by Emma Jane Noll. (Pennsylvania, USA) I have recently seen some beautiful jewelry, incorporating scrap wood and colored resin. The only information I could find on youtube used a pressure pot to make large chunks of wood infused with resin. There has to be an easier way, and I was hoping with the vast Jewelry Making Journal audience someone could give me some … [Read more...] about Please Help – Looking for a Wood and Resin Tutorial
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 Sarah de Larrinaga. (UK) I'm hoping someone here can help me before I'm driven mad! I've decided 2016 is the year to make the jewellery pay for my bead addiction and start selling seriously. So far I've used cheap flush cutters, but they blunt really quickly on my beading wire - I use Beadalon 49. I want to go 'up' to something longer lasting but I'm … [Read more...] about Help – Flush Wire Cutters for Cable Wire / Beading Wire?
by Dina. (Manchester, UK) Where can I buy real beads and supplies (real silver and gold pieces and gemstone beads) at a good price? Especially looking for sources in the UK. Dina … [Read more...] about Need Sources in the UK for Real Beads and Jewelry Supplies at a Good Price
by Kelly. (Stratford, Ontario, Canada) I was hoping for some help on finding suppliers that make Canadian made jewellery making supplies, such as jump rings and eye pins, and perhaps gemstone beads. Which I know that one is a little more tricky. In my searches I can find many Canadian suppliers. If I was at the metal-smithing level already I know I would also have an … [Read more...] about Searching for Canadian Made Supplies
by Virginia Vivier. (Tucson, Arizona USA) Once you create an original, beautiful design for jewelry - Don't stop there! You can benefit by submitting your jewelry design to a variety of online shops! Here's an example of how I created one design that resulted in a number of sales opportunities! The first photo is of a Fine Silver pendant I made using Precious Metal … [Read more...] about Multiple Products from a Single Design
by Sherry. (Edmonton, Canada) I would love to make my own Japanese Tensha beads, but I am having a nearly impossible time finding the Tensha water transfer decals. I have found a couple of shops that don't ship to Canada. Is there an alternative I can use? Will the type of water transfer decals used for acrylic nails work on beads? I'm also wondering about the inkjet … [Read more...] about Trying to Make Japanese Tensha Beads
by Ani. (Cooperstown, NY) I am beginning to learn freeform wire art in my jewelry making. I have two questions: (1) The book I'm reading advises to get medium size bail making pliers. That seems to be small to me. Any advice? (2) When buying a hammer and anvil, what should I be looking for? Thank you! Ani GlimmerGlo Gemstone Jewelry … [Read more...] about Jewelry Tool Questions – Bail Making Pliers, Hammer & Anvil
by Laura C. (The Beautiful Berkshires, Massachusetts USA) Finally a solution to sourcing the copper wire I use for 95% of my creations! I placed a local Craigslist ad offering to pay twice the going scrapyard rate for clean stripped wire specifying the gauges I most commonly use, and, the minimum length I want depending on the gauge. In one week I made three … [Read more...] about My Best Wire Sourcing Yet
by Lisa Ford. (Family Farm Country, USA) I have been making "Pieces of Light" for the last few years, using 20g and 24g copper wire, shaping free hand my own designs. I only use cutters (confiscated my Dad's good fencing cutters), various nail files/polishers for the ends, and pliers to hide them. My books, postcards, bookmarks are Made in the USA. I want to help … [Read more...] about The Wire Which Wouldn’t Wrap
by Sonya. (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada) Can anyone enlighten me about a great source for silver filled or sterling silver metal blanks? Would love to hear about Canadian sources if known. Thanks so much! Sonya Sweet Lil Gems … [Read more...] about Seeking Canadian Sources for Silver Blanks
by Fran. (USA) I was wondering if you had any suggestions for starting a beading (jewelry makers) group? I can't seem to find anything on the web. I am an instructor at Joann Fabrics and some of my students want to get together and exchange ideas. Any suggestions? Fran … [Read more...] about How Do I Start a Beading Group?
by Shannon schnell. (Ohio USA) I have just finished an online jewelry making course. From the beginning I knew that I wanted to start a home based jewelry company. I'm brand new to jewelry making and design, but I'm now ready to start making samples to create a cohesive look. I love the way gold filled jewelry looks and it's inline with my vision of the type of … [Read more...] about Looking for Companies that Cast Gold Filled Jewelry