Tool Time Tuesday – Product Review – Rolling Mill Resource Patterns

I came across something on Facebook about 2 weeks ago that really piqued my interest. One of my friends had “liked” a page called Rolling Mill Resource. I was nosey and decided to find out what that was all about. Well it turns out that it is a new company owned by Tracey Johnson. She was showing some of the patterns that she has been creating with her laser cutter on a thick card stock. She is offering samples until June 15th and I took her up on that kind offer. She will begin selling her patterns on June 30th on her website. You can contact Tracey at her Facebook Fan Page for more information or to try these great samples.

You will be able to buy from her patterns or send in your own for her to create something for you. If the image is black and white (not gray scale) it can be made into a pattern. The patterns are one time use only.

So about a week and a half ago I received a big black envelope in the mail. Inside included these great patterns, of course I am all about the swirls. I think I will have to have some more swirls made for me…. imagine that.

Tracey is also quite prepared. in addition to the patterns, she also sent some tag board and light weight foam backing for thinner metals and the latter to help ensure you have a good imprint when rolling the pattern. She also includes a small polishing pad.


I have decided to try these patterns on 20 gauge copper. Here I have only cut the pieces to size. As discussed in my Tool Time Tuesday Post on Rolling Mills , you should anneal your metal before putting it through the mill to achieve the best results. So from here, I went to my soldering station and heated and pickled each piece before rolling through the mill.

I am usually pretty bad at getting my rollers a tad bit too tight and end up distorting my metal and shapes, but that didn’t seem to be the case this time. The prints came out beautifully. The depth of the textures is fantastic and makes the piece fun to run your fingers over. Since the patterns are somewhat hard to see here, I oxidized them all by giving them a nice little dunk in the stinky Liver of Sulfur.


I actually love the texture of the card stock almost as much the patterns. I am not quite sure how I am going to use these yet, but I am almost sure I won’t have a problem coming up with something.

I do not know the price range of the products yet, so I can’t tell you if they are worth the money or not. But when you have the opportunity to get custom made designs you can use to create a brand name, or look, or just for something different, it just might be worth the cost even if they are sold at a premium. I have a few ideas of some patterns I am toying with and you just may see them crop up on my blog.

Thank you Tracey for the samples and good luck with your new business venture.

Resident Studio Cuties


As I was getting things ready for this TTT Post my girls were playing at my computer and asked for their pictures to be taken….. well, my youngest always asks that. HA! So here she is.

Two weeks ago my oldest decided she would take the term “Metal head” to a whole other level and we put her in braces. She is such a trooper. The first night was kind of hard, not with the pain, but she just didn’t like how she looked with them on. She has since gotten used to them and really likes that she is the only kid in her school that is in braces. She has become quite the talk of the kids at school. Yes, she is young to be in braces, but her 12 year molars have already come in and all of her baby teeth have fallen out. Isn’t it bad enough that she is growing as quickly as she is? Does her body really have to mature faster than it should? UGH! But I do love my little girls. I am truly the luckiest girl in the world. I have said it before and I will continue to do it.

150! We finally got 150!!!

In other news…. We finally hit 150 subscribers! THANK YOU!!!! I will be posting about my celebration give away tomorrow. Because I have identified 3 main groups of my readers I will offer the choice between three different prizes. For my friends and family who read, but don’t make jewelry I thought I would offer a finished piece of jewelry. I have friends and readers that are in the jewelry making industry and are far above my own skills, and I will be offering the choice between a pair of beautiful Amethyst or Peridot faceted heart briolettes. And last but not least, I have friends and readers that are learning how to make jewelry and are working on acquiring their own studio of tools, so I thought I would offer my favorite little hammer. It is one that I use when I am doing rivets. Be sure to watch your in-box or check in tomorrow for more details on how to win one of these great gifts.

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9 thoughts on “Tool Time Tuesday – Product Review – Rolling Mill Resource Patterns

  1. Jackie

    As much as I always enjoy your blog, the two jewels at the bottom of this week’s are my all-time favorites!

  2. Melissa Muir

    Of course, I am totally biased, but I couldn’t agree more. I just hate that they keep getting older and older. I am thinking I am going to take it easy with my classes for the month of June. Not that I can afford it, but am thinking I can’t afford not to with how quickly they are changing.

    Thanks for the compliments.


  3. Tracey

    Thanks Melissa for the wonderful article! I have posted in my fan page (under the discussion tab) more info on approximate pricing among other topics. I had my first business when I was 8, I am in my 40’s now and I can’t tell you how exciting it is to see the response from this product. I had my light bulb moment over a decade ago, I wonder what would happen if a laser cut the paper to use in my rolling mill. I found my answer and it is… the possibilities are endless. Perseverance, is my middle name and it looks like it’s finally paid off.

  4. Kim Anderson

    I LOVE alllllll your toys!! You do a great job with your explanations and critiques. I LOVE my hole punch and use it almost every day.

    Thanks for all you are doing for the custom jewelry world.

  5. claudia

    Which rolling mill do you recommend? Brand and style? Pros and Cons. I am indecisive. Thanks for your helpful hints and resources.

  6. Melissa Muir

    When I did my initial research I had it narrowed down to two, the Durston and pepe mills. In the end I chose the Durston. It had great reviews and relatively few issues that I could find. I chose one that had a flat section and wire section. In hindsight, I don’t really need the wire part. I need to get more creative in that department and find a way to utilize it better. 

    When I get settled into our new home in the next couple weeks, I will try to discuss this a bit further for you.
  7. Kay Benham

    Long time admirer of your work. My husband, Tom, and I are Contributing Editors of Ask The Experts column in each issue of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist. It’s been our pleasure to do so going on our 14th year. Like to keep up with all areas of jewelry making.


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