My Favorite Things

Find information and links to purchase some of my favorite tools, books and other cool stuff!

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Design Basics

Pens, pencils, sketchbooks and much more!

Spiral Hardcover Sketchbook 

Beautiful and functional. This 8x8 sketchbook is small enough to sit on your bench for reference. Customize yours with stickers!

Uni Kuru Toga Mechanical Pencil 

For the true drawing nerd! Rotating point stays perfect with each stroke. Japanese design at it's finest.

Refills here.

Fine line drawing pens - Black

These are my favorite pens for inking in my final drawings.

Studio & Bench Organization 

Cool stuff to keep your bench tidy!

Porcelain Ceramic Palettes -5 piece set.

Organize your solder pallions in these beautiful dishes that stack to keep your bench tidy!

Magnetic Bur Holder

This revolving bur and tool holder helps you keep the tiny bits organized.

Holds up to 40 burs.

4 drawer wooden stackable storage box.

I use these to store my cabochons. Label the fronts to easy identification. Line the drawers to protect the stones

(I use cork).They stack nicely to decrease footprint in your studio space. love these!

Wooden pencil, file or sanding stick organizer.

I just got this and love it. I store my pencils, pens, sanding sticks files and pliers and hand tools slip perfectly into the slant slots! 

small organizer. Drawer is perfect for sanding paper.

Bench Tools and More

Everything from sandpaper to pliers

Hand Tools

Xuron - Professional Photo Etch Scissor.

These shears are perfect for cutting fine silver bezel. Leaves a clean edge. No more filing!

Foredom Hammer Hand Set piece.

For use with a Foredom LX Series motor, 5000 rpm.

Great for setting heavy or thick walled bezels.

Forca Shears- 

Forged French High Carbon Steel. These Heavy Duty Jewelry Metal Shears are designed for safe and dependable use to cut heavy Gold, Silver, Brass and Copper Sheets up to gauge 22 

Tronex Precision Hand Tools.

Invest in good tools and they will last a life time! Ergonomic handles come in two lengths.

Tronex is worth every penny!

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Beadsmith Micro-Engraver.

I use this handy tool to sign my work. It is precise and it's battery operated 

so you can take it with you anywhere!

Presidium Dial Gauge

Tired of reaching for your calipers to discover the battery is dead! This dial gauge is expensive but will pay for itself in batteries alone!  Easy to use easy to read, millimeters and carat readout.

Durston Hand Tools

I am in love with these new hand tools from Durston. Cutter are precise and clean.

Otto Frei is the inly distributor in the US so far.

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Soldering 

Fire Brick -

use to pin items while soldering. Great for making prongs settings 

9" x 4.5" x 2.5”, alumina silica refractory ceramic

clay brick

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Pickle Warmer

This small footprint cup warmer

is perfect for your bench pickle jar. 3 temperature settings allow you to adjust your pickle temperature. Auto shutoff feature is wonderful!

Flux Applicator

Use these precision needle tip bottle to apply your liquid flux or Pripps. No more spray all over your soldering block! Flux where you want it and no clogging! 

Solderite - soldering board/hard - 6" x12"

Excellent soldering surface for all applications. does not pull heat and is durable.

Also available in 6"x6" and 12"x12"

Electric Torch Lighter

Great for lighting any torches with one hand, providing sparks for the small jewelers torch. Runs off 2 AA batteries (Batteries are not included)

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Abrasives

Micro-Mesh andi Files

Excellent long lasting micro-mesh sanding sticks. 1/2" x 5 3/4" convenient size for many polishing applications.

Each Handi-File has two grits on either side.

100/150

180/240

400/600

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Flash Shiner -Buffing Stick

These are the absolute bomb! Green side (4000 grit) removes tiny scratches around bezels with damaging your stone. White (6000 grit) puts a buffer shine on all metals. Will also polish softer stones like turquoise!

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Ceramic Stone Sanding Pencil

Perfect for sanding those hard to reach places. High performance ceramic fiber.

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Sanding Twigs - Durasand

These thin sanding twigs are perfect for getting into those small places. Get all the grits!

Each twig is about 5-1/2 inches long to 7 inches long. The thickness varies from 1/16 of an inch to 1/4 of an inch.

3M Scotch Brite Convolute Deburring wheel

These wheel is amazing. You almost virtually never need to file again! Fine mesh wheel leaves a clean stain finish on silver and gold. From sawing to finished in 3 minutes! 6"x1"x1"

Requires at least a 1/2hp motor to operate.

Find adapters here"

Telescoping adapter

1/2 Standard motor shaft arbor

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Patinas 

Patinas for silver and mixed metals. applicators and storage.

2 piece refillable pen set. These fantastic fillable pens are the best way to apply patina to your pieces. Simply fill with your favorite patina and apply!

No touching the patina fluid and easy direct application right where you want it! Highly recommend!

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Books

The Complete Metalsmith - Tim McCreight.

A must have for any jeweler!

I recommend the spiral bound version so you can lay it flat on your bench.

The Metalsmith's Book of Boxes and Lockets Tim McCreight.

This book has become almost impossible to get. Worth every penny.  

Creative Metal Forming Betty Helen Longhi and  Cynthia Eid

Comprehensive guide to forming metal. A must have.

101 Bench Tips for Jewelers Alan Revere

Acclaimed designer, author, and educator Alan Revere shares his most valuable bench tips and tricks

Stoned - Aja Raden

Fascinating read! If you love stones you will love this book!

Gemstone Setting by Anastasia Young

The most in-depth, technical guide to stone setting. From basic bezels and prongs to pave, carre, clusters, and numerous others.

Polishing and Finishing for Jewellers and Silversmiths by Stephen M Goldsmith

A comprehensive guide to professional finishing techniques. 

Foldforming by Charles Lewton Brain

The ultimate reference on foldforming from the artist who invented this groundbreaking approach to working with metal.

Korean Metal Art by Komelia Hongja Okim

The first book to offer not only detailed examples and history, but step-by-step instruction on the legendary metalworking traditions of Korea. 

Outstanding book! A must have.

Bernd Munsteiner - Reflections in Stone by Christopher Weber

Bernd Munsteiner is a living legend as one the greatest gem cutters of our time. Clear in his vision, he expanded the traditional standards of gem cutting by introducing to the world, the art and technology of gem cutting in the fine art form. This book is masterfully done in telling the Bernd Munsteiner story in word and picture. Educational and inspirational.