Jewelry Supplies From Places You Never Thought Of, Part II

Studio Notes – Jewelry Supplies

One of my standard jewelry supplies is baking soda. I use it to safely neutralize pickle solutions when silversmithing. I also use it to neutralize etching solutions and for cleanup. The best place to buy it? A food service supplier, like Gordons. I can pick up a 5-pound tub of Clabber Girl baking soda for $5.29.

PS – Need an extra fire extinguisher? Keep the tub on the counter where you solder. It’s effective for putting out small open flames, grease and electrical fires.

Did you miss Jewelry Supplies from Place You Never thought of, Part I? Click here for a quick link to it.

Betsy Lehndorff is a Michigan silversmith and has been writing for Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist since 2010. You can see her work at

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One Comment

  1. Sharon A at 12:45 pm February 24, 2017

    My husband is a model railroader. I get abrasives from his suppliers. Two favorites are Plastic Sanding Needles made by Alpha Abrasives and Abrasive cords from Mitchell’s.

    On the topic of FlexShafts – I use a Dremel with their flexshaft. And then I added a foot pedal from Foredom. There is no better customer service in the world than Dremel. They stand behind their products 100% and are the friendliest, helpful, knowledgeable people. They have won my loyal business!!

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