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I am Ralph, engineer and guy who loved making chainmaille jewelry for his wife but couldn't find high caliber jump rings to meet my standards and decided to make them for himself. My 40+ years of engineering experience have paid off. My quest for fine quality materials at a reasonable cost was the motivation that brought the business into being.

UnkamenSupplies is a small, family-owned and run artisanal jewelry and jewelry supply store. We offer quality materials and supplies at a reasonable price. And, just as importantly we happily share our advice and years of expertise with our customers.

Check out my family's and my finished products and see the endless possibilities my findings will bring to your chainmaille, jewelry and craft designs:

http://unkamengifts.etsy.com
http://favmoongirl.etsy.com

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  • Male
  • Born on March 20
  • Joined July 30, 2009

Favorite materials

argentium sterling silver, 316L stainless steel, bronze, copper, brass, enameled copper, titanium, niobium

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I am Ralph, engineer and guy who loved making chainmaille jewelry for his wife but couldn't find high caliber jump rings to meet my standards and decided to make them for himself. My 40+ years of engineering experience have paid off. My quest for fine quality materials at a reasonable cost was the motivation that brought the business into being.

UnkamenSupplies is a small, family-owned and run artisanal jewelry and jewelry supply store. We offer quality materials and supplies at a reasonable price. And, just as importantly we happily share our advice and years of expertise with our customers.

Check out my family's and my finished products and see the endless possibilities my findings will bring to your chainmaille, jewelry and craft designs:

http://unkamengifts.etsy.com
http://favmoongirl.etsy.com

While I can do everything, I no longer can AND meet all of my customers' needs, so I get by with a little help from my friends...and family:

Karen, my wife, is the businesswoman who manages the household and the shop. She makes everything runs smoothly, sources materials and makes sure supplies arrive, ensures work is done on time and orders are shipped quickly to our customers. She also takes most of the photographs, ships, stocks, collaborates with designs and rubs my shoulders every 10K jump rings!

Leah, my daughter. She lists, ships, stocks, collaborates with designs, assists with production and is apprenticing with me in my machine shop. She has taken numerous metalsmithing classes, has been a guest artisan on JTV, her work has been featured on the cover of the Best of Wire Work 2013 and she plans to make this her lifes' work.

Byron, my son. He prints orders, helps with shipping, makes bookmarks, stocks, is learning about Excel and cooks lunch for everyone. He sometimes bakes me special treats to keep me going!

Lee, fellow engineer and friend. He keeps my wire inventory up to date, cuts custom lengths and whistles tunes to keep me amused!

Denise, my friend and another homeschooling Mom (of 5!) She helps fill commercial orders, ships and when I am lucky, brings her toddler son along for the rest of us to oodle over!

Hanna, my friend and Denise's oldest daughter. She is apprenticing with me, helps with jewelry orders and drives my Basset Hound crazy with the aroma of her pizza slices-her standard snack!

Lily, almost-ready-to-graduate homeschooling student. She is apprenticing with me and working primarily with clasps and ear wires. She also is an excellent portrait photographer and my wife is working with her so we will have more photos of our creations on people.

Melissa, a Rolla, Missouri native who recently moved back from the Philippines with her 2 teen daughters, she expertly wraps and ships most of my packages.

Noel, Melissa's oldest daughter, is helping to fill orders and starting to learn how to make all of the especially bling-y jewelry.

Find my family on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/UnkamenSupplies

Follow my family on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/unkamengifts

Learn more about all that I do on my blog: http://www.unkamensupplies.com/blogs/unkamenblogs

Find Videos here: http://www.youtube.com/user/unkamensupplies

Send me a Convo if you have any questions or would like a custom finding.

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