My studio is filled with all sorts of tools of the trade. I keep them in their relative workstations so I can grab them quickly when inspiration strikes. Although, I don't consider myself a gadget girl. In fact, to create my beads I use only my pasta machine, cutting blade, two small mirrors and dental pick. (Along with stamps, molds and paintbrush too.) I have been slowly adding to my tool collection.
A few new tools I picked up this month from Rings & Things (as one of their blog partners):
A hole punch - how I did I live without this thing! You just twist those screw things and viola, holes in metal!
metal shears - watch out, I can cut shapes out of metal, I'm scared!
cup bur - I want to make my own earwires and this is so handy for smoothing those rough edges on metal.
Tools I can't live without:
My Lindstrom pliers. How long did I suffer without my set. I know, you look at the price and think "come on, how can they be that different from my ol' cheap-o's. You have no idea how comfortable they are and how much they are worth every penny! Put them on your wish list.
Dapping block - a new edition to my tool box, can you tell I love this little thing!
Bench block and ball peen hammer - opens up a lot of possibilities with wire.
On my wish list:
A torch! a small butane torch will be my next acquisition. I want to make those ball headpins so bad.
An embossing hammer for create some great textures on metal.
Brass earrings with golden branch beads. This design was also inspired by the book 101 Wire Earrings. Visit the Art Bead Scene for a review of the book.
How to win: tell me what tool you are itching to add to your tool box?
I will draw a random winner from the comments to this post at 3pm.
I will announce the 1st winner from the previous post in just a few moments...