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Sunday, May 18, 2014

Searching for the bits and baubles that make jewelry fun.

Supply issues are one of the most important concerns in making art jewelry. Where to buy, whether to share sources and how to stay fresh are always topics in most jewelry groups.
I have been using 4 or 5 sources for much of my purchases the last few years.  Each has some pluses and a few negatives. My pet peeve is when the source carries something erratically. Go there once and see something interesting but when we go back to purchase it we find it out of stock or no longer carried. Unless you buy many identical pieces when you see them you are at risk of being disappointed. Having many sources for the same products is best. But that can lead to stagnation, so I constantly hunt for new sources, whether it is for stamped metal, beads, or wire.

I want to introduce you to a new player https://www.etsy.com/shop/SteampunkSupplyStore. You probably recognize the owner as an active jewelry artist.  Inventor of the trademarked and coyprighted Sightmares and growing celebrity Dr Brassy Steamington.

Dr Brassy has over 25 pages of excellent metal stampings. The stock ranges from common items in many finishes to more unusual stampings with a bit of edge.  I went through https://www.etsy.com/shop/SteampunkSupplyStore page by page this afternoon and placed an order. I was pleasantly surprised at the sensible prices and the excellent variety of finishes. Dr Brassy is carrying many colors no one else has. And many stampings I have not seen elsewhere.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/174294169/silver-plated-brass-art-nouveau-or-art?ref=shop_home_active_5   this is the background piece in my newest piece
I used a brass ox version behind this macabre necklace.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/182881351/black-brass-medium-bird-wings-in?ref=shop_home_active_17
How about black wings?
Or a beautiful copper ring https://www.etsy.com/listing/182881351/black-brass-medium-bird-wings-in?ref=shop_home_active_17

Dr Brassy has many new and exciting items to boost your creativity.


1 comment:

  1. very gothic cool like the small cross bead

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