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Etsymetal Blog Carnival: Tools!

August 06, 2014

This month's theme for Etsymetal's blog carnival is about tools. Since metals smith are all tool junkies this is our favorite topic to discuss.

I am constantly adding new tools to my collection. Some are just replacements for the used up things like worn out burs, teeth-less files and a constant replenishing of silicone abrasives, polishing compounds etc. Those little tools don't get me excited, they are just a necessity to get my work done.

The most used tools in my studio for sure are hammers, files, saws and a bench pin. A lot of work can get archived by those simple staples.

 

But then there are the bigger tool splurges that can raise the heart rate of a tool junkie like me. A couple recent tool additions have been:

A Rolling Mill

 

I recently overheard another metal smith mention that without a rolling mill one can't call them self a real metal smith. Well, I guess I can feel better now.  However, I did survive a few years quite well without it. I haven't used it yet but hope to get into more fabrication work  in a bit. The mill will come in handy for rolling down stock and wire. And I just learned to make platinum wire from scrap during the Platinum Fabrication class at New Approach School. So this will come in handy very soon.

 

A Vulcanizer

 

Now I can make some molds of my most requested designs so I don't always have to carve them from wax every time an order comes in. I rarely have time to make master models and send those out to the casting house for mold making. Having the vulcanizer in the studio allows me to quickly make a durable mold without loosing precious time in the process. I got a simple wax injector a couple years ago that still works just fine.

I did a little tool purchase spree last week at the end of my platinum fabrication class. They are still in transit and should arrive tomorrow. Most were just simple things like a new third hand, some handy pliers, a degree gauge & tungsten tweezers for platinum fabrication.

I am pretty much out of space in my tiny 100sf studio. I already have things on rolling furniture so I can move stuff around and get to tools in the back. It's kind of annoying. But I am really excited to be moving into a bigger studio in a couple weeks. There will be a lot more tools I can fit into a 500sf space. So stay tuned for more tool splurges in the future.

Follow me on Instagram where a lot of my tools get shown in action and tool splurges appear first.

Here a few more tools I use daily:

My bench is my happy place.

 

Selection of burs

 

Most often used flex shaft tools, gravers & files creating a beautiful pile of mess on my bench.

 

I do have some quite fancy tools like this CNC mill to carve waxes form my CAD creations.

 

Various holding fixtures like the Bench Mate and a ball vise used to hold objects like rings during stone setting and engraving.

 

 

 

Feel free to take a look at the tool collection of other Etsymetal Team Members:

2Roses
Peculiar Forest
KSkilesJewelry
Nanopod
Cynthia Del Giudice
Anne Walker


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