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Daily Wire Tip Sept. 13: Investing in Jewelry Tools
Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip for
September 13, 2011
Hi, I have been wire wrapping for about 3 years, love it, but I have been purchasing low to medium priced tools that need replacing quite often. Can you recommend a set of tools that are good, but won’t break the bank? Thank you.
-Julie in Canton, Ohio
Hey Julie, thanks so much for asking this question! I have written a lot of tips with regards to tools, but your situation is the perfect example of something I tell folks all the time: “The quality of your work is reflected in the quality of your tools,” and how you work with them. Depending on the style of wire wrapping you execute most often (chain maille, traditional, coiling, sculpting, etc) your most important tools may be different from those I use, however you can apply my answer to any tools!!
You state that you have been using “medium-priced” tools that often need replacing. My question is, how many times do you have to replace a certain tool and at what cost?
Example: if a pair of flat nose pliers presently costs $12 and you have to replace it twice a year, after 2 years (and $48) you could have purchased a single pair of Swanstrom flats (retail $43.95, Gold Club $32.96)! Seriously, purchased in 1993 for around $28, I have been continuously using the same pair of Swanstrom flats for 18 years and they are still as good as new! (And like everything else, look how much their price has risen.)
That’s another positive point, prices are NOT going down, ever! Invest in good tools in the same manner as you invest in the beads and gemstones that you use in your jewelry designs. They (and you) are worth it!!
OK, now that I’ve had my little rant I would like to direct you to a recent tip where we spoke of tools and brands, Lindstrom or Swanstrom that might help you further with your decision.
Work smarter, not harder and save both your body and your wallet some stress. Explore Wire-Sculpture’s tools section as well as our sister site, JewelryTools.com, for some tools that will work for you.
Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong
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