Art Clay Silver is composed of 1-20 micron-sized particles of pure silver, an organic binder, and water. This combination of materials makes clay, which can be easily molded using techniques similar to ceramic hand building processes. Once the clay is completely dry it can be filed, carved, and sanded. Finally, it needs to be fired using a butane torch or kiln.
Shop Jewelry Findings -Otto Frei is your source for high quality jewelry findings in Platinum, 18K, 14K as well as Sterling Silver, Argentium Silver and Yellow or Pink Gold Filled. Our silver, gold filled, base metal and select categories of clasps and chains pricing is the same for all jewelers, both hobbyist and professionals. Our Platinum, 18K and 14K findings have 2 tiers; retail for hobbyist and wholesale for professionals. To qualify for wholesale pricing, go to your account and apply for level 1+ membership. Findings are sold by the piece unless otherwise noted.
Otto Frei sells bulk packaged sterling silver and gold filled findings wholesale to level 1 and level 1+ members. Level 1+ members in California with valid California State Sellers Permit Numbers are exempt from paying California state sales tax. Level 1 members are charged sales tax in the state of California. We do not collect sales tax on orders shipped outside of the state of California.
Tools & Equipment - OttoFrei.com is your source for the highest quality jewelry tools. Our exclusive John Frei workbench has been the benchmark for Jewelers' workstations for over 40 years. Explore the wide selection of Tools on your right.
Our custom workbenches are used by the biggest names in the jewelry industry and for good reason. You just can't find a better workbench anywhere. We make a variety of different models to fit your needs for bench jeweler, diamond setters or watchmakers. We also sell a wide variety of basic workbenches, mostly sourced in California, for the shop on a budget or beginners. Here you will also find tools to fit on your bench from Microscopes, GRS BenchMates and Dazor lamps.
Hand Tools is where you find Glardon-Vallorbe Swiss Made files, Flexshafts by Foredom, Micromotors from Badeco and NSK, Otto Frei German made pliers, Lindstrom pliers, Swiss and German made Jewelers Sawblades, Knew Concept products, burs, magnifiers, stone setting tools and more. If it fits in your hand, you will find it here.
Here is where you will find the tools that make jewelers hearts beat faster. Durston Rolling Mills, Fretz Hammers and Stakes, Peddiman Hammers, Nechamkin Chasing Tools, Dapping and Forming Tools, Pepetools Disc Cutters and Jump Ring Makers, Anvils, Mandrels, Drawplates, Bezel Blocks, Shears, and more. All the necessary tools for shaping, cutting, forming and bending metals.
Here is where you will find all the products that make your jewelry sparkle and shine. From abrasives from 3M, brushes, buffs, polishing compounds and texturing wheel to Quatro polishing equipment, Ultrasonics, Steam Cleaners, Vibratory and Magnetic Tumblers and Electroplating Equipment.
Otto Frei stocks the complete line of made in the USA Glendo GRS products from GraverMach AT engraving systems to quick change pre-cut gravers. We are also proud to be the exclusive distributor of JURA tools for Microstonesetting in the United States. We also stock Genuine Swiss made Glardon-Vallorbe gravers including the industry leading yellow tang HSS gravers. Our line of engraving machines includes computerized BestBuilt systems and the original manual engraving machines.
Otto Frei has the torch and supplies you need to braze and weld all types of jewelry metals. We are the largest distributor of genuine Meco Midget torches and Swiss torches in the United States. We carry a complete line of Smith torch products including the Smith Little Torch and the Smith SilverSmith Torch. We also are the only independent dealer of made in the USA LaserStar Laser Welders and service parts in the country. We are also proud distributors of PUK and Orion Spot Welders.
Whether you're new to casting or a veteran, we have the equipment and supplies you need, including our popular Casting Kits. Here you will find the top brands in the industry including Kerr Investment, Castaldo mold compounds, Ferris Wax by Freeman, DuMatt wax and wax working tools, Kate Wolf products as well as Paragon and NeyCraft Kilns.
Get started right away making jewelry by picking up one of our time tested signature jewelry tool kits. We have jewelers tool kits for all budgets. We make jewelry tool kits for metal art programs and jewelry schools all around the world. We have all kinds of jewelry making tool kits including kits for electroplating, stone setting, soldering, metal stamping and sawing.
Find all the major brands of Scales and Metals-Gem Testing equipment here from Presidium, GemOro and Tri-Electronics. We sell legal for trade scales from AND and diamond tweezers, diamond papers and other tools for Gemologist and rock hounds alike.
We have you covered to get started with selling & maintaining watches. Watch bracelet sizing tools, spring bar & clip tools, link pins & mesh watch, watch battery servicing, and screwdriver sets & blades. If there is a watch tool you can't find here, then visit our sister site: OFrei.com.
We carry books and DVDs to help jewelers learn and hone their skills. Learn diamond setting from Blaine Lewis or Robert Wooding, Goldsmithing from Alan Revere, Engraving from Sam Alfano, and the fundamentals of jewelry making from Tim McCreight. Browse by category or see all books and DVD's in one huge section.
Revere Academy is the premier jewelry school in San Francisco, California. The founder, Alan Revere, offers over a dozen courses on jewelry making. We make it easy for students to pick up the necessary tools for required courses. If you're not a student YET, get a preview of what's required.
Gemstones are faceted to maximize the amount of light bouncing around in the stone and back out to the viewer. Faceting maximizes the brilliance, fire, and life of the stone. Unlike cabochons, where inclusions can add character, inclusions in a faceted gem interrupt the light and decrease the fire of the stone.
Birthstones are gemstones that signify a birth month. Every stone carries a unique meaning and historical significance. The history of birthstones can be traced back to the 18th century. Since then every culture has their own interpretation. We organize our birthstones by the American Gem Society endorsed list.
A pearl is a hard object produced within the soft tissue of a living shelled mollusk. Just like the shell of a clam, a pearl is composed of calcium carbonate in minute crystalline form, which has been deposited in concentric layers.
OttoFrei.com Closeouts are either old or new items that have never been sold and we simply decided to closeout, often just to make room in our warehouse. Each stone has been inspected by us; unfortunately we do not offer any certificates at this time. Closeout stones include our no questions asked 30-Day Return Policy.
Cubic Zirconia is hard, optically flawless and usually colorless, but may be made in a variety of different colors. Because of its low cost, durability, and close visual likeness to diamond, synthetic cubic zirconia has remained the most gemologically and economically important competitor for diamonds since commercial production began in 1976.