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52 views, 0 by propositionjoe17

Minimum weight for gold ring (grams)?

Hi all, New to the forum. Been a jewelry junkie for several years now. I buy a lot of jewelry for both my personal collection and friends and family. I am fairly knowledgeable, but always itching to learn more. Anyway, quick question for those...

316 views, 0 by kokob

Jump rings

Does anyone else have problems with jump rings pulling apart on finished pieces? I buy heavy duty jump rings yet they still pull apart causing my hard work to break. Any suggestions on how to solve this problem?

118 views, 0 by zippyjohn

Help with silver wedding ring

Hi guys, I’m looking for advice. I recently got married and me and my wife have matching silver and black rings, the only problem is on my ring the black “ink” has come off, my wife is still perfect. The ring is silver with with a channel that...

214 views, 1 by DMask

Fix sapphire in the ring

Hello, everybody! Trying to choose sapphire for the new ring. Stopped on this one: http://rdagems.com/sapphires/pear-shape/blue/ps107/ In my mind it would be something like this: The stone must be like in the air (without any frame), and...

39 views, 0 by Doug

Restoring Black Highlights on Engraved Gold Signet Ring

I have a signet style class ring in white gold. As the picture below illustrates, the black is gone from much of the engraving. Is Gilders Paste the proper thing to use to restore the black or is there something better?

72 views, 0 by Murtough123

Ring engraving

So, I’m new here and new to jewelry making in general. I specifically enjoy making rings and need some guidance. I’m wondering how you engrave patterns or designs into silver rings? Do you need crazy expensive laser engraving tools? Files? What...

225 views, 0 by defiink

what technique is this?

Hello, Would anybody happen to know what technique is used to put this design on this ring?

358 views, 0 by Bejeweled Lady

Bejeweled Lady

Need new tools, need suggestions

Hi all, I need to replace some of my very worn out tools. I need new cutters, flat, chain nose and round pliers, etc. Before I buy anything, I’d like to get some feedback from all of you. Do you have a favorite brand that you use or do you...

297 views, 0 by Elisabeth A

Elisabeth A

Soldering

I am sick of having my jewelry creations fall apart when I wear them because the jump rings just don’t hold together well enough. I assume the answer is soldering the jump rings closed but I have never soldered before. Is it something I can...

166 views, 0 by Sharon

Sharon

Newbie to Jewelry making - Crafting for years

Hi – I am Sharon, owner of Bayou Rose Bazaar! I have always loved crafting. It all started many (many) years ago. In 2003 I started painting on glass and selling my creations on ebay, a website, and craft fairs. Hurricane Katrina hit and it all...

325 views, 0 by Edward Bristol

Edward Bristol

For us it always begins with a stone

In our little niche of untreated gems, almost all jewelry projects start with the stone in hand. My customers decide on the stone first, and then ask ‘How shall we set it?’. That itself is probably not common, is it? I imagine for most members...

159 views, 0 by terisa

Turning brooches to bracelets

I have a ton of wonderful rinestone brooches that I’m trying to turn into a bracelet but struggling on how to attach jump rings to them in a really secure fashion. Any suggestions?

107 views, 0 by Andy B

Andy B

Greetings from Northern Ontario

With this years cold weather I find it hard to get into my woodworking shop. Ever since I quit smoking (Seven months ago, yaaaaw) I needed something else to do… So, I watch a few hundred hours of You Tube to find … jewelry making, that is...

247 views, 0 by Jamesj

Soldering practice metal help

Hi all, I’ve done some limited beading in the past but I’ve always like the idea of doing some “smithing” but I’m skint so didn’t want to waste any money on silver or gold if It wasn’t for me. So when I saw some brass rods on Amazon I thought I’d...

167 views, 0 by 4everDazzled

just saying hello

hello everyone, just stopping by to say hello. I’m new to the group and I look forward to displaying my work and seeing others. I’m a bench jeweler, I design or custom dedign and create necklaces, rings, earrings, bangles, cufflinks, headbands,...

182 views, 0 by Spawn2031

Please help me fix this

Hello folks. Let me first say that I am not a jewelry maker. I have a chain that I need to strengthen and turning to the experts was my first thought. The chain consists of heavy skulls joined together by very flimsy, easy to pull open...

146 views, 0 by Harreh

3.5mm Byzantine necklace

Hi guys. I’ve always loved Byzantine jewelry. I’ve decided I want to make a necklace in sterling silver one for myself. I have a basic understanding of the weave (thanks to YouTube) but I don’t understand aspect ratio. I want to make a 3.5mm...

569 views, 0 by Terrie

Terrie

Beading Retreat, anyone?

I am an avid birdwatcher. Many years ago, several of us who belong to a birding forum, got together for a birding retreat during spring migration, in Corpus Christi, Texas, and the whole South Texas & Texas / Mexican border vicinity. It was a...

918 views, 0 by Terrie

Terrie

My soapbox...

Ok, I need to vent a little bit here. I’ve held my tongue as long as I can on this. I’ve run across it so many times on this site, and on many others. I see, time and time again, when people post photos of jewelry they’ve made, and don’t give...

279 views, 0 by Terrie

Terrie

Jewelers.Community members meet in Scotland!

I traveled to Oban, Scotland, this past May, as a part of a three-week trip across the beautiful Scottish countryside. Oban was a planned stop on our itinerary. Only a few weeks before traveling from the U.S., I joined this Jewelers.Comunity...