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
Supplies & Resources
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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
by Barbara Solomon. (California USA) I need this info, for an Adjustable Neck Wire. Where can I find 7mm X 9mm lobster clasps in copper and sterling? What is the best all-purpose chain size/type for an extension chain? There are so many different sizes and types, that I don't know where to start! Thanks! Barbara Solomon … [Read more...] about Searching for a Lobster Clasp
by Tamara Summers. (Sarnia, Ontario, Canada) Quite a few years ago, I came across a pair of quite heavy milky-coloured earrings in a consignment clothing store. As I picked them up I noticed a flash of red from inside of them. My first thought was that they were too heavy to be worn as earrings, which was probably why they were there. But they would make lovely, … [Read more...] about Need Help with Opalite Type
by Ally Ellis. (United States) I am just starting to venture into stamping and was wondering what brand of stamps would you recommend me purchasing? Ally Ellis Just Being Ally … [Read more...] about Best Brand of Metal Stamps
by Kimberly Cameron. (United States) My online search to find a manufacturer has proven to be futile. Everyone I contact only does diamonds, real gold, etc. Does anyone have recommendations for a fashion jewelry manufacturer? Kimberly Cameron … [Read more...] about Need Help Finding Fashion Jewelry Manufacturer
by Sandra. My name is Sandra. I love re-purposing old jewelry, polymer clay, and stringing beaded necklaces and bracelets. I don't have a business I just started doing it on my own. I kinda got bored with it but getting back at it again. I have bracelets and lots of things. How can I donate? Instead of it sitting here on jewelry holders. Sandra … [Read more...] about Need Ideas for Donating My Made Jewelry
by Nallery. I was wondering under what circumstances would it be okay to only use silver plated throughout a whole piece? Is it okay to do it? Or should sterling silver be the best option? I’ve made a lot of pieces I love using only silver plated material and I don’t know whether I should redo them using sterling silver or something equal to it. The majority of my … [Read more...] about Should I Swap Out Silver Plated for Sterling Silver?