How to get your jewelry making supplies in bulk


Get a Federal Tax Identification Number. An FTID is a number that identifies you as being in the jewelry business. resin Eiffel tower pendants You can get an FTID from the IRS via an application online. The number will allow you to work with wholesalers as a member of the profession and let you separate out business expenses from other household expenses for tax purposes. raw brass filigree charms
Attend area trade shows. Trade shows are shows where suppliers showcase their goods to buyers and retailers. Some shows allow anyone to attend for the price of a ticket. filigree brass charms Others require you to demonstrate that you have a Federal Tax Identification Number and work in the jewelry business before you can enter the door.
Investigate alternative means of getting supplies. If you only plan to make a few items each year, you may not find it beneficial to purchase jewelry making supplies in bulk. Consider alternative sources. Thrift shops often have a selection of jewelry to pick from. China Beads Wholesale You can easily pick apart an already made item and use the beads or jewels to make your own objects at lesser cost. Attend garage sales or estate sales to pick up cheap jewelry elements.
Buy from wholesale warehouses. Wholesale warehouses are stores that specialize in providing a wide range of goods at large discount. A wholesale jewelry supplier may ask you for your FTID in advance or simply let you purchase items without one. gule in cabochon settings Some wholesale suppliers offer high end gems, fastenings, claps, individually painted glass beads and leather bands. Others offer plastic items designed for the costume jewelry market.
Use less traditional suppliers. glue in cabochon settings pendants A discount hardware store can be the ideal place to purchase copper wires on sale and in large quantities as well other items used to craft jewelry such as pliers. gule in cabochon settings Your local discount store, art supply store or school supply may offer beads and other material intended for creating craft projects at very low cost.

Findings and pliers



Use round-nose pliers to bend wire, thin rod stock or jewelry head pins. gule in cabochon settings. You can also use them as an improvised ring roller to make S-hooks and small jump rings. Flat-nose pliers help you hold items steady while opening and closing jump rings or when drawing out heavy-gauge wire for hammered effects.

Crimping Pliers

Crimps are small, tube-like bits of metal that can be squeezed tight around the wire or other line you use. It is more professional to end a necklace or bracelet snug against the last bead or finding with a crimp instead of a knot. Crimps prevent beads from sliding out of place and exposing the wire, string or tiger tail. They also prevent beads from jumping from one side of a clasp to another.

Findings are all the items used to connect various parts of a piece of jewelry together, according to the Gem Affair website's jewelry glossary. raw brass filigree charms. They include earring studs and hooks, bead caps, jump rings, clasps, crimps, S-hooks, eye pins, head pins, T-pins and settings. Head pins are extra-long, blunt-ended straight pins. Eye pins are head pins with a ring or "eye" at one end. resin Eiffel tower pendants. You can make your own filigree bead caps, jump rings and S-hooks from thin-gauge wire in under a minute if you do not want to buy them. Findings also includes the precious and semi-precious metals, stones and other natural items used to make jewelry, according to the Enchanted Learning website.