Greetings from BoulderBayThimbles
Here is a little bit about myself. I have been interested in, and collecting thimbles for over 50 years. I have been selling thimbles on ebay for over 10 years and I have also produced my own line of thimbles that have been sold in galleries in New Mexico, New Jersey, and The Thimble Guild / Scotland Direct. I've also crafted thimbles for several thimble conventions, including TOW (Thimbles on Wheels) and BATS (Bay Area Thimble Society - host group for the San Francisco TCI Convention of 2012. The Huichol Yarn Art and Glass Beaded thimbles that I sell have been featured in an article in the TCI 2012 Winter bulletin.

What I have found in my own efforts to add to my collection is the difficulty for avid and seasoned collectors to find new and exciting thimbles that are not already in their collection. Providing such thimbles is the aim of my website.

I have traveled the world as well as making contacts through written communication to small factories that will produce thimbles for me in the native art form of their region. This includes thimbles from Murano and Florence, Italy, several locations in Russia, Boleslawiec, Poland, and Tonala, Tlacquepacque, and Jalisco, Mexico. These thimbles are hand crafted by local artisans. I also receive shipments from other studios that produce thimbles in the Czech Republic, Talavera, Spain, Indonesia and several countries in Asia. This is an ongoing project and I hope to add many more sources in the future.

And of course I also have traditional china and porcelain thimbles, many issued by the TCC. I have a pewter section and hope to add many Nicholas Gish thimbles.

For my own crafting of thimbles, I specialize in Polymer Clay covered thimbles. I love working in Polymer Clay and find it extremely versatile. A word about the finished product. A Polymer Clay covered thimble should have a smooth glaze or buffed to a satin finish - free of lumps, bumps (unless an applied embellishment is intended) and without fingerprints. Unfortunately I have seen these flaws in some work by other thimble makers. I hope you find this information about what you should expect when purchasing Polymer Clay covered thimbles of value. I pride myself in the quality of my craftsmanship and am sure you will be pleased with it - especially if you have purchased similar thimbles and were not happy with the quality you received. In the past two years I have trained two Puerto Vallarta artists in the technique of making thimbles with Polymer Clay. One went on to tend to her young son and makes Polymer Clay jewelry in Mexico, and the other artist is Silvestre Gutierrez who continues to make really great and innovative thimbles. His quality is excellent and he now has his own page on this web site.

I have many, many thimbles in my inventory but I have found it difficult to buy, sell and make thimbles that I would love to display. If you are interested in a particular thimble or set just send an email stating what you want and and if I don't have it, I might be able to direct you to the right person.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to email me at boulderbay@comcast.net

Again, thanks for stopping by.
Wanda Ralston
Cape May, New Jersey


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