by Denise Margart. (Mount Shasta, CA) I have questions about using a kick press machine vs. a hand press to set decorative rivets and spots in leather. Which would be better for designing with small and intricate rivets/spots, and which type would be best for setting hardware really close together without crushing the hardware next to it? I make leather bracelets … [Read more...] about Kick Press Machine vs. Hand Press for Applying Rivets and Spots?
Supplies & Resources
This is where the JMJ community can ask about sourcing supplies and discuss jewelry making tools, products and additional resources. Please keep all brand discussions honest, and professional. No brand bashing. No promoting your own product or affiliated products.
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by Cheryl. I’m just starting out and I would like to stamp spoons and cutlery. I read that I will need premium stamps. Can anyone suggest some for me that aren’t crazy expensive? Cheryl … [Read more...] about What Kind of Stamps for Stamping Spoons?
by Jane Petersen. (Madison, WI) Has anyone ever used the Jewelry Designer Manager or other software for tracking supplies and sales? I use an Excel program, but it has its limitations plus I have no record of what finished product I've sold. This program, from what I've discerned from their website, uses photos. Is it easy to load photos, mark them sold, … [Read more...] about Jewelry Accounting
by Pamella Bowen. Last summer, in an effort to get a jump on the new trends, I went online. I found that tassels were going to be all the rage, so I made lots of tassel necklaces. They didn't sell. Now, I am seeing tassels in the craft stores and on mannequins in the mall. One of the 2016-17 trends is supposed to be "duster" earrings that hang down to the … [Read more...] about Following Trends: Tassels and Duster Earrings?
by Sharon Berg. Would a jewelry technique learned in a free or paid online tutorial be usable in producing “original’ jewelry without the teacher’s consent? Many of us need to learn the techniques somewhere and then use them to create original pieces. I’m not talking about copying the specific jewelry item, but rather using the “technique” learned during the … [Read more...] about Is It OK to Make Original Jewelry Using a Technique Learned from a Tutorial?
by Elizabeth Wald. I use Stretch Magic and it wears over time. Which cord do you think is the best for .50mm? Thank you. Elizabeth Wald Stones in Harmony … [Read more...] about Best Stretchy Cord for Jewelry?
by Keara. (Ireland) Hi. I live in Ireland and I was wondering if anyone knew somewhere I could buy copper brazing rods? Thank you. Keara … [Read more...] about Source for Copper Brazing Rods in Ireland?
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 Lisa. (Pinole) I paint mandalas and want to put them on earrings. Can you point me to a supplier where I can make my paintings into earrings? Lisa … [Read more...] about How Do I Make My Paintings into Earrings?
by Suzan Rothstein. I recently mistakenly bought E6000 white glue which begs the question: Which glue, the clear or white E6000, is used in jewelry making? Are both used? What is the difference and when would I use one over the other? If anyone can help thank you in advance. Suzan Rothstein … [Read more...] about Which E6000 Glue to Use for Jewelry – Clear or White?
by Raya. Hi, I attached a picture of necklaces I am trying to make and I was wondering what is the best strongest thread to use for gemstone beads? Thank you! Raya … [Read more...] about What’s the Best Thread for Gemstone Beads?
by Emma Jane Noll. (Pennsylvania, USA) I have recently seen some beautiful jewelry, incorporating scrap wood and colored resin. The only information I could find on youtube used a pressure pot to make large chunks of wood infused with resin. There has to be an easier way, and I was hoping with the vast Jewelry Making Journal audience someone could give me some … [Read more...] about Please Help – Looking for a Wood and Resin Tutorial