Gemstone Beads / Hardness and Grade Scale?

by N.B. For those of you that use natural gemstones – what hardness do you use? According to the research a hardness of 7 or higher is preferred for everyday wear. Have you used different hardness scales without a problem or customer complaints? Also what grading do you often buy? Does grading matter in handcrafted […]

Source for Snap Settings That Aren’t Earring or Pendant Settings?

by Linda Bartles. (Apache Junction, Arizona) I have searched and researched the internet looking for snap settings looking for those that aren’t earring settings or pendants. They must be out there somewhere because I see other wire artists’ work with them incorporated. Any help will be much appreciated. Linda Bartles Asgard Gems

Left Handed Jewelry Tools?

by Anne Nishioka. (California) I have a friend who is left handed. He gets frustrated using jewelry pliers and jewelry tools for right handed people. Does anyone make jewelry tools for left handed people? If they do where can I buy them? Thanks! Anne Nishioka

Recommend Your Favorite Tools!

by Kristin Moore. (Ohio) I have recently started learning how to solder which of course has opened up a whole new world of jewelry making! Sharing a picture of my very first project, warts and all! So I would love to hear your favorite brands or other tips for the following tools that I am […]

Crack in a Labradorite – How Did it Happen?

by Barbara Jacquin. (Uzes in the south of France) A question for you lapidary experts: One of my best customers bought a labradorite pendant, one of my nicest I think, several months ago but recently showed it to me with its new crack, vertical from top to bottom in the very middle of the stone. […]

There’s a Big Audience for Jewelry with Easy Open Clasps

by Mary Anne Enriquez. (Urban Woodswalker) May I say something to all the fantastical jewelry designers out there? There are millions of us baby boomers and we LOVE to buy hand made jewelry. A lot of us are experiencing carpal tunnel and arthritis in our hands. The types of closures make a HUGE difference in […]

Is It OK to Use a Plastic Hot Pot for Pickle?

by Karen. For metalsmithing can you use a plastic hot pot for pickle? Thanks for your help! Karen

How to Prevent Scratches on a Steel Bench Block?

by Dianne Haselfeld. (Prescott Arizona) I use a steel bench block just like everyone else – to pound on metal with a hammer. When I do this the steel gets scratched. I keep reading instructions about not using a block that is marred because the scratches, etc will transfer to what you are working on. […]

Jewelry Supply Resources in Foreign Places

by Jean BH. (Carriacou, Grenada) I live in Carriacou, Grenada and supplies to make the fancy jewelry you see online, Esty, Pinterest, etc. are not readily available. But that doesn’t stop my creative juices from flowing. I would like to think the lack of beautiful beads and threads adds an edge to my jewelry creations. […]

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