Soft as Butter Headpins

Are you wasting money and patience cracking bead hole edges? It can get expensive, especially when you are using gemstones and Swarovski crystals! These head pins are so soft they will be kind to your most fragile beads.

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San Francisco Bay Area

East Bay North Bay
    Makens Tools, Supplies, Metals
    1.800.942.4224 orders only
    1.800.262.5367 orders only
    Tel: 415.332.2744 local
    Makens/Peter James
    PO Box 130
    Sausalito, CA 94966

San Francisco
    Frei & Borel Branch Office
    760 Market Street
    San Francisco, CA 94102

South Bay/Peninsula
National, Gig Harbor, WA
For tapered awls.
Thanks Iris C.!

B. Toucan Inc., Wenatchee WA

The Bead Gallery, Honolulu
I teach here and Jason carries (and will drop-ship) many tools & materials I use in my workshops and distance learning.
Tel: 808.589.2600

The Bead Smith, Carteret, NJ

Beautone Specialties Co., Ltd.
For three-ring binder pouches
Tel: 508.634.8631

Bella Findings House, Los Angeles, CA

Big Stone Beads & Findings Inc., Houston, TX

Butane torches with gauge
Thanks, Barbara E!

Columbia Gem House
Quality Assurance and Fair Trade Gems Protocols


David H. Fell & Company
Metal refining

Enterprise Art
For craft wire

Euro Tool Inc., Grandview, MO

Fire Mountain Gems and Beads, Grants Pass, OR
For an extensive catalog of beads

Hoover & Strong
Recycled precious metals & ethical gems

Indian Jewelers Supply Company
Download their PDF catalogs
Thanks Miss Lilly!

Jewelry Supply Com., Roseville, CA

Need to see what the precious metal market is doing? Don't forget the "spot" price does not include manufacturing charges, to turn the metal into a shape, such as sheet, wire, tubing etc. There's also markups and shipping/handling.

Vast selection of metals

Nasco Arts & Crafts

Otto Frei

Reactive Metals Studio, Inc.
Niobium, titanium, mokume-gane
PO Box 890, 600 First North St.
Clarkdale, AZ 86324
Online catalog:

Red Sky Plating service

Rings & Things, Spokane, WA

Rio Grande, Albuquerque, N.M.
Ask for all four catalogues
Helpful refining calculator
What is my scrap worth?

Santa Fe Jewelers Supply
For Citrex, type it into their search field

Tools, supplies and equipment

United Precious Metal Refining, inc.

Other notable companies

Safety glasses or fetish: &
Thank you, Kathy G!


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