From Jennifer: A couple of summers ago, I realized that I needed to upgrade my wire jewelry making tools. I had just embarked on a series of projects using beadweaving and wire jewelry making, and as I worked, I realized that my wire cutters, in particular, were in dire need of replacement. I didn't have a lot of money to spend, but I knew that I was making an investment in my jewelry making tools by purchasing a good pair of heavy-duty wire cutters.
Three years later, my heavy duty wire cutters are still in great shape. Spending the money on this important wire jewelry making tool was a smart investment for me, especially now that I'm finding the joy in making my own ear wires and wire jewelry clasps.
If you or someone you know isn't quite sure about what kind of wire cutters you need for a complete wire jewelry making toolbox, check out today's guest blog, written by artist Jan Atherton. Jan has a couple of great tips for buying and using your wire jewelry making tools — especially those pricey wire cutters! Take it away, Jan!
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Now it's your turn to share with us! What was the best investment you ever made when it comes to your wire jewelry making tools? Leave a comment here on the Beading Daily blog and tell us about your jewelry making tool purchase and why it was a smart buy!
About today's guest blogger: Jan Atherton is a Scottish artist who has been transplanted to the Chicago, Illinois area. Her work evokes both the landscape colors and seasonal changes of both Scotland and Chicago. She is greatly inspired by the sparkling waters on Loch Linnhe and Lake Michigan, the sun peeking through the clouds after a storm and flaming sunsets. She started beading to add some sparkly to her embroidery projects, but she quickly fell hard for those tiny treasures. She holds a BA (Hons) from Edinburgh College of Art in Visual Communications. She is also a Certified Level 1 Precious Metal Clay Artisan and has taught PMC and beadweaving extensively throughout the Chicago area. You can see more of her work at her website and contact her for information about private classes.