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?
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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?
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?