Something important was left out of The Jewelry Architect’s Resources page: where to get the great 26g rhodium-plated headpins I use for The Riverbed Cuff (and The Shag Carpet of Pearls, and the Pearl Cluster). I’ve helped perpetuate the headpin mystery by recommending, in series, stainless steel (which apparently have never existed) and both niobium and rhodium plating.
What you want are the two inch long, 26g base metal and rhodium pins from the Mighty BeadFX.com, in Toronto.
The second printing of the book will have them where they belong, in the Resources section, and I’m sorry they were left out of the first. BeadFX is also going to be, along with Debi Nicholson’s Beads of Colour in Dundas, your new go-to for the Ram’s Horn clasps. We should have them in stock in just a few weeks. Thanks for your patience.
Bead FX also has pure copper headpins, which are lovely. Because they get dirty, I only use them for single elements, not to include in sewn work that can’t be aggressively or chemically cleaned. I like the rhodium-plated for the Riverbed and the Shag because they stay clean in the piece, forever. Or forever enough.
Here is some cut video from the Jewelry Architect video shoot; not the riveting, not yet, but some silly outtakes and a great demo on bending a Cocktail Ring, why oval shanks are a great idea, and how to use embedded fine silver wires in metal clay as a prong setting.
And here is a video interview that I did with Marlene Blessing, talking about the thread structure, and the glass fabric, and how I realized one day that thread was just thread until it was woven into fabric.…