We recently got into the jewelry business, starting with the iCufflinks and soon the iNecklace! This is pretty exciting because I’ve only really done electronics design so jewelry is a completely new expertise!
However, we needed to quickly get up to speed with where to get supplies, parts, tools, etc for jewelry. Like McMaster-Carr or Digikey but for shiny things.
Luckily our friend Becky suggested checking out Rio Grande. We actually remember looking through their catalogs many years ago – these guys have been around for decades and they have pretty much everything!
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You guys should also check out Stuller-
For tools I primarily use OttoFrei-
My boss also has a small bench top laser welder for sale if you need one. 🙂
I can strongly recommend Metaliferous in midtown for jewelery and metalworking supplies. They even stock #63 drill bits if you break your last one drilling out a PCB.
This is also where we sourced the barrette back for this thing.