Friday, August 6, 2010
Hi, all! Thank GOODNESS it's Friday! I worked over 60 hours this week at my day job and I'm worn out!
I wanted to pop in and say hi and thanks for commenting/reading/following my blog. You guys are awesome! I love you guys!
One of the real reasons I started this blog is to learn from the experts! I have a lot of questions rolling around in my head that I need to put out there and get some help on. I'm a Newbie Beader, after all! So every Friday, I'm going to put up a post and ask for some advice/guidance.
This Friday's question is kind of two-part. I've decided that's not cheating. :)
Up until now, I've only worked with silver-plated findings. I haven't tried gold or sterling or any other metals, although I do have a few things in gunmetal that is astounding me, design-wise. So my question is this - if I wanted to dip my toes into the pool, where's a good place to start? And copper and brass look the same to me - what's the difference? I really like the look of the Vintaj stuff. and I think their prices are pretty reasonable and I like designs I've seen with their components. I'd also like to start trying sterling silver. I have a few things here and there, as I can afford them, but not a lot. It's a bit out of my price range at this point.
So, who is your favorite supplier for stuff that isn't silver-plated? Who has the best prices and selection of Vintaj? My local Hobby Lobby has a small selection, but mostly just charms. I think Rings & Things has a pretty good selection, but do you need a wholesale license to shop there? And I know to get the basics - jump rings, wire, pins, etc., but what else should I get?
And that brings me to part 2 of my question. I'm not selling my jewelry right now (see above re: cheap materials), but I might someday. Is getting a wholesale license something I should do now so that I can shop at these places (and for the Tucson Bead Show next year)? Or should I wait until I'm ready to start selling?
Help me, please!
Thanks, guys - you're the best!