above 5 jewelery pliers set from Micheal's.... it is $16.99 Canadian, or $9.95 USD. The individual pliers below were found at a local dollar store for $2.00 each and the rubber grip on the handles is much MUCH better than those from Micheal's.
ALSO; ALL THE JEWELERY I MAKE IS FOR ME, I DON'T SELL IT OR PASS IT ALONG TO ANYONE.... THIS IS WHAT I DO IN MY SPARE TIME - I am not saving any money by purchasing raw materials and finding all these beads and things, because it really does add up - this is one of my hobbies and i really, really enjoy doing this. This is a fun somewhat easy hobby, I love the things I make and I enjoy creating new unique pieces of jewelery.
=I'm trying to whip up a few pieces each week =
keeping me on track is me trying to do a weekly post.
My best advice is to hit up dollar stores and thrift-stores, as well as yard sales for beads and such. I have been tremendously lucky at the dollar stores in my town - finding beautiful beads and wire and such.
Mall costume jewelery stores have also been a great source of supplies, I have yet to find a source to purchase chain which is more economical than purchasing rolls or length of chain ( In Canada ).
below - jewelery pliers I found at the 'buck or two' dollar store in my town
round nose pliers' ===SCORE ===
a few components I found on Sale at Micheal's Crafts
from a dollar store in my town( this is a good deal )
Below; from Joanne's crafts store in the USA- all these things cost $6-ish USD total, here in Canada all these items would cost over $20.00 and I cannot find black ear-wires here. However if you use coupons and take advantage of sales you can do pretty well at Micheal's crafts store = but they are seriously lacking in black accessories and finding for jewelery.
EDIT; here is a terrible photo of some wire I have used in making some f my jewelery pieces - it did not get dingy or gross, and it was cheap!!!!
These are from Walmart Canada, they are $2.50 each package = a good deal
I found a good amount of multi-sized beads at one of the dollar stores in my town, for $1.50! There is some beautiful shades of blue in here, the store also carried an assortment of teals, reds, black, browns, and a few other colors in a zip lock bag for $1.50 as well...... so with some wire and findings, I could make a tonne of pieces with these lovely beads.
sorry I don't have a photo of the baggie they came in, I may pick up the teal beads so I will have to snap a photo of those.
here are 2 pairs of earrings I found at the Dollar-Rama, for 2 bucks. I bought these for their components and have already made 2 pretty pairs of earrings. I have found it is usually smarter to pick up these jewelry pieces and use the components than it is to purchase items individually. It was hard to find small filigree pieces such as these cute flowers.
a few 5 for 10 necklaces i picked up at Ardene, a Canadian accessory store. Why on earth chain is so expensive, being sold my the meter, verses picking up a necklace with a lot of chain is puzzling. I could not find the dull darker steel coloured chain; like that on the necklace with the crosses = = = forever! Where do you even buy stuff like that? I have found jump rings, and other findings and accessories for jewelery in this finish but I have never been able to find the chain with that finish and colour.
here is another photo with some things i picked up at the Claire's store during a 10 for 10 sale last summer.... I have made many earrings by utilizing components from those gold necklaces. I kept 1 wear and used the other 2 to whip up some bracelets, and earrings.
I also used 2 pairs of the earrings, taking them apart and removing some of the crystals or adding more crystals and beads. I cannot find these types of chandelier earrings components for less than what I can at a discount sale.
Finally here is A TONNE of things i picked up at Micheal's Craft store in summer - Normally I stop into that store and never really buy anything, ITS FUN TO WALK AROUND IN THERE - TAKE INVENTORY FOR POSSIBLE FUTURE PROJECTS!!! And when they have sales... my goodness, there is alot of goodies to be found.
Every package of these jewelery findings, beads and such was .50 cents! YEEEEEEEAAAAAHHHH! They were marked down to a dollar, then there was a manager's special and they were further reduced to .50 cents!!!. I did not buy everything they had to offer, though, as I did not know what some of the accessories and findings were - they had a lot of neat things, and i did go a little crazy in purchasing things!
♥ So far I have used a lot of the items below to make some very pretty jewelery for myself ♥
while I am thankful I found all these goodies - it kinda irks me that they price things as they do - then clear them out a few months later for an extreme discount - I remember looking at those butterfly's and dragons months ago and they were very expensive.