My newest tools have been on the floor long enough! The doming kit and the Swantrom Disc Cutter Set were getting dusty and I was getting anxious to try them out. Out of the box and unwrapped!
|Swantrom Disc Cutter Set|
Remember my trip to the junk yard in a previous blog? My friend, Kim, and I divided the scrap metal and the wire and it too was sitting on the floor. Right! I could hardly walk to the work bench.
I had a couple of polymer clay discs ready for something and I liked the blue copper (someone’s failed etching project) from the junk yard. So I took the disc cutter and tried it out. After a couple of tries with the mallet, I had a disc. Wow! It works! And a second disc and tiny holes in each of those.
I was careful to leave enough blue copper around the holes I cut so that I could use the leftover for another project I have in mind.
Next the doming kit…not as easy. In fact, I watched a Beaducation video on YouTube about using it and I will practice. I was a little intimidated by the process. Funny! It was just a piece of metal and a mallet and I did not tap it enough. But for my project, I did fine. Next time I’ll be more aggressive.
Got my 20 gauge copper wire out of the box and made head pins for the ear wires. I wanted large heads so I coiled 4 turns of wire and torched that. Nice size. And then I made the ear wires and attached both the copper the polymer discs. Tomorrow I will clear coat the wires and have a new pair of earrings!
I love learning how to use new tools!