Sunny colored spring themed treasury featuring a pair of my earrings.
After several years of making jewelry I finally broke down and purchased a tumbler for polishing. What a difference it makes! Stainless steel shot and burnishing liquid plus time equals polished perfection. I'd been putting it off because I just wasn't sure that I needed a tumbler- surely hand polishing would do, right? WRONG! After a single run in the new machine I am a total convert- everything came out so shiny and beautiful.
Here are a few things I didn't think I needed, but have become essential to my work area:
Memory wire cutters- they cut round wire without flattening the ends
Battery operated bead reamer- makes the task easier, especially because it requires zero pressure from your hand
Bone folder- burnishing, flattening, just indespensible
Small handheld butane torch- making ball ended headpins is a breeze, soldering is a cinch, gets the bubbles out of resin, melts embossing
Small jewelry tumbler- polishing and work hardening your pieces is a breeze with this handy gadget
Small drill press- drilling gemstones, metal, wood, you name it
Beata's posting at Hedgehog Fibres this week includes some colorways that have me drooling.
A little bit about me. I'm an Army brat that's finally somewhat settled after a childhood spent....everywhere. We just moved to Upstate South Carolina, and I've got to say, I love it here!