soldering Cup with Tweezer
    Cool Cup - Soldering Cup with Tweezer Protect heat sensitive stones when soldering! This cup is a jeweler's dream for soldering rings when re-sizing. Just fill the cup with cold water and submerge ...
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    Rotating Square Platform with Solderite Board
    Rotating Square Platform with Solderite Board This Rotating Square Platform for Soldering comes with a 6" x 6" Solderite™ Board. This Eurotool exclusive rotates 360° on a smooth swivel base allowin...
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    Big Buddy Turbo Torch
    Big Buddy Butane Refillable Turbo Torch The Big Buddy features a very powerful 2500º turbo flame and up to 60 minutes of continuous burn time, all in a light weight portable design. It provides pow...
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    Flexible Turbo Torch FX-1000
    Flexible Turbo Torch FX-1000 Enjoy professional power and everyday use with the Blazer Flexible Turbo Torch FX-1000. This versatile tool features a powerful 2500°F wind resistant torch flame, an in...
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    Carbon Steel Diamond Needle File Set of 10 - Fine
    Carbon Steel Diamond Needle File Set of 10 Use this diamond file set to file metal or metal clay. Very fine diamond abrasive. Each file features a gripped handle for ease of use. With the variety o...

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