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?
Supplies & Tools
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?
by Dianne Haselfeld. (Prescott Arizona) I use a steel bench block just like everyone else - to pound on metal with a hammer. When I do this the steel gets scratched. I keep reading instructions about not using a block that is marred because the scratches, etc will transfer to what you are working on. How can you use a steel block and not scratch it? Dianne … [Read more...] about How to Prevent Scratches on a Steel Bench Block?
by Jean BH. (Carriacou, Grenada) I live in Carriacou, Grenada and supplies to make the fancy jewelry you see online, Esty, Pinterest, etc. are not readily available. But that doesn't stop my creative juices from flowing. I would like to think the lack of beautiful beads and threads adds an edge to my jewelry creations. I scour the hardware and automotive … [Read more...] about Jewelry Supply Resources in Foreign Places
by Deborah Blake. Has anyone ever tried to sell jewelry at a show and failed, and took them apart and tried a new style? I’ve tried to learn new things over time. Just not sure if I should mark the prices way down on the work that I didn’t sell, so I can buy new beads and supplies? Or just redo some of my older stuff? Deborah Blake … [Read more...] about Jewelry That Isn’t Selling – Take it Apart or Drop the Price?
by Laura Grace. I was told by a jewelry designer that crystals shouldn’t be strung on sterling silver wire because the crystals are abrasive and will eventually eat through the wire. I found similar references on several websites as well. The designer suggested using stainless steel flexible jewelry wire made for abrasive stones instead. What are your thoughts? … [Read more...] about Stringing Crystals – Use Sterling Silver Wire or Stainless Steel Beading Wire?
by Barbara. (USA) Can anyone please identify the stones in this necklace? Thank you. Barbara … [Read more...] about Can Someone Please Identify these Stones?