We have had some great posts on this. I think we can conclude that
although slower, simple tools and
hand making can produce excellent quality.
Newbies train the family.
Training the family.
Give the family jewellery for presents and ask for tools on your
I have found that $10 worth of metal and a $5 gemstone saves me
money at Xmas.
Still those little treasures sure make life better on the bench, I
love my Pepe metal bender.
2 santas ago.
Get the drift. What do I want for birthdays and Xmas jewellery
There is such a great price range in jewellery stuff from a couple
of dollars up.
All gift givers can afford the gift and you get good stuff for your
Be it some high grade sandpaper or a laser welder (then I will
believe in santa, again).
Makes it easy for the family. They can afford it AND THEY KNOW YOU
WILL LOVE IT.
Because the stuff you get is so cool you can get the family to
combine on an expensive treat
such as A grade parallel pliers. They can save money and you get some
cool tool you really want.
It is also really cool in your workshop to use a tool given from the
Although I think I am damaged from 10,000 plays of the wiggles “hot
potato” I can still use my metal bender and think. “What can I get
out of the kids next Xmas?” LOL
Any Newbies getting married? Put the bridal list in the jewellery
tool supplier, gem dealer and metal merchant.
You do not need 20 toasters. Remember the posts on cooking with your
Think 2 benches and a workshop and gems and metal.
And every one at the wedding is a potential customer!
Get a few champagnes into them at the reception and show them THE
RINGS YOU MADE.
And the bridesmaids’ jewellery and you will have demonstrated your
skills to the nearest and dearest and richest.