Valerie Tyler Collection Blog — jewelry design

Must Have Jewelry and Metalworking Tools

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**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking through my links.   As a metalsmith and jewelry designer I'm frequently asked by both customers and aspiring artists what tools I use to create my work so I thought I'd compile a handy resource list of some of the tools I have found most useful.  A good set of pliers and cutters is essential. You'll use these for anything from forming and cutting wire, to creating jump rings and making attachments. There are tons of different pliers you can use but to...

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A Jewelry Designers Bookshelf: Must Have Books for Jewelers, Artists and Accessory Lovers

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This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click and purchase one of the product links, I may receive compensation. While there is no substitute for hands-on learning it's also undeniable that books are a wealth of education, inspiration and enjoyment.  As a jewelry designer I wanted to give you a sneak peek into some books that are actually on my shelves, as well as a few other favorites.  Even if you are not a jewelry designer, a few of my first recommendations are a must have for any accessory lover.  Lark books publishes a series of books...

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