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Dressing Pliers – “Fashioning” Your Tools

This is an authentic Peruvian llama finger puppet. Only the finest and most exotic dressing for my pliers! Why do pliers need dressing? They don’t, actually, need clothing, but what almost all pliers DO need is a bit of specialty … Continue reading

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Pickle Tags

In a couple of weeks, I’ll be teaching another silver stack rings class, so I made pickle tags for my students. Nothing fancy, but SO useful (like that horseshoe nail in the adage). If you need to pickle a bunch of similar but … Continue reading

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Make a Wire Knitting Spool

In my opinion, the hardest part of spool knitting with wire is finding an appropriate knitting spool.  There are commercial versions available (also called French Knitters, or Knitting Nellies), but I prefer to make my own, so that I have … Continue reading

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Wooden Dapping Punches

Wooden dapping punches are useful little things to have about the jewelry studio. They are gentle tools, and won’t mark your metal the way metal punches will. To the uninitiated – and those without cabinet-making experience – they may look … Continue reading

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Custom Sanding Sticks

The brilliant thing about making your own sanding sticks is that you can make them exactly the size, shape, and sandpaper grit that you want and need. The other brilliant thing is that it’s super satisfyingly easy to do!

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