by Joybelle Malcolm. (Atlanta, GA, USA) Please help! I cannot seem to find the correct gauge of wire to use for memory wire bracelets. I am looking for something that is not flimsy and that TRULY lives up to the claim that the wire does not loose its shape. I hope someone in our community will be able to help! Thanks so much! Joybelle … [Read more...] about Help! What Gauge of Wire to Use for Memory Wire Bracelets?
Supplies & Tools
by Rena Klingenberg. Most of us wind up acquiring a nice stash of various jewelry tools over time. Some of the things we use are "real" tools - pliers, cutters, reamers, files, crimpers, etc. But do you also have a variety of odds and ends that you use as jewelry tools? A few of my favorite "unofficial" tools that I use in making my jewelry are: Colorful … [Read more...] about What Unofficial Jewelry Tools Do You Use?
by Rena Klingenberg. I used to be a bead snob. Back then, I wouldn't even look at a bead that wasn't a semiprecious stone or pearl. Fortunately, over the years my appreciation grew for other types of beads - glass, wood, bone, polymer clay, ceramic, metal, paper.... And finally acrylic. Acrylic was probably the last type of bead I learned to appreciate, … [Read more...] about Designing Jewelry with Acrylic Beads
by Rena Klingenberg. Question from a Jewelry Artist: Have you used Argentium silver, and what do you think of it? I am so tired of trying to keep my silver clean. Answer from Rena: Yes, I’ve used Argentium Sterling Silver wire. It’s just a little bit stiffer (harder to work with) than standard sterling silver, so at least as far as wire goes, you may want … [Read more...] about Question About Working with Argentium Silver
by Kris Lynn. (United States) Hello, a friend of mine is selling her kiln, a small Evenheat Rapid Fire 4 inch pad kiln that she used for glass jewelry making. Will this be good for silver clay as well? Kris Lynn Kristallynn Designs … [Read more...] about EvenHeat Rapid Fire Kiln OK for Silver Clay Work?
by Barbara Solomon. (California) I’ve been using the Om Tara Crimping Pliers, to crimp 2mm X 3mm crimps. They seem to really hold. Then there is the problem, of getting a crimp cover to cover the crimp tube! Every YouTube video I’ve seen has crimp covers that turn into clam shells, are dented, or over-lap. I have tried every “technique” and I always end up with … [Read more...] about Pathetic Crimp Covers – Is There a Better Solution?
by Mary Anne Enriquez. (USA) I have many heavy vintage/ antique "ethnic" handmade necklaces and bracelets that need restringing. I see that a lot of these necklaces drape really lovely due to the original cotton or hemp-like cord... but the heavy stone, metal, and glass beads have all cut the cords over time. Some of the necklaces are tiny Native American glass … [Read more...] about What is the Best Restringing Cord for Repairing Jewelry?
by Jane Jennings. (Philadelphia) I have an ultrasonic jewelry cleaner (Boque systems, 1259), but find it doesn't do much, either on tarnish or on dirty jewelry. I have 2 filigree white gold rings which get gunked up and are very hard to get clean. I run the machine over and over again, with little result. I do use the recommended cleaner in it. See picture - … [Read more...] about Help – Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner Doesn’t Clean or Remove Tarnish
by Chelsea Garner. I have this ring with a blue stone that has a bit of pink in it. Can anyone please tell me what is the stone in this ring? Chelsea Garner … [Read more...] about What is the Stone in My Ring?
by Brie. First I want to say how amazing JMJ has been for me, I've learned so much from everyone. I love how positive and encouraging everyone is, on every post. Okay, now on to my question: What are your favorite types / kinds of beads and gemstones? I've been working with the same stones over and over, and I'd like to find other kinds of stones to play … [Read more...] about What Are Your Favorite Gemstones?
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 jewelry? A-grade and B-grade jewelry is the … [Read more...] about Gemstone Beads / Hardness and Grade Scale?
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?