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“Give ordinary people the right tools, and they will design and build the most extraordinary things.”
The use of tools has become an inevitable part of everyday life. They help us get a better result with less effort. However, this is only if the right tools are being used for whatever it is you are working on. Not using any tools or using the wrong tools can affect the quality of the final product.
This of course applies to everything in the broader perspective, however, we at Cape Watch are particularly focused on helping you find the right tools for your hand made jewellery and DIY projects. Jewellery making is an interest that requires patience and practice. The materials needed are often small, therefore, difficult to handle. This is when you need a range of handy tools to help you ease through the project and create something you will love.
Files and Tweezers
To start off, let’s talk about the most basic tools. The use of tweezers and files may seem pretty obvious, but many DIY enthusiasts will neglect how useful they are. Let’s take a minute to fully appreciate how a pair of tweezers can grab any tiny bead or how a file can grind down the excessive glue you accidentally spilled.
Some of our favourite tools include a set of nifty jewellery specific pliers. These are designed to be precision tools that particularly target techniques often used during jewellery making. They can be used for looping, cutting, wrapping and bending wires for any applications.
Nothing is more frustrating than completing your project only to feel that there is just something missing. This is when we will suggest you to accessorize. Recently we at Cape Watch have fallen in love with the Steampunk culture and many of our own home made jewelleries are Steampunk styled. If you feel like your piece is missing something that ties the design together, why not add an extra cog or gear.
If you want to make your DIY jewellery even more personal, why not engrave something meaningful onto it? Engraving can be done on any flat metallic, leather, glass, ceramic and wood surface if you have a good engraver. We recommend the Dremel 290 engraver which can easily handle the small surfaces on your jewellery.
The final step in completing your DIY jewellery is to give it bling with a good clean and polish. This can be done by hand or with a versatile polisher.
Once you have finished making your jewellery, be sure to store it in a safe place so it can last you a long time to come. Why not try making your own book case jewellery box?