Hi, I'm new here too. For good tools at reasonable prices check out Contenti Jewelry Making Supplies web site. In many tools they have a selection from professional to imported, less expensive, good if you'd rather spend your money on silver than hammers ans saws. They have a jump ring making set that I lust after. I used it in a class and it makes a tedious job much easier, but, I really don't need to make that many jump rings. They are in Pawtucket RI
:D I'm new here....obviously. I LOVE metal smithing. I'll post some of my work when I get pictures of it. I just finished out my semester at Columbia College Chicago, so I am a little behind. I'm studying photography there, but I just took a semester in jewelry for non-majors. I was so excited that the soldering torch was the first thing we got to learn about! :D I was so upset when the semester ended. I'm going to start building a collection of tools soon though, so I can keep on working. I just learned that Fire Mountain Gems, a bead store I go to online, is starting to carry metalsmithing tools for jewelry as well. My wishlist is going to explode!
Anyways. I'm so glad this group was made. I am in love with metalsmithing and am glad to have people to geek over it with. :)
BTW: Here's a link to my beadwork that I've done *and had the time to take pictures of*. They are dread sleeves, and once I get the chance, I'm going to put them up on Etsy.
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