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How to Make a Free-Form Bracelet

Complete instructions for making this elegant Free-Form Bracelet, designed by Linda Chandler, are available courtesy Interweave Press.

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Rio Grande (The Bell Group)
Specialties: Tools and equipment, materials, display products, and refining
800-545-6566 within the U.S.
800-965-2329 Fax within the U.S.
800-253-9738 Canada, Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico
505-839-3011 for all other countries
505-839-3016 Fax for all other countries
7500 Bluewater Road NW
Albuquerque, NM 87121-1962

Indian Jewelers Supply Company
Specialties: Tools, equipment, materials and findings
888-722-4175 Fax
601 East Coal Avenue
Gallup, NM 87301

Fire Mountain Gems & Beads
Specialties: Beads and gems, beading supplies
800-355-2137 to order
800-423-2319 Customer Service
800-292-3473 Fax
One Firemountain Way
Grants Pass, Oregon 97526-2373

David H. Fell & Company, Inc.
Specialties: Beautiful sterling silver patterned sheet metal, materials and refining
323-722-6567 Fax
P. O. Box 910952
Los Angeles, CA 90091-0952

Hoover & Strong
Specialties: Colored gold (white, green, pink), and an emphasis on refining your scrap metal.
10700 Trade Road
Richmond, VA 23236-3000

Specialties: Lots of metals – niobium, aluminum, memory wire, brass, surgical steel, iron, steel, nickel silver, and copper.
212-944-0644 Fax
34 West 46th Street
New York, NY 10036

Ross Metals
Specialties: Beautiful patterned wire, alloys, wire, sheet metal, and refining
54 West 47th Street
New York, NY 10036

Shor International Corporation
Specialties: You can find the wire wrapping ring mandrel here in two sizes, plus lots of other tools and supplies.
914-667-0190 (fax)
20 Parkway West
Mt. Vernon, NY 10552

Precious Metals West
Specialties: colored alloys, sheet metal, wire, refining
213-689-1654 Fax
608 S. Hill Street, Suite #407
Los Angeles, CA 90014

Paul H. Gesswein & Co., Inc
Specialties: Tools and equipment
888-454-4377 Fax
255 Hancock Avenue
P. O. Box 3998
Bridgeport, Connecticut 06605-0936

FDJ Tools
Specialties: Tools, equipment and displays
1180 Solana Avenue
Winterpark, FL 32789

Web sites
Copper and brass practice wire, even half-round!
Copper and brass practice wire, half-round, round, square, etc. Also beads of all kinds, findings, packaging and more.
Lurk and learn as some of the most prominent people in the jewelry business discuss every aspect of jewelry making. Most catalog companies monitor this site and you will see posts from Tiffany's, Charles Lewton-Brain and many other luminaries in the world of jewelry. When you feel brave enough, put your question(s) before this wonderful group of experts. Beginners and beginners' questions are always answered clearly and generously. Ganoksin also has galleries of members' work as well as an extensive library of topics. Metalcalc can help you with any mathematical formulae or conversion. The site was founded by Dr. E. Hanuman Aspler and Charles Lewton-Brain and survives on the donations of its generous members. Absolutely the best web site for jewelry makers.
Amy O'Connell's wonderful web site. Great jewelry plus tutorials on lapidary, jewelry and photography. Amy even tells you how she made her web site.
Useful links provided by the highly respected SNAG organization
If you can't find a specialty tool anywhere else, look here. If you still can't find what you need, this gentleman will probably make it for you.
This site has projects and technical information related to jewelry making
No print catalog, but lots of supplies, tools, materials, sterling and fine silver findings, beads, equipment and display items


The Encyclopedia of Jewelry Making Techniques by Jinks McGrath
Hardcover – 176 pages

The Complete Metalsmith by Tim McCreight
Spiral bound – 150 pages
This is a wonderful basic book. The companion video with the same title is invaluable for learning soldering and annealing. You can actually see the proper colors as the metal is heated and can watch the solder flow. Not available at, but Rio Grande has both the book and the video.

Jewelry Making Manual by Sylvia Wicks
Hardcover – 176 pages

The Complete Book of Jewelry Making by Carles Codina
Hardcover – 160 pages
This is a great book.

Moods in Wire by Ellsworth “Ed” Sinclair
Spiral bound soft cover – 68 pages
Many wire wrappers learned their craft from this venerable book. Mostly black and white line drawings, it does have a color section in the middle. Good, basic information for the beginning wire wrapper and some nice projects for most of us.


Lapidary Journal

Jewelry Crafts

Colored Stone

Bead & Button



The Crafts Report
Covers the business issues of all crafts – very helpful

The Sunshine Artist
Covers show and gallery schedules. This is a great way to find places to sell your jewelry.

No web site – Call 760-599-0222 or Fax 760-559-0228
Gorgeous magazine – great for inspiration and ideas