I live in Mendocino County, north of you. I know of no jewelry
supplier closer than Sausalito. If there’s nobody listed in the Santa
Rosa phone book, you’re probably out of luck.
You might want to consider a day trip to Otto Frei
since most of Sonoma County is quite close to the Bay Area. I used
to drive from San Francisco to Santa Rosa in an hour (I’m now at
least 3 hours from the Bay Area). Also, the specific things you
mentioned might be available at a “full service” bead store, since
many of them now essentially operate small jewelry schools. I am not
familiar with the bead stores in Santa Rosa, but you might want to
But… Even in the Bay Area, I found it easier, most of the time, to
mail order. I would go to Makens in Sausalito if I needed fine silver
or dead soft sterling wire ASAP, since Otto Frei doesn’t carry those.
But Makens has slim pickings when it comes to tools. In both places,
all you do is stand in front of a counter while they dig things out
for you. It’s not a lot of fun (well, actually, the guy who owns
Makens has a tremendous sense of humor, so it’s more fun if he’s
Most of the time, if I wanted something from Otto Frei, I just
looked in the catalog, called then, and got it UPS Ground, usually
the next day. I ordered most of my wire from Rio Grande.
Albion, CA, US