Heck yes. That cheapo $5 microwave from a garage sale is perfect to
pre-heat pickle, LOS, and 'sonic solution!
Other helpful non-jewelry tools:
A plug-in timer from the Christmas lights - use it to time and shut
off equipment like the tumbler & pickle pot.
StickTac - used to stick pencils, broken blades, drills, Tigertail
stringing "needles", and such to walls, cabinet doors, etc. I always
have a glob on the inside of my cash box and it has come in handy
many times at a show.
Clothes pins - drill a hole through one side of the jaw to allow an
earring post to stick through, then it becomes a nifty clamp for
gluing half-drilled spheres to pearl posts.
Old business cards - these are my little records. I note the
components and prices with a simple sketch of a piece. Add the sales
code and retail price. File these in a card file by jewelry
description. The back of the card becomes a mixing pad for epoxy,
using a flat toothpick to mix. Leave the toothpick on the left-over
epoxy as a quick check on cure.
"Shooters" containers - at least my bar-savvy daughter tells me
that's what they are. They are cylindrical, heavy clear glass
containers and serve to hold needle files upright.
Rimmed cookie sheets - treat them like drawers mounted under the
bench pin. Slide them under the bench for storage and pull them out
to catch filings. I have one marked "gold" and the other "silver."
Mascara brush - wonderful cylindrical brush to clean tiny openings -
collect as many as you can get because there are several different
Guess that's enough for now.
Judy in Kansas