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Jewelry  Making Terms -- F

figaro (chain) Figaro is a style of curb chain that uses both large and small links combined to make the chain.  The links are twisted in the curb style so that the chain will lie flat.  Figaro Style Jewelry Making Chain
figure 8
connector
A figure 8 connector is a wire component made of two loops back-to-back.  The resulting wire is in the shape of the number 8 and can be used to connect wire components, one in each loop.  View how to make a figure 8 connector here. Figure 8 Connector Jewelry Wire Component

finding

A finding is a jewelry making component, frequently made of metal.   Ear wires, head pins, eye pins and clasps are examples of findings.  View our selection of findings here. Filagree Clasp Jewelry Making Finding
fine silver Fine silver is an alloy of silver made of 99.9% pure silver with the remainder being trace impurities.  Fine Silver Jewelry Making Wire
fire polished Fire polishing is a less expensive way of polishing cut glass.  In this process heat is used to smooth the outer surface of the cut glass.  In general, fire polished beads are faceted.  Many fire polished beads are made in the Czech Republic.  Fire Polished Beads
Fine Step Jaw Pliers Fine Step Jaw Pliers are a type of step jaw pliers made specifically to work with the WigJig family of tools.  The initial step in these pliers makes a loop the size of the pegs for the WigJig Delphi, Cyclops or Centaur.  The second loop in these pliers makes a loop the size of the pegs for the WigJig Olympus, Olympus-Lite or Electra.  The third loop makes a loop 9/64" in diameter.  Because these pliers have a flat jaw and the round, stepped jaw, they do not mark the outside of the loop of wire that is made.  View these pliers here. Fine Step Jaw Pliers Jewelry Making Tool
flush cutter A flush cutter is a jewelry wire cutter that is made to cut wire leaving one side of the cut to be flush (or flat) and the other side of the cut to be sharp (pointed).  A conventional cutter will cut the wire leaving both sides semi-sharp.  One side of the jaws on a flush cutter is flat, the opposite side is beveled.  View our selection of cutters here.  Flush Cutter Jewelry Making Tool
French ear
wire
Also called a shepherd's hook, this ear wire finding is shaped as shown at right.  View French Style Ear Wires here. French Style Ear Wire Jewelry Making Finding
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