Metalliferous, I decided to pick up a bench block. I had bought a nice hammer from Evies Tool Emporium a while back with intentions of purchasing a bench block, but while considering purchasing one online, decided I didn't want to pay for shipping because they are heavy S.O.B.'s.
When I unwrapped my block, it had plastic on it and when I took the plastic off it was all gooey- like with this oily substance on it. What is that all about!?! I wiped it all off because, ewww. I can't use it like that. Maybe this is just so it doesn't tarnish while sitting on shelf? Well it's wiped off but still has all these weird marks on it. I want it to be clean and shiny! Ok, I'm over it.
So I splurged and purchased one there. Also picked up a nice ring mandrel. I'd love to make some rings so if any of you have a good tutorial or know of a good wire ring tutorial, lemme know!
I've been playing around making some handforged (is this the word I want to use? I have no clue) clasps and wow, what a fun time! I love banging the hammer. It's a nice way to let out some frustration from my days at work. I want to try to make some earring wires too. Know nothing about making earring wires so if anyone has tips, leave a comment on this post!
I saw somewhere on the web recently, some crafty individual made this really awesome earring jig with a block of wood, and nails. And so they just made a loop on one end of wire, placed the loop over one nail and then bent the earring wire over a series of other nails and it created the perfect shaped wire everytime. I think that's ingenious. And now I totally want one.
Anyway, the basic bottom line is: I'm sick of buying clasps and earring wires, and jumprings!
Here is some new work going in the shop this morning...