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.

SNAG’s list of suppliers can be found here: 2019 Suppliers List

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 discretion.

Suppliers- General Metals, Tools, Gems and Findings

Arizona Sculpture SupplyTempe, AZ- Source for bulk quantities of brown sticky wax as used by David Huang (2-AB56: Medium Brown Molding Wax). This should also be good for stone pulling sticks and casting needs.
The Bead ManHillsboro, OR- Extensive supply of jumprings and info on chain making.
ContentiPawtucket, RI- Range of high-end and economy jewelry tools. Very good prices.
Fire Mountain GemsGrants Pass, OR- Jewelry tools, beads and findings.
GessweinBridgeport, CT- Jewelry tools. They carry Superior #6 flux.
GrobetCarlstadt, NJ- Jewelry tools and equipment. WHOLESALE. Call/ email for prices and terms.
Hoover & StrongN. Chesterfield, VA- Wholesale jewelry manufacturer and supplier of precious metals and stones.
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.
McMaster-CarrAtlanta, GA- Just about anything you can think of. Good place for Delrin- lots of interesting stuff.
MetalliferousMount Vernon, NY- Jewelry tools and non-ferrous shapes for enameling.
Micro MarkBerkeley Heights, NJ- Model building parts and miniature tools
MSC Melville, NY- Industrial tools and supplies.
Reactive MetalsClarkdale, AZ- Niobium and titanium metals and findings. Mokume-gane blanks in sheet and rod and other Japanese alloys.
Rio GrandeAlbuquerque,NM- Huge online supplier for metal, stones, some enamel and tools
Otto FreiSan Francisco, CA- Jewelry tools, findings and supplies.
Phoenix Jewelry Supply/ Finding KingScottsdale, AZ- Jewelry tools and random stuff.
Santa Fe Jewelers SupplyMercantile Court, NM- General jewelry supplier.
SJ Jewelry SupplyPhoenix, AZ- New local supplier for metals, enamels and jewelry tools
Thunderbird SupplyGallup, Albuquerque, Flagstaff- Jewelry tools, mainly beads and findings, some metals.
Widget SupplyAlbany, OR- odd little site that carries a wide range of low end tools and small storage- very economical but not high quality.

Suppliers- Tool Specialists

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

Suppliers- Gem Stones

Best in GemsDublin, OH- Great selection of accent cabs, beads. Excellent customer service.
Dakota StonesEdina, MN- Cabs and beads. Fairly large selection.
Gem Resource InternationalMinneapolis,MN- Faceted and cabochon stones. Wide variety. One of my students recommends them.
Song of the PhoenixPhoenix, AZ- Pam Chott, lapidary artist and jeweler. Custom semi-precious stones, mainly cabs.

Suppliers- Metals/ Refiners

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

Suppliers- Optics, Screws, Plastics, Chemicals, Misc

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

Suppliers- Enamels

Emporium VitreumToronto, On, Canada - Thompson and WG Ball enamels, selection of metals and tools.
Enamel Art SupplyFreedom, CA- Source for Ninomiya and Hirosawa enamels.
E-namelsWilmington, OH- supplier of vintage Thompson enamels and Blythe, Schauer, Milton, and Ninomiya. Source for Gillie Hoyte Byrom's painting enamel kit.
Go FusingMadeira Beach, FL- Glass fusing supplies and water-slide decals.
Milestone Decal ArtOssinning, NY- source for water-slide decals.
Schlaifer's Enameling SuppliesGardnerville, NV- large selection of metals and enamel supplies
Stained Glass ElementsNetherlands- source for water-slide decals.
Thompson EnamelsNewport, KY- For lead-free enamels and supplies

Organizations/Conferences

American Jewelry Design CouncilNon-profit educational corporation, which recognizes and promotes the appreciation of original jewelry design as art
American Crafts CouncilThe premiere all-encompassing national organization for all craft mediums
Arizona Commission on the ArtsGrant and exhibition opportunities for AZ artists
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
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.
Association for Contemporary JewelleryBritish association for jewelry, member-based
Center for Craft, Creativity and DesignAdvancing the understanding of craft by encouraging and supporting research, critical dialogue, and professional development in the United States
Enamelist SocietyMember-based international organization for enameling
Grains of GlassInvitation-based (but free) online community for the promotion, discussion and support of enamel artists
Klimt02Membership-based European (mostly) organization for the promotion of art jewelry. You can sign up for their newsletter for free. Good resource to follow the latest exhibitions/ aesthetics in European art jewelry.
Manufacturing Jewelers and Suppliers of American (MJSA)Trade alliance dedicated to professional excellence in jewelry making and design
National Association of Independent ArtistsNonprofit trade organization that advocates for artists who exhibit at quality outdoor and indoor art and/or fine craft shows
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)
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
Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG)International organization for the promotion and education of art metals
Yuma SymposiumArts conference in Yuma, AZ every Feb.

Exhibitions/ Shows/ Jobs/ Selling Resources

Art Jobs
Art Search Art Jobs
Café Call for Artists
Etsy Wholesale
Government Jobs in the Arts

Publications and Reference

American CraftPremier magazine on all craft media from the American Craft Council
Ganoksin/ OrchidGanoksin and Orchid are a gem and jewelry forum and educational site (membership required)
GIAGemological Institute of America
Jewelry ArtistPublished by Lapidary Journal- basic to advanced metal working articles
Journal of Modern CraftScholarly journal on crafts (subscription required)
Metalsmith MagazineSNAG publication on art metals
OrnamentHigh-end craft magazine on par with American Craft but dedicated exclusively to wearable media