Now that Christmas has come and gone I can concentrate on making jewelry again and play with my new toy!!
It’s not an extravagant or fancy tool, only one I’ve had on my wish list for a while – a dapping block set.
I don’t even know why I’ve wanted one so badly. Maybe I just love tools. This one will not sit idly by my work area like the soldering kit and the silver art clay which I’m afraid to tackle – yet.
It wasn’t until after I had it for a day or two that I realized – I don’t have any blank disks, or brass mallet! I decided to order some disks from a vendor on http://www.etsy.com. Then I ordered a brass mallet from http://www.fdjtool.com. I already had a hole puncher but it was too small for the 1/2″ disks so I ordered an extended jaw hole puncher from http://www.artbeads.com – they were having a great sale.
Wow, all of this for the simple little bead caps I wanted to make with my dapping block set.
Well here are the first pair of earrings I made with these new tools. They’re brown jade beads wearing my little bead caps.
I’ll still be wire wrapping my beads like this but it’s nice to have alternatives.
Now to see what else I can do with my new toy 🙂