by Janine. (M.A.) It's me again! I asked you guys out there with help on making my jewelry stronger from my last post about breakage after a successful jewelry party. I thank you so much for your help. I have taken the tips and applied them to my new jewelry. It's a great lesson to learn and it will make my jewelry line better. I had a potential wedding order (5 … [Read more...] about When Jewelry Components Break – Advice Please?
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 Rups. (San Francisco, California USA) Hello, I am novice and making jewelry for the first time. Which tools (brands) I should buy? I ordered online: Round nose plier, Chan nose fine plier, Wire flux cutter (which I found later that it cut up to 18 gauges, it doesn't support if the number goes down). Can you please help me which wire cutter, flat nose plier … [Read more...] about Which Tools Brands Should I Buy to Start Making Jewelry?
by Terrèy Bordain. (Atlanta, Georgia, USA) Is there a place where I can buy leather for bracelet making, for bracelets like leather wrap bracelets or leather cuff bracelet. Things like that. A response would be greatly appreciated ! :) Terrèy Bordain GoldFrost Jewelry at Etsy GoldFrost Blog … [Read more...] about Where Do You Find Leather for Jewelry Making?
by Michelle Schiller. (Thornton, Colorado, USA) We are finally starting to get serious about attending craft fairs. We recently moved to Colorado and now is a good time to really get it into gear. I have been surfing the net looking for shows but it is becoming rather tedious and I keep missing the application deadlines. I have seen various craft show guide … [Read more...] about Craft Fair Guide: Can You Recommend a Good One?
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?
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 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 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
by Alison Albanese. (Jefferson Valley, NY) The Longstem Jewelry Organizers (8 different styles) were invented in 2006-2009 by Alison Albanese, a private investigator by training, who had long searched for a way to store and organize a lifetime of collected jewelry. After experimenting with jewelry boxes, pouches and other storage devices, she began experimenting with … [Read more...] about Longstem Jewelry Organizers
Tony Kadysewski is back with an interesting comparison of mirrors used in retail-store jewelry displays. Mirrors play an important role in selling jewelry. Customers often need to try a necklace on, or hold a pair of earrings next to their face to see the effect. See Tony's Four Jewelry Mirrors Compared over on his fascinating Fixtures Close Up website. Tony … [Read more...] about Jewelry Mirrors: Ideas from Retail Store Displays
by Rena Klingenberg. These clever jewelry stand projects for you to make are available free from WigJig. Tutorial #1 (for photos above): The first tutorial covers one basic stand design, with two different bases. Tutorial #2 (for photos above): This one is collapsible, for easy transport to and from jewelry shows and parties. Tutorial #3 … [Read more...] about Jewelry Stand Tutorials: Free from WigJig
Avoid blowing your budget by defining your market and planning your gemstone purchases in advance by Melissa Jeffries. If you've been to gem shows, you know how overwhelming and daunting they can be. Although it's difficult to narrow down all those tempting options, your jewelry business profit margin will be greater if you plan ahead and focus on shopping for a … [Read more...] about Tips for Attending Gem Shows