Saturday, October 14, 2017
The above photo is a collection of rogue cable needles that take just a bit of time to make and are perfect for giving to your knitting friends,
As I head back to Rhinebeck to teach my metal work for fiber artists classes I thought I should update the info from this blog two years ago.
Wire: Allcraft 800-645-7124 Allcraft
I use their bronze wire which they call Nugold for it's warm look and cost effectiveness. When hammered it holds it shape. I also use copper, which is not as strong and nickel which is super strong but should never be worn directly against skin due to the high percent of possible allergic reactions. The most popular gauges are 14 gauge, 12 gauge and 10 gauge. They also carry tools and other jewelry supplies. I have found them helpful for recommending products. I usually get my order quickly. Tell Tevan I said "hi".
One Huge Jewelry Catalog: Rio Grande
What can I say to prepare you for the jewelry catalog from heaven/hell. A great resource for beginners (though more than a bit overwhelming) as they show many items for comparison in any category and the pictures are great. I live in MA so shipping from the southwest can make an impact on my decision. They also have a packaging and display catalog along with more craft supplies. And they are the only source for the Propolish Pads, item # 337020. I have never seen anything that shines metal like the little white squares.
Your Local Hardware Store. Really! You can get a great and easy to keep up finish with #0000 steel wool. I have found wire and once a hammer to get me through when I was in a state of desperation.
Nothing beats the next two names for that: Alexander Calder and Mary Lee Hu. Just putting either of these names into Google or Pinterest will guarantee an internet rabbit hole worth the dive. They are vastly different in their style so who knows who else might show up.
Pinterest and Youtube Tutorials:
I offer this one to give you a taste of the potential.