Editor's Picks: Jewelry Supply Holiday Wish List for Jewelry Makers (And it's all on sale!)

21 Nov 2012

Even though I'm at the age when women start saying it's some anniversary of some other acceptable birthday, my dad still asks me for a Christmas list each year. When I was younger, it usually included a doll, an electronic game or two (remember Merlin? Simon? Atari???), and clothes. As I got older, the dolls fell off and the clothes part grew (and I added pursessss). It was just a matter of time before the sparklies made their way onto the list and I started asking Daddy for jewelry for Christmas.

Eventually I had "enough" jewelry (ha! as if that's ever possible) and got interested in making my own crafts--so I asked him for a Dremel tool. That was the beginning of jewelry craft supply Christmas lists for me! (And also the start of lists I think he liked, because they included stuff from the hardware store and the electronics store, which is dad territory!) I asked for a tiny CrockPot for pickle, a Mr. Coffee warmer to dry my metal clay, a flex-shaft tool, and a torch. This year, I'm asking Santa Daddy for a big dapping set (or this one?), some fancy Fretz hammers, and maybe a disc cutter set.  

After all these years of making-the-lists, I like to think I'm kind of an expert. (ha!) So whether you're making the list or buying the gifts, I've got some great suggestions for jewelry supplies for the jewelry makers in your life--even if that means you

For the Metalsmith

Oh, the things Bill Fretz can do with hammers and stakes! Watching his Hammering and Forming DVDs opened my eyes to all the amazing ways that hammers can move metal. Of all the jewelry tools and supplies in my studio, hammers seem to be the one to give me the most bang (ha!) for my buck. Learn great ways to use them by watching Basic Jewelry Hammering and Forming and Hammering and Forming Jewelry, vol. 2.

Another great way to help metal fulfill its greatest potential is by adding texture and/or patina. You'll find lots of ways to do both while adding depth and interest to your designs in the Metalsmith Essentials: Textures and Patinas DVD, including how to create patina on metal using simple household supplies and how to prep metal pieces so they'll accept patinas well. And, of course, no metalsmith's library is complete without a soldering DVD from Lexi Erickson!

For the Metal Stamper

For Christmas last year, I made one of the most meaningful gifts I've ever made, thanks to metal stamping--and I was inspired to do it by Lisa Niven Kelly's Stamped Metal Jewelry book. Think of all the things you want to say to a loved one (I love you!), all the cute little catch phrases that make you giggle thinking about your best friend (shew girl!), all the ways a friend could use encouragement (dream, wish, hope). You can share all these sentiments through stamped metal jewelry (or other stamped metal gifts, like bookmarks, ornaments, etc.) and this book will make sure you do it in style. This year I'm stamping sweet nothings into the bowls of silver spoons for Mama and some other family members so every morning when they stir their coffee, they'll know I love them. Aww!  

For the Mixed-Media Jewelry Maker: Enamel and Resin

I'll probably be adding enamels to my Christmas list this year--if I can wait that long without buying my own, because torch enameling is my current favorite jewelry-making technique. Barbara Lewis's Torch-Fired Enamel Jewelry book is a must-have for anyone interested in enameling, expanding their metal jewelry repertoire, or adding color to their metal jewelry designs. I love torch enameling most because it's so hands-on and you can watch the magic happen right before your eyes--no kiln needed. 

Speaking of hands-on jewelry techniques, resin is right up there with my favorites. The possibilities for embedding and preserving all kinds of paper ephemera, natural treasures, and found objects in bezels with resin make me giddy! I find ways to use resin every week that I wouldn't have thought of before I started using it. And who better to teach and inspire you to create gorgeous resin jewelry than Susan Lenart Kazmer, the resin queen? Grab her Exploring Resin Jewelry-Making DVD and you (or the lucky recipient of it!) will be making gallery-worthy resin jewelry in no time.

For the Wire Enthusiast

When I first started working on Jewelry Making Daily, I wasn't a fan of wire. Poor me! I was sadly blind to all the amazing ways you can use wire in jewelry making--and how much like metalsmithing, which I love, working with wire can be. Now sometimes I think of wire as pre-cut skinny little strips of metal, ha! Lucky for me, a talented designer (Mary Hettmansperger) came along and made a DVD about unique basketry-inspired ways to use wire in jewelry designs, including weaving, looping, and twining. It's one of my favorite jewelry-making resources ever, partly because it's so unique and partly because the results are just stunning--and not hard to do! The jewelry maker who owns Weaving Wire Jewelry will never be without ideas for making great jewelry.

The Workbench Guide to Jewelry Techniques
For Everyone!

If you don't know where to start (for buying the gift or making the jewelry), The Workbench Guide to Jewelry Techniques is the book for you. It's a hugely handy and complete resource that covers every jewelry-making technique you can think of--making it perfect for beginners who want to start making jewelry and for experienced jewelry makers who need refreshers on their skills or want to learn new ones. I heard Santa himself placed a big order for these awhile back, I'm just sayin'... 

All of these great jewelry-making supplies and resources are on sale now! Find them and hundreds of other great products for yourself and every jewelry maker or jewelry lover on your list in the Jewelry Making Daily Shop--and use coupon code EXTRA15 to save an additional 15% off through Sunday, Nov. 25!

What jewelry-making books or DVDs are on your list this year? I'd love to hear about it in the comments below. One of you just might win what you wish for . . . ho ho ho!

Featured Products

Metalsmith Essentials Hammering and Forming Jewelry Volume 2 DVD

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Master complex techniques and boost your skills as you learn the ins and outs of forming inside curves in pierced forms, soldered joints, twisted shapes, and much more.


Metalsmith Essentials Textures and Patinas DVD

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Join experienced metalsmith Helen Driggs in 11 watch-and-learn lessons for all you need to get started texturing and patinating jewelry.


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laneyblue wrote
on 22 Nov 2012 12:14 AM

I have this on my Amazon wish list and am hoping someone gifts me with it for the Yule holiday is More Wirewrapping: The Basics and Beyond by Jim McIntosh. I am just getting into wirewrapping and have read many reviews and articles which have said that this is one of the best books one can own. I am praying AND keeping my fingers crossed, you never know which will work best!

on 25 Nov 2012 12:24 PM

Oh I can't decide between the resin collection, or the Torched fired enameled books...  But if I had to pick just one...I couldn't.  I'll have to let Santa decide.  One of my favorite inspirational sites.  Thank you <3

miabeth wrote
on 25 Nov 2012 12:25 PM

Metal stamps and a quality rock tumbler are at the top of my wishlist! I would like to expand my skills on wire working!  

on 25 Nov 2012 7:35 PM

On my wish list???  I have been wanting to try kumihimo, resin, enamel looks fun too. That workbench jewelry techniques probably has alot of good info!  A nice set of wire wrapping tools would be wonderful....I can just go on and on.....

morrighan958 wrote
on 29 Dec 2012 7:05 PM

I would love to have the Making Hollow Rings DVD, that would be awesome.

Sasha@24 wrote
on 29 Dec 2012 7:07 PM

I would most like to have a fritz stake since I got the stake holder only so far! The textures and Latinas DVD would be great, as well as the Weaving Wire Jewelry for even more cool techniques!!

morrighan958 wrote
on 29 Dec 2012 7:08 PM

Oh, I forgot...the best thing would be some jewelry sized stakes. they would make fabrication sooooo much easier!!. But if only a book or DVD, then I'd love to win Making Hollow Rings :-)

tinamfiore wrote
on 29 Dec 2012 7:19 PM

I LOVE books - for me they are one of the best ways to learn something.  I only recently started metalsmithing and am already hooked.  I would love Gemstone Settings The Jewelry Maker's Guide to Styles & Techniques, Encyclopedia of Contemporary Jewelry-Making Techniques, Torch-Fired Enamel Jewelry: A Workshop in Painting with Fire and Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, 1 Year Subscription.  I am also facinated with fold forming and would LOVE Metalsmith Essentials: Basic Jewelry Fold Forming.  It is an amazing looking technique.

A.J.3 wrote
on 29 Dec 2012 7:19 PM

My wish list includes a dapping set, either of Barbara Lewis's torch-fire enameling books/DVDs, and a set of metal patinas. There are so many new things I want to try!

Flamingomtn wrote
on 29 Dec 2012 7:27 PM

I would love to have any of the Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist collections.  I haven't had a subscription since 2007 and I've about worn out my old issues, reading them over and over.  Love it!

Flamingomtn wrote
on 29 Dec 2012 7:27 PM

I would love to have any of the Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist collections.  I haven't had a subscription since 2007 and I've about worn out my old issues, reading them over and over.  Love it!

Cmccloud wrote
on 29 Dec 2012 7:29 PM

The next thing i want to learn isforming so I would love either of the hammering and forming DVD's.  And some fancy Fretz hammers.  :-)

Phirestorm wrote
on 29 Dec 2012 7:44 PM

Well I asked Santa for the Basic Metalsmithing bundle.  I got Glenlivet 18 and Kraken.  Not bad, but I still want the collection!

on 29 Dec 2012 7:46 PM

I would love any subscriptions like Lapidary Journal or Wire Artist or any Bead magazine. I would love to try enamels also. Or some resin or some mold making. Anyway, I could go on...I love this site too. Thank you for all you do.

on 29 Dec 2012 8:17 PM

My wish is for the resin DVD

Barb0308 wrote
on 29 Dec 2012 8:37 PM

I would love to have Metal STamped Jewelry by lisa niven or the one hour ring book.

pi623 wrote
on 29 Dec 2012 8:39 PM

With all the metal work that I do,I haven't ventured into the realm of enameling and would love to! So, on my Christmas list I have an enameling kit!

MarleneCat wrote
on 29 Dec 2012 8:43 PM

I hope this is where we need to post our "entry" for the contest. I would love supplies for the Party Hat Cocktail Ring for New Year's Eve. MarleneCat - just joined today! :-)  >^..^<

BeadCat wrote
on 29 Dec 2012 8:54 PM

I would have love love loved to have gotten a small kiln and some pmc silver clay to play with...unfortunately budget could not allow that. Got some stuff to use with my Vintaj big kick though. So that will keep me busy for now!

rosybunny wrote
on 29 Dec 2012 9:03 PM

I want to learn everything but I'll happily start with SLK's Resin DVD many thanks for a great website.

labobula wrote
on 29 Dec 2012 9:47 PM

I would love to get the Metalsmith-Essentials-Basic-Jewelry-Hammering-and-Forming-DVD!

pestkaj wrote
on 29 Dec 2012 9:52 PM

Oh I so have Torch-Fired Enamel Jewelry book on my wish list!

LaurelM@15 wrote
on 30 Dec 2012 7:11 AM

I have wanted "Hand Finishing Jewelry" video download-- hope I get it!

BSJ wrote
on 30 Dec 2012 8:02 AM

Tammy - Hope it's not to late to enter. With Valentines day coming up I would love the heart shape disc cutters

AnnCaw wrote
on 30 Dec 2012 10:18 AM

I would love, love, love 'The Crafter's Guide to taking Great Photos' by Heidi Adnum... please!!

susanki wrote
on 30 Dec 2012 12:58 PM

I would love to have a copy of the new video Shoot, Share, Sell.  I bought the iPhone 5 specifically to take photo's of jewelry.  I still need to understand the lighting and focus techniques.  Thanks for the opportunity.

andricain wrote
on 30 Dec 2012 11:53 PM

I'd love Sue Heaser's new book, Metal Clay For Jewelry Makers!!

SusanS@160 wrote
on 31 Dec 2012 7:31 AM

My wish list is long:  Basic Jewelry Hammering and Forming and Hammering and Forming Jewelry, vol. 2, Metal Clay For Jewelry Makers. ...I'd love a set of enamels, dapping set, texture hammers.....sigh.