by Pat. (Tega Cay, SC) I have bags of crimps or spacer beads. The problem is that I now don’t know which is which. Any ideas on how I can tell them apart? The bags are not marked. Thanks! Pat … [Read more...] about Crimp Beads or Spacer Beads – How Can I Tell Which is Which?
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 Thomas Edwin. What type of solder could I use that is 100% lead free and will remain bright and silvery after cleaning with citric acid? I plan on building a copper shotgun condenser for alcohol purification. After I solder the copper parts together I clean the entire piece in a concentrated solution of citric acid. It cleans the copper very good but the … [Read more...] about What Type of Solder is Lead Free and Remains Bright and Silvery after Cleaning?
by Angie Pinion Kelley. What are the best flush cutters that you recommend? My cheap pair that came in the set have just about had it. Looking for recommendations. Thank you. Angie Pinion Kelley … [Read more...] about Best Flush Cutter Brand?
by Margie Meehan. (Tipperary Fiber n Art Studio) My supplier for stainless steel chains isn't in business anymore. Can you suggest anywhere to go for ordering wholesale bulk jewelry chains? How do I know if they are legit? I design pendants and am out of luck selling if I don't have the chains! Thank you in advance for your help. Margie Meehan … [Read more...] about Wholesale Source for Bulk Jewelry Chains?
by Josie. (Georgetown) I was given a gift from Myrtle Beach that has a necklace and a pearl to get out of this clam. Mine was the only one that had a two-toned look but I'm not sure what color it technically is. One side looks like a milky white the other looks silver. It's not completely round and is more of a smooth oval/pill shape. Josie … [Read more...] about What Type of Pearl Is This, and How Much Might It Cost?
by Brie. I recently purchased some labradorite and black agate gemstones from a local individual; they were friendly and chatty. However, upon taking a closer look at the stones I had purchased, I have two questions. My first question is: The labradorite I purchased looks dull and gray, you can see a slight shine, but it's mostly dull. Is it a lower quality, … [Read more...] about Was I Sold Low Quality Gemstones?
by Howard. (UK) Anyone discovered any tutorials on making an open necklace using memory wire and regular (silver, aluminium, etc) wire, so that softer wires can be shaped but around the neck will hold the arc alongside memory wire? Both ends of all wires can end in swirls. I guess having several tube beads or curved metal beads to grip all wires together may be … [Read more...] about Multi-Wire Open Necklace Tips?
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?
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?