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How to Pick a Jewelry-Making Kit

Learn how to pick a jewelry-making kit from professional jewelry designer Courtney Gray in this Howcast video.


Courtney Gray: Welcome to Creative Side Jewelry Academy of Austin, online at I'm Courtney Gray. I started my school here, Creative Side Jewelry Academy, four years ago. I'm here in Austin, and I'm going to tell you about jewelry making today.

I'm going to talk to you today about how to choose a jewelry making kit. Now this all depends on what you're trying to do, ok. What kind of process? What kind of technique you're going to use in jewelry making?

This particular kit I have out in front of me is a kit from Rio Grande—you can find out more about their kits online at They have a lot of different kits out there for different techniques. This one is kind of a basic set up for metal smithing and fabrication work. Now if you're doing wax carving and wax work in more casting, you want to think about maybe getting a casting kit—something that has wax bars, wax files. All of those tools should be kept separate from your metals, so you do want separate tools for that. Beading work or simple wire-wrapping work: there are definitely kits out there for that as well. They'll come with just simple pliers and some small tools that you might need for wire wrapping.|

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