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?
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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?
by Anne Nishioka. (California) I have a friend who is left handed. He gets frustrated using jewelry pliers and jewelry tools for right handed people. Does anyone make jewelry tools for left handed people? If they do where can I buy them? Thanks! Anne Nishioka … [Read more...] about Left Handed Jewelry Tools?
by Kristin Moore. (Ohio) I have recently started learning how to solder which of course has opened up a whole new world of jewelry making! Sharing a picture of my very first project, warts and all! So I would love to hear your favorite brands or other tips for the following tools that I am needing: Heavy duty flush cutters (would like to cut 12g or … [Read more...] about Recommend Your Favorite Tools!
by Barbara Jacquin. (Uzes in the south of France) A question for you lapidary experts: One of my best customers bought a labradorite pendant, one of my nicest I think, several months ago but recently showed it to me with its new crack, vertical from top to bottom in the very middle of the stone. There was no crack, only the natural horizontal lines typical of a … [Read more...] about Crack in a Labradorite – How Did it Happen?
by Mary Anne Enriquez. (Urban Woodswalker) May I say something to all the fantastical jewelry designers out there? There are millions of us baby boomers and we LOVE to buy hand made jewelry. A lot of us are experiencing carpal tunnel and arthritis in our hands. The types of closures make a HUGE difference in whether someone might buy or not. I can no … [Read more...] about There’s a Big Audience for Jewelry with Easy Open Clasps
by Karen. For metalsmithing can you use a plastic hot pot for pickle? Thanks for your help! Karen … [Read more...] about Is It OK to Use a Plastic Hot Pot for Pickle?