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Jewelry Making Supplies

Trade Expos

Trade expos are a great place to look if you want to be one of the first to find fantastic new jewelry making supplies. Manufacturers often unveil their new pieces at trade fairs, so that they can test the market before they issue pieces for wider release. This will allow you to stay ahead of some other jewelry makers. Be aware that some trade expos only admit registered business people, and therefore you may need to take your formal identification with you when you go.

Hardware Stores

It is possible to pick up a lot of the physical tools needed for jewelry making from your local hardware store, for example pliers, wire cutters and adhesives. If you are able to find the jewelry making supplies that you need, these stores may be less expensive than specialist shops are. In some circumstances, specialist shops will add a premium on for tools, so it is worth shopping around.

Real life

Many jewelry makers like to take their inspiration from real life, and it is actually possible to use items from your day-to-day life in your jewelry making. For example, children’s toys such as Lego figurines can be turned into jewelry if you have the right inspiration. It is also possible to use natural items such as shells which you found at the beach. As a designer, it is always worth it to look around you to see what inspiration you can take from your surroundings.

Local Bead Sellers

Local bead sellers are a great place to look if you want to buy a small number of beads or other jewelry making supplies which you have been able to select by hand. These environments are great, because you will be able to see the true color of the items, you will be able to find out how much they really weigh, and you will be able to feel the texture of the beads against your skin.