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Best Jewelry Making Suppliers and Tutorials

Updated on July 1, 2015
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Gayle Dowell is a jewelry and watercolor artist. She currently teaches art to a homeschool co-op highschool class.

Find Jewelry Making Supplies and Resources

I'm Gayle and I have been designing and making handcrafted jewelry since 2007. I've learned my craft from classes, books and on-line websites. I started out with basic beading and am now learning techniques in metalsmithing and metal clay. It has been a steady learning experience. In this article, I've listed information that has helped me in my journey as a jewelry designer.

I've done a lot of research on-line as to the best sources of beads, findings and jewelry tools. I've made plenty of mistakes, but also some good choices when purchasing supplies for my craft. I've put this page together, not only for my own benefit so that I can refer to the sites that I use, but also for the benefit of other designers just starting out in creating jewelry. I've listed tutorials that I've found helpful and other sites that are filled with good jewelry making information.

I would encourage all crafters to investigate just how easy it is to create handcrafted jewelry as gifts for friends and family or to sell for profit.

Come back often as I will be updating my lists and adding more information.

All photos by Gayle Dowell

My Journey to Jewelry Making

I started making jewelry when my grandmother died and left behind an unfinished project...making bracelets for all her great-granddaughters. Because I was the crafty one in the family (I got it from both of my grandmothers), I inherited her craft supply collection. She had bought memory wire for her project, but no beads. I took her costume jewelry and divided it up to make five bracelets, one for each granddaughter, and gave these finished bracelets to them as a memorial of Grandma and a gift from her. From there, I continued making jewelry, teaching my daughters, and selling online.

You can see my work here: Prairie Grass Artisan Jewelry by Gayle Dowell

Bead and Finding Suppliers

This is a list of bead suppliers that I have used personally and recommend to anyone looking for a reliable business to purchase their supplies and tools.

Beadroom.com for Beautiful Glass Beads

Jewelry Making Tutorials

These are some of the jewelry making tutorials that I have found helpful in creating my designs.

Poll for Jewelry Designers

Jewelry Making Supplies and Tutorials
Jewelry Making Supplies and Tutorials

This is a short poll for jewelry artists. Please comment if you work in an area that is not listed! Thank you!

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Best Metal Clay Book

PMC Technic: A Collection of Techniques for Precious Metal Clay
PMC Technic: A Collection of Techniques for Precious Metal Clay

Great book for working with precious metal clay with many different techniques including adding texture with water etching and adding color to metal clay.

 
Japanese Cross Earrings
Japanese Cross Earrings

Instant Download Projects

Download this instant project by Interweave and find more projects there:

Japanese Cross And Polyhedron Earrings


Beads on eBay

Occasionally I will find a great deal on beads and jewelry making tools on eBay. Let's see what is up for auction right now!

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      Gayle Dowell 3 months ago from Kansas

      Thanks. I'll have to check into the website.

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      Gayle Dowell 11 months ago from Kansas

      Thanks for the updated information, Nancy!

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      NancyM 14 months ago

      Fusion Beads offers free shipping for orders of $25 or more.

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      Jacob Barnard 2 years ago from Gloucestershire

      Gayle Dowell, no problem

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      Gayle Dowell 2 years ago from Kansas

      Thanks for the vote!

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