by Melissa. Hi Rena, how are you? I am trying to find ideas and suggestions on different ways to make a "Beading Journal" that I can keep both photos of my work along with detailed info re the findings (& lengths, etc.) I use and other relevant info. As far as I'm concerned you are like the Queen of Everything to do with Jewelry Making so I thought, after searching … [Read more...] about How to Make a Beading Journal with Photos and Text to Keep Details of My Projects?
Supplies & Resources
This is where the JMJ community can ask about sourcing supplies and discuss jewelry making tools, products and additional resources. Please keep all brand discussions honest, and professional. No brand bashing. No promoting your own product or affiliated products.
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by Rena Klingenberg. When you want to get rid of some of your jewelry components - what do you do with the unwanted stash? (I'm assuming those components are good enough quality for making jewelry.) Ideas for De-Stashing Your Unwanted Jewelry Components: Keep the unwanted components to use when creating "rough drafts" or prototypes of your new jewelry design … [Read more...] about How to De-Stash Your Unwanted Jewelry Components
by Debbie Falduto. (Chicago, Illinois) My daughter and I are having a difficult time finding a supplier for either gold plated or gold-filled chain in the U.S. We've gone through two suppliers already and had problems with the chain: On one supplier's chain, the gold plating came right off. On the other supplier's chain, people were allergic because there … [Read more...] about Source for Quality Gold-Filled or Gold Plated Chain?
by Pam Valente. Does anyone have long term experience with Zamak findings, which are supposed to be of similar quality as Brighton? Does the plating last? Thanks, Pam Valente … [Read more...] about Any Experiences with Zamak Findings?
by Cricket. (Arkansas) I have a hard time finding brass and copper jewelry wire. Where can I purchase it? Cricket … [Read more...] about Sources for Brass and Copper Jewelry Wire?
by Leslie Hirschberg. (Rancho Mirage, CA) I would like to know a source for better quality findings, such as ribbon ends, than the usual large jewelry manufacturers. Anyone know how to find findings made for commercial use? Thanks. Leslie Hirschberg … [Read more...] about Sources for Higher Quality Jewelry Findings?
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 … [Read more...] about Source for Snap Settings That Aren’t Earring or Pendant Settings?
by Denise Margart. (Mount Shasta, CA) I have questions about using a kick press machine vs. a hand press to set decorative rivets and spots in leather. Which would be better for designing with small and intricate rivets/spots, and which type would be best for setting hardware really close together without crushing the hardware next to it? I make leather bracelets … [Read more...] about Kick Press Machine vs. Hand Press for Applying Rivets and Spots?
by Cheryl. I’m just starting out and I would like to stamp spoons and cutlery. I read that I will need premium stamps. Can anyone suggest some for me that aren’t crazy expensive? Cheryl … [Read more...] about What Kind of Stamps for Stamping Spoons?
by Jane Petersen. (Madison, WI) Has anyone ever used the Jewelry Designer Manager or other software for tracking supplies and sales? I use an Excel program, but it has its limitations plus I have no record of what finished product I've sold. This program, from what I've discerned from their website, uses photos. Is it easy to load photos, mark them sold, … [Read more...] about Jewelry Accounting
by Pamella Bowen. Last summer, in an effort to get a jump on the new trends, I went online. I found that tassels were going to be all the rage, so I made lots of tassel necklaces. They didn't sell. Now, I am seeing tassels in the craft stores and on mannequins in the mall. One of the 2016-17 trends is supposed to be "duster" earrings that hang down to the … [Read more...] about Following Trends: Tassels and Duster Earrings?
by Sharon Berg. Would a jewelry technique learned in a free or paid online tutorial be usable in producing “original’ jewelry without the teacher’s consent? Many of us need to learn the techniques somewhere and then use them to create original pieces. I’m not talking about copying the specific jewelry item, but rather using the “technique” learned during the … [Read more...] about Is It OK to Make Original Jewelry Using a Technique Learned from a Tutorial?