My New Jewelry Making Tools

Who doesn’t love a good deal? My friends know that I am a bargain hunter. Here are my latest jewelry making tool scores.
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Otto Frei close out two Fretz mini raising hammers $84.00

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Ever since  I used Artsy-Sciency’s metal shears in Puerto Vallerta,  I wanted a pair.  They cut so easily.  ArtGirlsTools  $13.25 plus shipping

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Haiko flush cutters  Amazon

16 gauge    $9.29

10 gauge   $12.67

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Optivisor – low cost version. I had a couple of genuine Optivisor lenses but no holder. I didn’t want to invest in a genuine Optivisor so I tried this low cost knock off. My Optivisor lenses fit and it came with some lenses of its own. Probably not as good as the genuine thing but you can’t beat the cost.

$$16.50 plus $3.00 shipping from China.  Delivery takes a few weeks.  Order it here.

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Foredom Bench Lathe  $188.50

Jets Jewelers Tools and Supplies  Order it here,

There’s a story behind the bench lathe.  I was jonesing for one ever since I attended a Clay ConneCTion retreat a few years ago and got to try one out.  I went searching for a deal and was wary of  buying a poorly made knock off or, worse yet, a counterfeit.

I had one prior order with Jets Jewelers and Supplies who does business on eBay.  I didn’t like the item I got and they refunded my money in full no questions asked.  So when I saw the deal on the Foredom Bench Lathe,  I ordered it.  Jets Jewelers promptly sent me an email informing me that I had ordered the 240 volt model and asked me if I had not really meant to purchase the 120 volt model.    I thanked them for catching the error and my bench lathe arrived a couple of days later.  I love it.  And I commend Jets Jewelers and Supplies for their great customer service!!

Note: Some of these prices may have gone up since I bought the items but they are still great deals.  I have no affiliation with any of the sellers or manufacturers.

Flirty Flowers and Macro Lens Mischief

Bob’s garden is growing full force this summer. One of the Koi fish is as big as a whale but refuses to be photographed.

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I didn’t have any problem getting them to open up for the macro lens

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I don’t know what this flower’s called – it’s from Seger Park down the street and I take pictures of it every year.

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Even Plumpton got into the act despite the fact that he is now a grumpy old cat of 19.

Yarn Bombing in Mendocino

It’s been a long month this week but I will spare you the details.  Suffice it to say that at times like these, color and travel memories are nice escapes. This week’s post has both: from a town-wide installation called the Mendocino  Crayon Box.

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Bead Shopping in Portland

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Stores like Dava Beads in Portland Oregon are hard to find these days. It’s a full service, generously-stocked  bead shop. 

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Sunny and inviting and scads of beads- something for every one and every budget.  And classes and books and magazines and a friendly knowledgeable staff.  What more could you want?  Classes?  They have those.  A few good restaurants within walking distance?  They have those too.

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 I found plenty of different sized needles there including size 13s


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You can get Delicas and Charlottes and they have a respectable selection of 15/0 beads

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You can buy in bulk.  There are 11/0 Czech beads

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And antique and vintage buttons.  

I’m sure that the stock has changed since the last time I was there.  All the better! Portland is a great city for walking, dining and bookstores!  And Dava Beads.