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
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by Carl Charette. (Metro Phoenix, Arizona USA) I turned a mineral, crystals and precious gems hobby of 30+ years into a new hobby of jewelry design and manufacture using silver, copper, and brass. I quickly found out the high costs of the metals I used and needed cheaper sources than the usual big supply houses. I go to antique stores and quality estate sales and … [Read more...] about Alternative Sources for Silver and Copper
by Autumn Boutcher. (North Carolina) How do you store your jewelry wire? I use a combination of bare copper, bare bronze and stainless steel. I've tried individual bags, putting it all in one big bag and in a tray. I have Artistic Wire spools which fit in small condiment containers, but also regular size coils that don't. I don't want to keep mixing methods anymore. … [Read more...] about Jewelry Wire Storage: suggestions please
by Gail. (Trail, British Columbia, Canada) I have been following Jewelry Making Journal for a long time and have just been given some dark annealed steel wire. I believe it is 20 gauge. I would like to know if there are any tips or tricks when using this wire for jewelry. I have read where it should be scrubbed with steel wool before working and then should be coated … [Read more...] about Using Dark Annealed Steel Wire
by Irene. (Petaling Jaya, Malaysia) I'm new to jewelry making and I'm thinking of using stainless steel chains and earwires because they won't tarnish, but I'm wondering if there is any way to test whether they really are stainless steel? I live in South-East Asia so it is expensive for me to buy online from reputable stores like Rio Grande or Fire Mountain Gems … [Read more...] about Is There a Way to Test Stainless Steel Findings?
by Autumn Boutcher. (United States) How do you find suppliers for those rare components? Word of mouth, internet search, phone book...some combination therein? I have a customer asking about some hard-to-find beads, and it's making me consider how I approach searching or suppliers. Normally I do ad somewhat intensive internet search. But these beads, along with … [Read more...] about Finding Suppliers of Rare Components
by Kristin Moore. (United States) Can anyone help me identify this type of stone? It was in the stash of jewelry supplies I inherited after my mom passed away. She did not have it labeled. I just made a necklace with it that I'd like to sell but I'd like to be able to accurately label the stone. Thanks in advance (and fingers crossed!). Kristin Moore Flair … [Read more...] about Can You Help Identify This Stone?
by Rena Klingenberg. Have you ever broken a fingernail or injured yourself trying to open a split key ring? Some of them are so sturdy you can hardly slide a key onto them. But here's a simple everyday item that can easily open this type of key ring: All you need is a regular staple remover (available nearly anywhere you can buy office … [Read more...] about Easy Way to Open a Split Key Ring (Tutorial)
by Christine Sigman. (United States) Due to some changes in our situation, I am going to be traveling regularly between our new home in Texas and our old one in Massachusetts. I will continue taking jewelry classes and workshops in Boston whenever I can. My question is, how is it to travel with jewelry supplies and equipment? What do you need to check? Would … [Read more...] about How Do I Fly with Jewelry Supplies and Tools?
by Grace Jenkins. (Massachusetts USA) I have been using silver plated brass clasps for my necklaces but have noticed they tarnish after wearing the necklace 10 to 15 times, making the clasps look cheap and dirty. Is this common when using silver plated brass? Is there a different material that won't tarnish but is in the similar price range as silver plated … [Read more...] about Tarnished Silver Plated Brass Clasps
by Sheila Meador. (Atlanta, Georgia USA) I was looking online at cup burs and needle files to add to my jewelry tools collection. I'm wondering if there are several ways to use these tools and if I should buy them. I don't understand how to use the needle files. Could you explain? Sheila Meador Che Che's … [Read more...] about What are Needle Files?
by Katy Ritter. (Louisville, Kentucky USA) I am in search of a good, durable material for making bracelets. I suppose I could describe the type of bracelets I am wanting to make as friendship bracelets; soft, cloth material, yet I need the material to be a little more "thick" than those friendship bracelets we all know and remember from elementary school. I have found … [Read more...] about Best Bracelet Cord or Material for Bracelets