Polling all members!
If you make jewelry I bet you have a tool
you can't do without. You may even have a sentimental "thing" about it.
It may be your first "good" pliers, your college hammer or your
grandmother's pearl reamer. It may be that finally you just splurged on
a high end wire snips or finished a beaded needle case. It could even
be a toy tool or photo of tools just on display that inspires you.
Whatever it is, can you share for a blog post?
A snapshot would be nice, jpeg sent to me with TOOL in the subject line: firstname.lastname@example.org
Just a line or two telling me what it is, why it's special.
Please send to me by next Friday, 3/12.
Comments here are welcome, too, with or without a photo!
MY favorite? You'll have to wait for my blog. I can't decide!
It's tough to narrow it down to just one tool, since it depends on the project what I need to use. If I just have to go with my most used tools, I'd have to say my ergonomic pliers are my favorites: chain, round and bent chain nose pliers plus wire cutters. I use them all pretty equally. At the moment I just have BeadSmith brand cheap pliers but I'm planning to upgrade to Lindstroms sometime this year, at which time I expect to have new favorites. :)
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Mine is my ergonomic half and half concave round nose...it's makes the perfect tool for rosary turns.
My favorite tools are my 3 new pairs of Lindstrom Rx series pliers(round, chain, and flush cutter) and a pair of gloves. The Rx series pliers have handles that are about 1 1/2" longer than the 'norm' and that gives us folks with arthritis a little bit more leverage and trust me, it makes a world of difference. Even with the longer handles, I was still getting a bit sore in the palms. I knew that some sort of glove would probably fix that, but doing wirework, you really need your fingertips. After a little research, i went to our local gym and bought a pair of ocelot weightlifting gloves. They are padded in the palms and have the fingertips open and work out extremely well for this purpose. As a side effect of a sort, I have also noticed that the elastic holding a slight bit of pressure on the knuckles also helps keep the swelling down. Go figure.
I yam wut I yam and dats all wut I yam. ~Popeye~
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