One tip for you is to order a sample selection from Thompsons.
SAMP-B, it’s 10 colors for $7.15. You get about 2 tablespoons of
powder per color, and you can choose whatever colors you want. I did
that when I first got started; I ordered a few of the "SAMP-B"s so I
ended up with a really nice assortment of colors to start with. For
jewelry scale work it’s actually a decent amount of powder, and
certainly is a good way to determine of which colors you want to get
the larger quantities. There are other sample sets in their catalog,
too, like complete color sets for a particular type. I hope that’s
helpful to you. If you’ve already got the kiln, that’s the biggest
expense right there, but the other things can certainly add up.
Designs by Lisa Gallagher