Some of us have favorites, but are shy about listing our name on the website. So, here are some more of Rings & Things staff favorite jewelry-making tools, beads, findings, chain, charms and glues (along with a small handful of comments / reasons at the bottom of the page).
And a few comments about some of these favorites
#86-422-004: Use the verdigris patina by Vintaj to add a beautiful touch of color to your jewelry designs and mixed media creations.
#86-381-006: This golden-silver paste is perfect for metal jewelry. It softens brassy looking findings, hi-lights oxidized pieces and adds a subtle, gentle color to harmonize mixed metal components. It's a must-have, all-purpose color.
#86-343: Win-Ox miracle oxidizer black colorant is a bench staple. It is a reliable, fast antiquing solution.
#69-613: The perfect torch! Use MAPP gas to enamel, change the fuel tank and use Propane Gas to anneal! Definitely use with the fuel tank holder (#69-614).
#69-380: A strong, reliable tapered flush cutter that works well on heavier wire.
#69-347: This tube-cutting jig is awesome -- it works for tubing and heavy-gauge wire, and works both left-handed and right-handed. You can hold it in one hand, while using a jeweler's saw with the other hand, or for finer control, you can place the red handle in a vise.
#69-271... The Glitter line of tools aren't quite as nice as Wubbers or Lindstrom tools, but they are great entry level tools -- not too expensive, but they are reliable, and their sparkle makes them easier to find in your work area.
#69-205-52 We love all of the Fretz Hammers, but this is amazing. You just can't beat a good chasing hammer!
#63-528: The pads last forever, are very convenient to use and provide a beautiful luster that is unparalleled when compared to other products of this type.
#63-255-34-04: These pink organza bags are perfect for packaging bridesmaid gifts, party favors and other small tokens. Keep a few different sized bags on-hand for last-minute gifting crises.
#61-460-20-32 20mm Nylon Tassel in Heather: The grayish plum color is a nice subtle accent to nearly everything!
#59-500: This sterling silver flower button is also pretty as a pendant.
#51-720-012-316-0-S: Dangle a few charms from the bracelet, and highlight the phrasing with Cream Gilder's Paste (to really make the words pop against the brass).
#45-210-001: Metal etching is fun, safe and addictive. It's amazing that simple metal blanks can transform into such beautiful jewelry components. If you haven't ever etched metal, it's time!
#43-392-3 8-Strand Silver Chain Tassel: We love cutting the chain links to be shorter - creating a tiny tassel!
#34-986: Wear alone as loops, or add a dangle. However you choose to do it, these secure earwires are amazing.
#34-572: Add a crystal to these sterling silver long kidney wires and you have stunningly simple earrings.
#05-328-04-928: Bohemian Rhapsody Swarovski Jams Assortment of 4mm bicone beads -- beautiful name for a beautiful mix!