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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Metalsmithing, PMC on: March 25, 2013 08:57:57 AM
The Complete Metalsmith, by Tim McCreight, was my manual during my goldsmithing degree, and is still my 'go to' reference.

My advice is to buy the tools as you need them. Someone may tell you that you 'need' a tool, but you end up barely using them.

I started with 4 types of pliers: round nose, needle nose, flat nose, half round nose
You'll need a pair of wire cutters
Get yourself a nice saw frame with 2/0 saw blades (they do break easily. It's not you, just practice)

Slightly more expensive, I use a set of parallel pliers, a pin vise, and a ring mandrel.

My torch is simply a butane culinary torch, or for bigger projects, a propane hardware torch. I've never had a need for a specialized 'jewelry' torch. (Soldering is a skill that takes practice. Watch lots of youtube videos, and don't get discouraged)

These are honestly the tools I use the most often at my bench. I do have some tools that are more specialized, but they've been aquired over the years and I only purchased them as I needed them.
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Best jewelry glue? on: March 25, 2013 08:52:12 AM
Try E6000. I personally use crazy glue for some things, but never around leather/fabric. Only when a stone needs a little extra security!
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Jewelry repair - replacing earring post on: March 25, 2013 08:48:05 AM
I agree with the above poster, with one small edit. I repaired a set of mine, and instead of gluing the post to the earring itself, I glued the post to a small flat scrap  of metal. So:

Find scrap of metal, drill hole, glue in post
glue scrap of metal to earring.

This worked better for me because I couldn't drill the earring itself. It also gave a lot more surface for the glue to hold!

Try 24hr epoxy. I find it works for everything.
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Thimble Necklace on: March 25, 2013 08:35:56 AM
Very funky, love the idea
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Cereal box earring and paper covered bangles on: March 25, 2013 08:34:59 AM
Those earrings are really neat. Great idea!
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Parcel Tape Bangles on: March 25, 2013 08:33:19 AM
Ok, that's a cute idea. Great way to reuse!
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: thimble necklace on: March 25, 2013 08:30:06 AM
This is so lovely, I really love how sweet it looks! Great use for a meaningful item
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Melted Perler Bead Necklaces on: March 25, 2013 08:20:41 AM
I really love this idea, I haven't used those beads since high school! May have to go searching for my old stash  Grin
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tiny Leather Pouch Necklace on: March 25, 2013 08:18:19 AM
I've made tiny bag earrings before, and I know they're a lot of work. You did a great job on this!
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Raccoon Brooch on: March 25, 2013 08:16:21 AM
This is adorable. I'd love to see more!
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