Okay, I’ve been watching the forums selectively for a while now,
trying to glean some wisdom as I move slowly towards starting up my
own little shop. I find myself in a rare position at the moment. I
have a gorgeous room at one end of the house that is my “studio” and
around $20,000 to set up nearly everything I need to fabricate. I do
have my Foredom flex shaft and a nice little starter’s bench, as well
as a small propane-oxy setup (much was gathered from
archives here before that purchase) with a Little Torch. I also have
a MAPP torch my husband bought me (nice mom’s day gift eh?)
However… I need help! I am lost and overwhelmed by all the
I’d like to pick up all the MAJOR equipment right now,
while I can (before my husband reclaims my trust fund for the
mortgage!), so I am looking at things like burnout kilns, vacuum
tables, lapidary setups, polishing lathes, dust collectors… the
works. I’m even looking for opinions on the best range hood(s) to
slap on one of the walls and trying to decide if I want to set some
money aside to build some counter space under the hood and I expect
I’ll need to lay down some fire-resistant mats over carpet in the
areas by the kiln and torch…
I plan to do gold & silver and also try my hand at PMC and enamels
at some point. I may dabble in beads/glass at some point, but don’t
expect to ever specialize in it, so it’s not on the priority table.
I’m definitely interested in doing more lapidary work as well though
- I was cutting cabs in my last class and loved it!
Can anyone help me in choosing the right equipment? Or recommend an
article/book, etc, that talks about the best "bang for my buck"
items I can get at this time. Technically, I’d probably still be
considered a fledgling in this field - I’ve had some training but
still - so I’m looking for all the advice I can get. I want to get
this ball rolling right the first time! So, I’m looking to the
Thanks in advance! I look forward to hearing your responses.
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