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Below is a listing of the supplies I use for my jewelry designs, from jump ring sizes to gemstone beads,
along with links to assist sourcing your rings and beads to stock your studio. Review the hand tools used.

Jump rings by the troy ounce from Spiderchain in four metals and both inch and mm sizes.
Wire from Rio Grande in Argentium silver, 14/20 gold-filled, red brass (bronze), and copper.
Magnetic beads from Magnetic Arts for handcrafting magnetic clasp in multiple sizes and colors.
Czech glass beads by the strand from Fire Mountain Gems, in red, blue, and green basic M&M colors.



20-gauge (0.812mm) with 2.75mm ID ring
Spiderchain jump ring size = 7:20

This jump ring size creates a fine Byzantine chain, making 5½ knot formations per inch of chain, and is combined with the 16-gauge, 4.5mm connector rings for more advanced designs.

This is a very small ring size for advanced weavers.




19-gauge (0.914mm) with 3.1mm ID ring
Spiderchain jump ring size = 3.1m19

This jump ring size creates a small Byzantine chain, making 5 knot formations per inch of chain; and is combined with the15-gauge, 5mm connector rings for more advanced designs.

My favorite ring size for making geometric patterns.




18-gauge (1.02mm) with 3.5mm ID ring
Spiderchain jump ring size = 3.5m18

This jump ring size creates a regular Byzantine chain, making 4 knot formations per inch of chain; and is combined with the 14-gauge, 5.5mm connector rings for more advanced designs.

Free tutorial for assembling the Byzantine chain.




16-gauge (1.3mm) with 4.1mm ID ring
Spiderchain jump ring size = 10:16

This jump ring size creates the Jens Pind chain, assembles a simple 2+2+2 Double chain, and crafts a 1+1+1 Single chain with adding charms.

Free tutorial for assembling the Jens Pind chain.




18-gauge (1.02mm) with 4.5mm ID ring
Spiderchain jump ring size = 4.5m18

This jump ring size creates the repetitive Inca Puño chain, and can be used to create the three-ring-spiraling Flower formations, repetitive Mobius pattern, and alternating Dubious chain.

Free tutorial for assembling the Inca Puño chain.




16-gauge (1.3mm) with 4.5mm ID ring
Spiderchain jump ring size = 11:16

This larger jump ring size creates a Byzantine chain, making 3½ knot formations per inch of chain; and the connector rings for the smaller 20g, 2.75mm rings in more advanced designs.

Ideal for crafting a masculine necklace.



15-gauge (1.45mm) with 5mm ID ring
Spiderchain jump ring size = 13:15

This jump ring size creates a large Byzantine chain, making 3 knot formations per inch of chain; the connector rings for the smaller 19-gauge, 3.1mm rings, and S-clasp catch rings.

Ideal for crafting a masculine bracelet.





14-gauge (1.63mm) with 5.5mm ID ring
Spiderchain jump ring size = 14:14

This jump ring size creates a huge Byzantine chain, making 2½ knot formations per inch of chain; the connector rings for the smaller 18-gauge, 3.5mm rings, and S-clasp catch rings.

 




17-gauge (1.14mm) with 8.75mm ID ring
Spiderchain jump ring size = 22:17

This large-diameter ring size is utilized in the fourth book spiraling series, allowing up to 20 rings to be interwoven into the a Spiral Ball design. If you are using copper, you will need a larger 9m17cu size.


To create large 11mm, 13.5mm, and 23mm diameter jump rings to be soldered into frames for the projects in the fifth book, I use a variety of steel gas-pipe sections, sourced at hardware stores. Each pipe is fitted with a decreasing coupler tube fitting, which allows the pipe to be held in the three-prong chuck of the electric drill used to wrap wire into a coil. Before you can wrap wire, you will need to drill a hole into the pipe at the end of the threads, allowing the wire to hook into the pipe and hold the coil’s tension for the wrapping process.

Sorry, the supplier has gone out out of business and I have not found another source - bummer!

Magnetic beads were available in two sizes (6 or 7mm dia), two shapes (1mm disks and 4mm tubes), and 3 colors (silver, gold, and black). Utilized to create a magnetic clasp by setting a 19-gauge (0.91mm) headpins through the 1mm hole within the stacked disks, and the center tube hides both 2mm teardropped headpins.



I used Czech glass beads from Fire Mountain Gems in blue, green, and red in basic M&M colors for the kits.


Red carnelian beads in 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10mm sizes, that have been heat-treated to have a cherry red color.

4, 6, and 8mm at Rio Grande,
2, 3, and 10mm at YouPearl .



4mm diameter parachute cord has a braided sheath with seven strands within that I utilize for suspending large metal centerpieces and for wire-wrapping the Reef Knot Finger Ring within the 5th book.

Purchase paracord in a variety of colors at
parachutecord.net or camping survival.com.


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