by Regina. (Vermont, USA) I have been wondering how to get supplies wholesale. Most research I have done showed that you need a tax ID number. How easy is it to find wholesale suppliers once you have a Tax ID number? Regina … [Read more...] about How Do I Get Jewelry Supplies Wholesale?
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by Michelle Byers. (United States) What are some of the best website to purchase the gemstones used in making your jewelry? I am really having trouble finding quality gemstones at a reasonable price since my favorite has closed. Somebody please come to my rescue with some great sites. Michelle Byers … [Read more...] about Share Your Favorite Gemstone Sources
by Jill. (Spring Branch, Texas, USA) I want to start selling my jewelry online but I just can't seem to find a niche to fit into. I enjoy making all types of jewelry. I've dabbled in metal stamping, polymer clay, wire wrapping, as well as mixed media. I sit down at my jewelry table with all my wonderful supplies and unless I have a book in front of me to recreate … [Read more...] about Trouble Finding My Niche
by Rena Klingenberg. This postage stamp jewelry tutorial is an easy way to preserve and enjoy gorgeous stamps. You could even create a collage of several stamps instead of focusing on just one stamp as I've done. Supplies: Postage stamps. Small pieces of scrapbooking paper (or other paper that contrasts nicely with your stamps). Thin … [Read more...] about Postage Stamp Jewelry Tutorial
by Lisa Yang. (Los Angeles, California, USA) I have always stored my stringing materials in plastic zipper bags. Not the greatest system, but I didn't know there was anything else to use! Recently, I discovered a thread rack that I can use to organize all of my bead stringing thread, macrame cord, spools of wire, elastic cord - you name it! It works just great and … [Read more...] about Organizing Jewelry Stringing Supplies
by Angela Robison. (Madison, AL) Hello, I am making a V-shaped pearl necklace for a customer using cross weave stitch and using Swarovski 6mm pearls and clear silver-lined 11/0 seed beads. (From far off, it almost looks like a double strand necklace.) I am using Accuflex 49-strand, 0.014 inch diameter beading wire. Problem I am having is that there are parts of the … [Read more...] about Help With Cross Weave Stitch Please
by Janine Gerade. Has this ever happened to your jewelry wire? I wear this bracelet all the time as a tester. Kept it on through the shower to make sure my mom bracelets are strong enough. One problem, I can't remember the beading wire brand I used for this, but I use Zamba pro 49 strand a lot. I was told that Zamba pro won't rust (from a online bead … [Read more...] about Beading Wire Rusting
by Rena Klingenberg. These grungy graduation jewelry styles are a fun alternative to the traditional class rings and pendants. The start of the new school year is an ideal time to give high school students (especially seniors!) jewelry inscribed with their graduation year. This cool jewelry would also be a fun project for teens to make for themselves … [Read more...] about Grungy Graduation Year Jewelry Tutorial
by Drake. (Akron, Ohio, USA) I'm looking to switch from the wood and cardboard display trays to the more stackable plastic variety. but I'm having a problem finding the same size trays. I'm looking for the standard 14 3/4 by 8 1/4 trays, but I can only find the plastic ones in a 1" and 1.5" depth. I need some in a 2" and 3" depth, and can't seem to find any. I was … [Read more...] about Plastic Jewelry Display Trays: Do You Know a Good Source?
by Shelly. (Canada) I know that acrylic beads are sometimes a No No to people when making jewelry unless of course its for children's jewelry. Now there are some acrylic beads out there that are so beautiful its almost impossible to tell that they are acrylic. I find that using them in some designs with other types of beads give it more of a light weight feel but still … [Read more...] about Acrylic Beads: Are They Really Taboo?
by Rena Klingenberg. You can easily make "stained glass" earrings by decorating clear shrink plastic with permanent markers. This is a wonderful project if you love to play with color! It's also a great project for teens and kids to make for themselves or to give as gifts (however, be sure to provide adult supervision when using the oven to shrink the … [Read more...] about Colorful “Stained Glass” Shrinky Earrings Tutorial
by Tony Kadysewski. Retail necklace displays can be great inspiration for ways to showcase your handmade necklace inventory. In Nine Necklace Fixturings Compared, Tony Kadysewski reviews a variety of display solutions he's found in stores, comparing card type, fixture type, and necklace presentation spread. His post covers the four necklace fixtures shown … [Read more...] about Necklace Display Fixtures