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mistymade
03-20-2004, 02:06 PM
I thought it might be a good idea to start a thread with links to...
*favorite suppliers
*favorite books
*other helpful links

What say ye? :D


http://www.ijsinc.com/ - Indian Jewelry Supply.
http://www.riogrande.com/
http://www.thunderbirdsupply.com/
http://www.ccsilver.com/home.html
http://www.monsterslayer.com/
http://www.zacktrading.com/index.html
http://www.jewelrysupply.com/
http://www.artbeads.com/
http://www.2bead.com/2Bead2/Default.asp
http://www.bellabalibeads.com/
http://www.rishashay.com
http://www.firemountaingems.com/
http://www.czechbeads.com/
http://www.halsteadbead.com/
http://www.ibead.com/
http://www.fetpak.com./
http://www.uline.com/Index.asp


Do you need a jeweler's bench...
http://www.fdjtool.com/store/showitem.asp?item=BN100&store=5


My favorite metalsmithing book:
"The Complete Metalsmith" By Tim McCreight
(You can get this book for $8.99 from overstock.com)


Here is a link to Barrie's tumble polishing page
http://www.itsmystore.com/cgi-bin/itsmy/go.exe?page=21&domain=11&webdir=windermere


Please add your favorite links to this thread, I know I missed a bunch of them.

TheBlueBetween
03-20-2004, 09:52 PM
Ah, good job Misty! I was thinking the same thing!

I lost most of my bookmarks when my computer died but here are some good ones:

The Business Side of Jewelry Making:
http://www.jolaf.com/resources/index.html
http://www.barbarabrabec.com/
http://www.landofodds.com/store/craftshows.htm
http://www.jolaf.com/resources/marketart.html
http://www.craftmarketer.com/
http://jewelrymaking.about.com/library/blbiztp.htm
http://www.home-jewelry-business-success-tips.com/
http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=167197 (how to make ebay work for you)
http://wire-sculpture.com/price.html
http://www.landofodds.com/pricing.htm
http://home.iximd.com/~carousel/CraftCalc1pt6.htm (I have no idea how to use it)
http://allgraphicdesign.com/artofweb.html (cheap business cards)


Setting up a Web site/e-shop:
http://www.mals-e.com/
http://www.propay.com/
http://www.paypal.com
http://www.altavista.com/web/webmaster (find out who is linking to you)
http://www.atlashosting.com
http://www.catalog.com/
http://packages.homestead.com/
http://www.totalchoicehosting.com/
http://build-website.com/
http://www.htmlgoodies.com great HTML tutorials.
http://www.bignosebird.com free scripts if you want to get fancy
http://allgraphicdesign.com/artofweb.html - great links for web design

Packing Supplies:
http://www.uline.com/
http://papermart.com/


Shipping:
https://sss-web.usps.com/ds/jsps/sp_getAddresses.jsp
http://www.stamps.com/


Photography:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Articles2/10237/214/
http://www.jewelrydesignersguild.com/articles/comparinglightsources.htm
http://users.lmi.net/~drewid/PWR_photography.html


General:
http://airandearth.netfirms.com/soozlinkslist.html (Dr. Sooz's Beady Links List)


Will have to list my fav. books later...

DonnaBee
03-20-2004, 10:03 PM
Making Metal Jewelry, by Joanna Gollberg:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1579903479/qid=1079838062/sr=8-1/ref=pd_ka_1/103-3179932-2905408?v=glance&s=books&n=507846

You can learn all about getting started with sawing, piercing, riveting, cold connections, and what tools you need to start out.

A nice little gallery of inspiration tucked in, too!

DonnaBee
03-20-2004, 10:21 PM
Nice little crimping animation if you are learning bead-stringing, it shows how to use the crimp tool with a crimp bead:

http://www.bartky.net/crimper/anicrimp.htm

Shirley C.
03-21-2004, 02:43 AM
great lists - they include some of my favs.

here's a little gem:

Ganoksin (http://www.ganoksin.com/)

how can we make this thread a sticky?

Moth
03-21-2004, 08:14 AM
Great links you guys!

Right off the top of my head, I can't think of anyone I would add except some of my favorite ebay sellers.

Here is a link to a post I already made that has the links to my favorites.
ebay sellers link (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showpost.php?p=2043839&postcount=10)


OH..wait a minute, nobody has linked to Connie Fox's site, Jatayu. Great source for bangle making supplies, practice wire, beads, sterling stuff...
Jatayu (http://www.conniefox.com)

~~Mary

Alan Cross
03-21-2004, 12:46 PM
Great bunch of links.....as someone new to this something like this really helps.....now I just need a few days to look at all the links...
Alan :)

jacki
03-21-2004, 01:22 PM
Brainpressbooks on ebay has a great selection of books on different techniques. Also many of the "old favorites"

they are great to deal with, and very fast shipping.

http://cgi6.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewSellersOtherItems&userid=brainpressbooks&include=0&since=-1&sort=3&rows=50

Alan Cross
03-21-2004, 01:58 PM
Looking for hill tribe beads anyone know a good spot to buy these?
Alan :)

chuckie
03-22-2004, 12:30 AM
Here's a good place for stringing materials. I've bought Gossamer Floss, silk for pearl knotting & waxed linen from here. They've also got waxed cotton cord, hemp, Greek leather and a bunch of other stuff at some pretty decent prices.

http://www.btoucan.com/


I get some of my findings from here when I can't get to the bead shows.

http://www.accentsbeadshop-md.com/


Char

TheBlueBetween
03-23-2004, 03:33 PM
Some PMC links:

http://www.pmcconnection.com/
http://www.pmcguild.com/
http://www.pmcsupply.com/
http://www.wholelottawhimsy.com/

LLane
03-26-2004, 05:58 PM
Here's one for packaging and display.

Nile Corp (http://www.nilecorp.com/)

And a great site that includes "metalsmithing for the lampworker"
Jane Clark Studios (http://www.janeclarkstudios.com/metalsmith_01.htm)

neat charms from
Lois Wynwood (http://www.wynwoods.com/)

Great thread!!!
Thanks all!
Lois

DonnaBee
03-31-2004, 09:19 AM
How to make wire coils: Here are about four ways to approach it. Coils can be used for bangle bracelets, and they can be cut into jump rings.

This tool can be picked up at most crafts store for about seven dollars, rather than the fifteen dollars on website:

http://www.coilinggizmo.com/index.html

A great little book packed with jewelry making info, teaches how to make wire coils, also how to saw jump rings from them. Also chain making and wire crochet: (I have seen this book in the craft stores and also my local library)

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1579900933/103-7178074-1440619?v=glance

Jatayu!

http://www.conniefox.com/Education/WireSkills/Coils.htm

Here are two threads where I wrote about how I have been making wire coils for my bangle cuffs that have 12 gauge, 2mm base: (I sort of use a combination of all the above resources to get the specific size I need, which is a coil with a 2mm interior diameter) If you scroll down and read all my different posts, then you will see how I have been doing it:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?p=2175797#post2175797

http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=174594

glitterbead
03-31-2004, 11:41 AM
I would like to add some fiber arts links:

http://www.dharmatrading.com/

http://www.chicknits.com/index.shtml

http://www.knitpicks.com/

http://secure.elann.com/frames.asp

http://www.taunton.com/threads/index.asp

http://www.pantone.com/

glitterbead
03-31-2004, 11:47 AM
And a couple of inspirational links:

http://www.mackenzie-childs.com/2003/

http://www.lillypulitzer.com/index1.asp

lisilk
04-06-2004, 04:09 AM
Bali Beads

http://www.bali-bead-shop.com/

lisilk
04-06-2004, 04:58 PM
Bali Beads

http://www.bali-bead-shop.com/

More beads

http://www.rishashay.com

limamike
04-06-2004, 05:29 PM
Looking for hill tribe beads anyone know a good spot to buy these?
Alan :)

I get mine from Fire Mountain Gems

limamike
04-06-2004, 08:40 PM
These two places give the best prices I've found yet for David Christensen furnace glass --

www.beadpeddler.com is 8.45 an ounce if you buy at leat 16 ounces -- but beware, I've bought things from them before and they smell like smoke -- if you put the beads in the sun, it takes the smell away, but just wanted to let you know.

Also, www.aylasoriginals.com -- you need to sign up for a wholesale account but that's easy. They sell at 8.75/ounce if you buy 16 ounces, even more of a discount if you buy more than one pound. I just ordered from her last night.


Both allow you to mix and match to reach the discount.

Beebu
04-08-2004, 01:10 PM
I'm new here but not new to jewelry. Here's a few I have. :)

Suppliers:
http://www.sfjssantafe.com/ Santa Fe Jewelers Supply
http://www.kingsleynorth.com/
http://www.yorkbeads.com/
http://www.silvernecklaces.com/index.htm
http://www.youandme-silver.com/default.htm
http://www.rainbowsoflight.com/
http://www.ninadesigns.com/
http://www.bluemud.com
http://www.shipwreck-beads.com/
http://www.trashcity.com/index.htm
http://www.paintedesert.com/index.html
http://southpacificwholesale.com/Default.asp
http://www.cgmfindings.com/ (order their catalog)

Storage:
http://www.leevalley.com/garden/page.asp?page=44948&category=2%&ccurrency=2

Business:
http://www.jewelrydesignermanager.com/default.htm

Photographing your work:
http://www.webphotoschool.com/newschool/default.asp

Shipping:
http://www.u-pic.com/ Universal Parcel Insurance Coverage
http://esupplystore.com/
http://www.packagingprice.com/

Gena

Barrie
04-08-2004, 02:49 PM
This is a really good book for beginner silversmiths:

Two Books In One Jewelry by Madeline Coles

I highly recommend this one for everyone just starting out - clear, concise instructions, along with contemporary projects. You'll love it!

limamike
04-11-2004, 02:06 PM
These two places give the best prices I've found yet for David Christensen furnace glass --

www.beadpeddler.com is 8.45 an ounce if you buy at leat 16 ounces -- but beware, I've bought things from them before and they smell like smoke -- if you put the beads in the sun, it takes the smell away, but just wanted to let you know.

Also, www.aylasoriginals.com -- you need to sign up for a wholesale account but that's easy. They sell at 8.75/ounce if you buy 16 ounces, even more of a discount if you buy more than one pound. I just ordered from her last night.


Both allow you to mix and match to reach the discount.

By the way, I counted my pound o' glass from Ayla's and it worked out to .40 per piece.

Polyclaynut
04-13-2004, 03:23 PM
Thank you everyone for a wonderful range of links. I've just spent sometime surfing through them and have had a great time finding all sorts of new bits and pieces. Only thing is though I've had to bookmark everything as the credit card is slightly worn out this month but I'm sure I'm going to have a whale of a time when it revitalises itself.
In the meantime does anyone have a link for a supplier of coloured "plastic" cord. Its that jelly type of stuff I'm after. here in New Zealand i've only seen it in girls bracelets but i'd like to buy it in yardage for use with my jewellery.
any help would be much appreciated.
best wishes
Petra
Polymer clay artist
http://www.zigzag.co.nz/beadsbypetra.html

limamike
04-13-2004, 05:30 PM
Halstead Beads was selling the necklaces and bracelets ready made.... www.halsteadbead.com

beclectic
04-13-2004, 05:55 PM
In the meantime does anyone have a link for a supplier of coloured "plastic" cord. Its that jelly type of stuff I'm after. here in New Zealand i've only seen it in girls bracelets but i'd like to buy it in yardage for use with my jewellery.
any help would be much appreciated.
best wishes
Petra
Polymer clay artist
http://www.zigzag.co.nz/beadsbypetra.html

www.firemountaingems.com (http://www.firemountain.gems.com) had it in one of their supplimental catalogs.