Educating the Customer~Part 2

In an ongoing attempt to help the general public and jewelry buying customers just what you'll get from artisan made jewelry.
Let's talk hand tools.

This is a part of my arsenal of hand tools. Each one has a different function and produces a different effect. Let's look at one of my favorite pliers made by Lindstrom.
Lindstrom chain nose pliers

Lindstrom are some of the best made high performance hand tools. This particular pair are from the ergonomics series. Built to last and made for hand comfort. Now of course tools do not last forever. They need to be repaired, replaced, sharpened, etc. This particular pair cost me $48.00. Now just add up all those pliers in my cases! ~Note, while I do like high quality tools and supplies, I do shop around for the best prices. Now let's take a look at my hammer collection.

And again, each has it's own purpose in creating the jewelry that I make. Some of these were not as costly as others, but you will achieve the best results working with the best tools. Fretz are some of the best hammers made. I do have one Fretz hammer. (I'd love a whole set!) This embossing hammer creates the dimpled rustic look on metals. This hammer by itself was $52.00.
A set of these hammers such as this:

can cost as much as $220.00.
I hope this gives you a little insight about some of the tools needed to create handcrafted jewelry.

To read Part 1 of this series, click here.
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