Resources

This page is here to provide you with handy access to suppliers, organizations and publications for the metals and jewelry world. Please feel free to contact me if you find a dead link or discover a quality metals resource online to add.

I have not had personal experience with every vendor/ organization on this page. This list is intended as a helpful starting point but is not an endorsement of any specific business or organization. Use these resources at your own risk.

Suppliers- General Metals, Tools, Gems and Findings

SJ Jewelry SupplyPhoenix, AZ- New local supplier for metals, enamels and jewelry tools
Langertz Netzband Jewelry SupplyPhoenix, AZ- Local supplier on the west side of town for jewelry tools
Lonnie'sPhoenix, AZ- Local supplier for metals, enamels and jewelry tools
Rio GrandeAlbuquerque,NM- Huge online supplier for metal, stones, some enamel and tools
Hoover & StrongN. Chesterfield, VA- Wholesale jewelry manufacturer and supplier of precious metals and stones.
Reactive MetalsClarkdale, AZ- Niobium and titanium metals and findings. Mokume-gane blanks in sheet and rod and other Japanese alloys.
Fire Mountain GemsGrants Pass, OR- Jewelry tools, beads and findings.
ContentiPawtucket, RI- Range of high-end and economy jewelry tools. Very good prices.
Thunderbird SupplyGallup, Albuquerque, Flagstaff- Jewelry tools, mainly beads and findings, some metals.
GrobetCarlstadt, NJ- Jewelry tools and equipment. Call/ email for prices and terms.
Otto FreiSan Francisco, CA- Jewelry tools, findings and supplies.
MSC Melville, NY- Industrial tools and supplies.
Phoenix Jewelry Supply/ Finding KingScottsdale, AZ- Jewelry tools and random stuff.
GessweinBridgeport, CT- Jewelry tools. They carry Superior #6 flux.
MetalliferousMount Vernon, NY- Jewelry tools and non-ferrous shapes for enameling.
Santa Fe Jewelers SupplyMercantile Court, NM- General jewelry supplier.
Industrial Metal SupplyTempe, AZ- Local supplier for copper, brass. Look for their “Artist Bin” towards the back of the showroom. Bring your metal gauge or print out a handy conversion chart here.
Widget SupplyAlbany, OR- odd little site that carries a wide range of low end tools and small storage- very economical but not high quality.
McMaster-CarrAtlanta, GA- Just about anything you can think of. Good place for Delrin- lots of interesting stuff.
The Bead ManHillsboro, OR- Extensive supply of jumprings and info on chain making.
Micro MarkBerkeley Heights, NJ- Model building parts and miniature tools

Suppliers- Tool Specialists

Micro-tronicsTempe, AZ- Water and laser jet services.
The Carving Glove GuySaline, MI- Dockyard Micro Carving Tools
NC BlackNorth Carolina- Billet steel milled custom hammers and forming tools.
Pieh Tools Camp Verde, AZ- Hammers and other forming tools
Potter USATucson, AZ- Pancake and cutting dies, hydraulic presses, forming tools
Sheltech Custom DiesBelen, NM- custom pancake dies and cutting dies
Harbor Freight Country-wide- Economical assortment of tools and equipment- somewhat hit or miss.
EsslingerSaint Paul, MN- Jewelry and watch making tools/ supplies
PJ Tool & SupplyBay Shore, NY- Assorted economy tools, ala Harbor Freight but with more emphasis on jewelry tools.

Suppliers- Metals/ Refiners

Hoover & StrongN. Chesterfield, VA- Wholesale jewelry manufacturer and supplier of precious metals and stones.
Hauser & MillerSt Louis, MO- Online supplier for precious metals only: silver, gold, bi-metal
David H. Fell LA and Phoenix- Fine metals refiner
Myron TobackNY, NY- findings, accessories and refining

Suppliers- Optics, Screws, Plastics, Chemicals, Misc

Krohn IndustriesNew Jersey- Solders, metal cleaners, electroplating supplies and fluxes
NventaScottsdale, AZ- Liquid flux that reduces firescale
Chem-labPhoenix, AZ- chemicals for etching and patinas
TechniksRingoes, NJ- PNP (Press-N-Peal) etching film
J.I. Morris Co.Southbridge, MA- Miniature screws and fasteners/ polishing materials
J.P Ruklic Fastener Co.Harvey, IL- Miniature screws and fasteners
Edmund OpticsBarrington, NJ- lenses, fiber optics, etc.
E Street PlasticsRoyse City, TX- Acrylic and plexiglass

Suppliers- Enamels

Thompson EnamelsNewport, KY- For lead-free enamels and supplies
Schlaifer's Enameling SuppliesGardnerville, NV- large selection of metals and enamel supplies
Enamelwork SupplySeattle, WA- Coral Shaffer’s company and is very a very good source for enamels and other supplies.
E-namelsWilmington, OH- supplier of vintage enamels, including Thompson, Blythe, Schauer, and Milton
Stained Glass ElementsNetherlands- source for water-slide decals.
Milestone Decal ArtOssinning, NY- source for water-slide decals.
Bel DecalMedley, FL- source for laser printing decal paper
Go FusingMadeira Beach, FL- Glass fusing supplies and water-slide decals.

Organizations/Conferences

Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG)International organization for the promotion and education of art metals
Arizona Designer Craftsman (ADC)State crafts organization
Artists Blacksmith Association of North American (ABANA)National organization dedicated to the art of blacksmithing through promotion of working blacksmiths and education
American Crafts CouncilThe premiere all-encompassing national organization for all craft mediums
Enamelist SocietyMember-based international organization for enameling
Arizona Commission on the ArtsGrant and exhibition opportunities for AZ artists
Society of American SilversmithsFounded in 1989 as the nation's only organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of silversmithing (focus is on holloware and small sculpture)
CrafthausSubscription-based artists community/ forum
Yuma SymposiumArts conference in Yuma, AZ every Feb.
American Jewelry Design CouncilNon-profit educational corporation, which recognizes and promotes the appreciation of original jewelry design as art
Manufacturing Jewelers and Suppliers of American (MJSA)Trade alliance dedicated to professional excellence in jewelry making and design
Society of Arts and CraftsIncorporated in 1897. Mission is to encourage the creation, collection, and promotion of the work of contemporary craft artists and to advance public appreciation of fine craft
Grains of GlassInvitation-based (but free) online community for the promotion, discussion and support of enamel artists
Center for Craft, Creativity and DesignAdvancing the understanding of craft by encouraging and supporting research, critical dialogue, and professional development in the United States
National Association of Independent ArtistsNonprofit trade organization that advocates for artists who exhibit at quality outdoor and indoor art and/or fine craft shows
Art Jewelry Forum (AJF)Art Jewelry Forum (AJF) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization established in 1997 to advocate for the field of contemporary art jewelry.

Exhibitions/ Shows/ Jobs/ Selling Resources

Etsy Wholesale
Café Call for Artists
Art Search Art Jobs
Art Jobs
The Art Career Project
Government Jobs in the Arts
Art Jobs Board

Publications and Reference

Metalsmith MagazineSNAG publication on art metals
OrnamentHigh-end craft magazine on par with American Craft but dedicated exclusively to wearable media
American CraftPremier magazine on all craft media from the American Craft Council
Glass on MetalPublished by Thompson Enamels/ Carpenter Foundation and apparently defunct although you can get past articles issues from this link. You will get some dead pages.
(Not affiliated with the Enamelist Society)
Jewelry ArtistPublished by Lapidary Journal- basic to advanced metal working articles
Ganoksin/ OrchidGanoksin and Orchid are a gem and jewelry forum and educational site (membership required)
GIAGemological Institute of America
Journal of Modern CraftScholarly journal on crafts (subscription required)
Lark CraftsFormerly "Lark Books." Publishers of craft anthologies (500 series) and "how-to" books