Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Can't live without...

This is one thing in my life I can’t live without.

My coffee maker. 
Oh, do I love my big cup of coffee first thing in the morning.
(Don’t you just dig the cup?  My wonderful mom-in-law gave it to me.)

And these are a few of the things I can’t live without in my workshop.

Hammers (listed in order of love)
-          Ball pein
-          Rawhide mallet
-          Texturing
-          Chasing
-          Riveting
-          Nylon

Bench Block

Mini Torch (it’s brilliant blue – just gorgeous) and all my soldering stuff

My beautiful RED saw

Drill press (well, it’s actually my Dremel on a drill press stand, but it’s perfect)

More files that you can dream about

Disc cutter

Dapping block

Pliers (needle-nose, round-nose, flat-nose and any other kinda nose)

Ring and bracelet mandrels

I know I’m forgetting some of my “tool friends”.
I truly don’t mean to exclude them, but you get the general idea.

Take a look at the items on your workbench, what can you not live without?

(Don't forget to start working on your creation for July's Art Spark.)


Cindi said...

The top of my list of favs is coffee! I love my Keurig,can't live without it. This is my first time to visit your blog. I am new to learning all the new techniques and aquiring tools...I want to learn it all! I want to collect all the tools and the knowledge!

stacilouise said...

So funny! I was just thinking about that the other favorite tools and things I can't live without. Cofee is #1 here too, but on my work table, I would say steel block and I love my rubber cube for polishing and sanding. It creates a raised and non-marring surface. I can't live without it. MY medium half round file- I use that for everything, and most of all, my ipod and speakers, because I need tunes to create;-)

MaCarroll Beads said...

Next to coffee in the am and wine in the pm, I would have to say my dremel is my next "must have!!!"

Izzy said...

Welcome Cindi, we are so happy to have you. Staci, geez, how could I forget about my music (I'm a Slacker girl with my ipod) and we have Robin's old, size of a car, speakers in the garage so I can really jam. MaryAnn, of course, wine too. Lots of it!!

D'Arsie Manzella said...

One of my favorite tools on my workbench is my heavy hammer that I use to pound out overpours while casting. It was handmade by my father-in-law, a grape farmer here in WNY. I always think of the farming things it used to do before it helped create jewelry.

stacilouise said...

I almost forgot- my tumbler with steel shot. Using metal clays- it saves me a TON of finish time!!!! I use it so much, I am on my second one already!!!!
I could NOT live without it.

Kristen said...

COFFEE!!!!!!!! Oh yeah you go girl!!
I can not live without fireline and needles! I love my seeds and that is the only thing that brings them together!

VanBeads said...

I gotta have my Starbucks hot chocolate in the winter. My sister got my addicted to that stuff a few years ago when she came up for a visit. But other than that, I have to have my Designer's Findings workpads from Diane Hyde. And my favorite scissors to cut beading thread! I never travel without either of those!

Kelli said...

Can't get the day started without my coffee.... black for me please, and at least 3 cups. And I'd be LOST without my needlenose pliers, 2-hole punch and saw... oh, and files, dapping block, hammers, bench block, liver of sulphur, dremel, torch, ...... and on and on and on.............oh, how I love my tools!!!!!!!!!

Hayley Prew said...

Gosh yo all sound so experiences! I've just started experimenting with beads and jewellery making and working with fimo clay, but would love to work with metal and eventually produce my own stuff, does anyone have any advice? For instance, the list of tools and things is enormous and i don't know which does what or how to begin to get a taste of methods and processes? any pointers would be muchly appreciated.

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