I find jewelry making very gratifying. In my endeavors of making jewelry I have also found that having
the right tool or aid is worth its weight in gold. I don't spend 8 hours every day making jewelry, just a part time
relaxation and creative outlet. I don't need real expensive tools for this. If I spent many hours making
jewelry, cutting wire and head pins, I would certainly advise you to get the best tools you can within your budget.
For part timers, this is a fine selection of tools and aids to make jewelry making even more fun and enjoyable.
Most of these items are the same as what is supplied to major jewelry suppliers on the internet.
I am able to provide you with these same products at a better price because I don't go thru a middle man
or middle supplier.
Wooden Ring Clamp with Wedge~This is a pretty handy little item for holding things while you work on
them- rings to name a few. Pretty ingenious- you remove the wedge from the tool- insert the item you want to hold on
the other end and then insert the wedge back in until it holds your item tightly. You are holding the wedge end-
so it does not slip out or get loose. It is larger than it looks. It measures approx. 6" long. Both ends-
the part that holds the ring and the part that holds the wedge has a piece of leather on the top and bottom so that nothing
metal is marred by the wood. Looks like they have thought of everything. Very comfortable in your hand.
|Checkered/Wide Stripes Hammer Sample
2-Sided Texture Hammer #1~Checkered & Wide Stripes Pattern- This is a double headed hammer
with a different texture on each head-checkered and wide stripes. You use this to create a different texture on metals
by laying your metal over an anvil or bench block, (I often use a wood bench) strike the metal sharply to emboss your pattern
into the metal. The range of decorative effects is endless. Hammer heads are not hardened so that as they
wear, the more interesting the pattern becomes. They measure approx 10" long and the heads measures 1 1/8" in diameter.
You can experiment first on some scrap metal to get a feel for the amount of force needed to create the pattern you like.
Use both ends of the hammer for a unique effect. You can also use on the brass blanks we sell. Create texture
for necklaces, bracelets, pendants, home decor, etc.
$16.99 OUT OF STOCK- My supplier lost his source and is looking for a new one- so not sure
how long this will take
|Dimple/Narrow Strip Hammer Pattern
2-Sided Texture Hammer~ Dimple & Narrow Stripes-This 2-sided texture hammer can be used to create
an endless amount of decorative effects on your metal pieces. The hammer measures approx. 10" long and the heads measure
1 1/8" in diameter. Lay your metal over an anvil, bench block and strike sharply. You can practice on a piece
of scrap metal to get a feel for the force needed to create the texture you desire. The hammer heads are not hardened
so that as they wear, the pattern becomes more interesting.
$16.99 OUT OF STOCK -Supplier lost source- so may be awhile
Tim Holtz Texture Hammer can be found on this page link
Tim Holtz also has scissors that will cut metal, paper, rubber, etc. They can be found on this page link
Steel Stamping Set, 1/8", 36 Pieces~This is great to add a name or words, numbers, etc to a piece of
metal for embellishment for jewelry, scrapbooks, altered art, etc. It contains 36 pieces, all the alphabet, 26 letters-A-Z and
numbers 0-8. You would use the 6 as a 9. It is made of high carbon steel and will endure 9000 markings each.
The alphabet is in upper case only. It also comes in a protective plastic case. It comes with a liimited lifetime
warranty paper- makes me laugh when they have these things printed outside the USA- it does guarantee "this product is free
frp, defects in materials and "worrmanship"- I bet that puts your mind to rest. To use you would position
the letter or number on your metal and strike with your hammer. You see these used for many of the steam punk and industrial
chic pieces on the market today, now you can create your own.
Aluminum Beading Sorting Tray/Scoop~ I love all the little tools that help make beading or any other
craft just a little easier. These trays are handy to hold your beads while beading or use them to scoop the beads up
on your bead mat (hopefully you won't have to use it for beads that have spilled on the floor). Plus, they are just
cute! It measures approx. 2 3/4" high.
Bead Scooper~ This 6" long metal bead scooper is ideal for scooping, gathering and transporting small
beads. You can even try it with your unruly powders or micro beads. If you beads spill out on your floor or work
area, this scoop makes short work of gathering them up.
Regular Size Crimp Tool~ Use for crimping your crimp beads. Measures 5".
Double Headed Rubber Mallet ~ This is an all purpose hammer for jewelry making and wire
working. Use a rubber mallet to hammer wire without marring the finish on it. Nice weight and fits well in a woman's
hand. Approx. 7" high and head measures 2.5" across.
Mini Crimper Tool~This crimper is supposed to be for the smaller crimp beads, although I have
used it with the ones I sell, the 1.3mm crimp beads, and it worked great for those. The tool itself measures 5"
5" Long Nose Pliers~ These plier are smooth on the inside of the long nose part. Use for
gripping when working with wire, head pins and more. I find these an indispensable tool when jewelry making. They
have a pink padded handle for comfort while using.
Split Ring Pliers~ These are made from quality carbon steel and are 5 1/2" long (14 cm). They
have comfort grip handles for ease of use. Now you may wonder what you use these for, well you know those jump rings
that go around more than once (sort of like a mini key ring) and are a pain to get anything on, these make that
easier to do.
Soft Jaw Nylon Coated Pliers-These are flat pliers that have a plastic cover over the metal to protect
your metal wire, jewelry and other metal items from being marred by metal on metal. It also has the soft comfort grip
handles. It is approx 5 1/2" long.
Beadsmith Chasing Hammer~This is one of my favorite hammers. I think I have a thing for hammers-but
they have so many different ones and specific uses- a girl just has to have the right hammer on hand- okay I'm a tool ho.
A chasing hammer has a large face side for flattening and a ball-peen side for riveting and metal design (hammered look).
Not all chasing hammers are alike- if you look at one and the large size is flat and not slightly convex-you would mar your
wire. This head is slightly convex (bows outward) so it has a large striking area but the edges are smooth. Use
your chasing hammer for shaping, forming flattening, forging and texturizing. Use the ball peen portion for the texturizing-
say you want cute little dimples in your metal-this will do that. The larger side is great if you want to make spirals,
then position them on a block of metal (bench block, anvil) and pound the spiral until you get the desired look of flatness
on it. You can then take the ball-peen side and add texture to the flat spiral. Use on blank brass metal discs,
wires, etc. There is a lot of info on the internet about chasing hammers and how to use them. You Tube is a good
source of info on how to use something. Sold per hammer and made by Beadsmith.
Plastic/Rubber Jewelry Hammer~This hammer has 2 heads to it, one is hard yellow plastic and is
to be used to avoid marring and scratches on your precious metals and wire. The soft black rubber is to be used for
more delicate work. The heads measure approx. 2 1/2" long and the head diameter for both the yellow plastic and black
rubber is 5/8". Made by Beadsmith. Sold per hammer.
Ball Pein Hammer- 2 oz.~This double-head hammer measures approx. 7/16 in diameter across the flat
side of the hammer head. This is light weight and easy to use. I personally have this one and use it quite often
-especially the rounded head end to put bumps in metals for texture. From The Beadsmith.