Sharilyn Miller
Wire & Metal Art Jewelry
Tools, Materials & Resources
My students often request a list of
recommended jewelry-making tools
and sources for purchasing them.
I have therefore provided some lists (below) that
I hope you will find helpful
when buying tools for the first time.
I have no affiliation with the manufacturers or retailers
who make and sell the tools I recommend,
and I do not receive any discounts, kickbacks,
or any other compensation for recommending them.
The first list is brief and includes
everything you need to get started.
If you find that you love making wire jewelry,
you will also want to add tools from the second list
as your budget allows.
Absolutely Must-Have Tools
Small round-nose pliers
Recommend: Baby Wubbers (Wired Up Beads)
Alternative: Lindstrom (Rio Grande), order #111-142
Alternative: Swanstrom (Rio Grande), order #111-298

Large round-nose pliers
Recommend: Wubbers (Wired Up Beads), order #WUB101
Alternative: Rio (Rio Grande), order #111-187

Chain-nose pliers
Recommend: Wubbers (Wired Up Beads), order #WUB105
Alternative: Swanstrom (Rio Grande), order #111-300

Flat-nose pliers
Recommend: Wubbers (Wired Up Beads), order #WUB103
Alternative: Swanstrom (Rio Grande), order #111-301

Heavy-duty wire cutters
Recommend: Wubbers (Wired Up Beads), order #CUT-1.00
Alternative: Swanstrom (Rio Grande), order #111-706

Jeweler’s ruler
Recommend: Rio (Rio Grande), order #116-022/10

Chasing hammer with a rounded face
Recommend: Wired Up Beads, no order number given

Hard plastic mallet
Recommend: Hard yellow plastic mallet (The Hammer Source), order #15002
Alternative: Rio (Rio Grande), order #112-229

Steel bench block, 2.5 inches square
Recommend: Wired Up Beads, no order number given
Alternative: Rio (Rio Grande), order #112-495
Additional Tools
(As Your Budget Allows)
Wire gauge measuring tool
Recommend: General 0-36 wire gauge (Silver Supplies), order #67.05.004

Large bail making pliers
Recommend: Wubbers (Wired Up Beads), no order number given

Small embossing hammer
Recommend: Fretz (Rio Grande), order #112-465

Small jeweler’s files
Recommend: Friedrich Dick set of five (Rio Grande), order #114-777

Jeweler’s saw frame
Recommend: Ultralight Swiss (Rio Grande), order #110-060
Alternative: Samson French (Rio Grande), order #110-123

Saw blades
Recommend: Laser Gold (Rio Grande), order #110-314

Bench pin & clamp
Recommend: V-slot bench pin & clamp (Rio Grande), order #110-010

Jeweler’s polishing cloth
Recommend: yellow “Sunshine” cloth (Rio Grande), order #337-013
Alternative: Sunspray jewelry cleaner (Rio Grande), order #336-296

Ring mandrel, steel
Recommend: Rio tapered mandrel (Rio Grande), order #112-366
Alternative: Rio stepped mandrel (Rio Grande), order #112-370

Ring mandrel holder, steel
Recommend: Rio (Rio Grande), order #112-385

Bracelet mandrel, steel
Recommend: tapered (Rio Grande), order #112-115
Alternative: stepped (Rio Grande, order #112-027

Necklace mandrel, steel
Recommend: Rio (Rio Grande), order #112-274

Liver of sulfur, dry concentrate
Recommend: Midas (Rio Grande), order #331-030

Jewelry tumbler
Recommend: Lortone (Rio Grande), order #202-105

Jewelry shot (use with jewelry tumbler)
Recommend: stainless steel mixed shot (Rio Grande), order #339-388

Burnishing compound (use with jewelry tumbler & shot)
Recommend: Super Sunsheen (Rio Grande), order #339-394
Tools from the Hardware Store
and Harbor Freight
Copper wire
Copper tacks
Tubing cutter
Handheld drill
¼-inch copper tubing
Measuring tapes, rulers
0000 (superfine) steel wool
Deep throat metal hole punch
Indelible marker (Sharpie pen)
Copper washers (different sizes)
Yellow brass washers (different sizes)
Resources
Africa Direct Beads
Hammer Source
Phone: 877 496-2537
Happy Mango Beads
email: info@happymangobeads.com
Harbor Freight
Phone: 805 388-3000
Holbein Mat Acrylic Paints
Phone: 800 790-2552
Jacquard Paints
Phone: 800 442-0455
Metalliferous
Phone: 888 944-0909
Natural Touch Resin Beads
Phone: 707 781-0808
Rio Grande
Phone: 800 545-6566
Shipwreck Beads
Phone: 800 950-4232
Silver Supplies
Phone: 800 882-8750
Thunderbird Supply
Phone: 800 545-7968
Wired Up Beads
Phone: 817 421-3030
Any questions?
Please e-mail me:
SharilynMiller@mac.com
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