I love getting tools. You all know that I have a serious tool problem. My dad was doing my taxes this week, my poor dad, and he forbid me to buy any more gems and beads. But he didn’t say anything about tools…..
Yesterday I was visited by both the UPS man and the FedEx man. Not sure who I was more happy with. Oh wait! Yes I do. I LOVED LOVED LOVED the UPS man for he brought me a PURPLE HYDRAULIC PRESS!!!! I LOVE IT! Yes, I do have now have two hydraulic presses. So? Your just jealous.
I have to admit, I was a bit nervous about getting a purple one. Colors can be so “off” when you see the pictures of them on the computer screen. I was VERY pleased when mine came. It is a deep plum color, which is one of my favorites. I couldn’t have picked the color better…. which is good, because I didn’t really have a choice.
Why do I have a new press? Well, who wouldn’t want a purple one? Okay, don’t answer if you don’t want one, but I did, so I got one. Also, Kevin Potter of Potter USA sent it to me so I could do a review and new video for the new design. There are some great benefits to being a teacher and making video reviews. Being sponsored by Potter USA is just one of those perks.
So what is new about the press? Here is one of the great things about having two presses, I can show them side by side.
Please forgive the bad photo, but this is the only one that I have that shows the bottom of the press and the need for the feet. Kevin’s cost of materials has nearly tripled over the past few years and he has only just recently raised the price on the presses. He did it only because he absolutely had to. He thought long and hard about the the design of the press and wondered if there was a way that he could utilize the metal better and have less waste. With the redesign he is now able to get 10 presses out of the same material that he was able to get 7 before.
If you look at the photo above, painful, I know… but you will see a few changes. First, the outer frame is slightly thinner. It is also one full piece all the way around, hence the need for the feet. The feet are actually aesthetically pleasing to the design as well. They are aluminum, so we are free of rust on that baby.
It is actually a bit easier for me to move around too. The old press is currently sitting on some padding I used to protect my table tops as I slid it from place to place. It also helped to slide it around. But I don’t have that need with this new press. It is sturdy and there is no wobbling at all, which means, no need to bolt it to the table top…. not that I did that before anyway.
If you look at the photo above (forgive the greasy fingerprints) and the placement of my jack, you will actually see the gauge. The inside opening is also a bit larger. I love that I can see my gauge so much easier now. You can sort of see on the blue press where my jack was sitting. Some of the oil has leaked from the jack and removed the paint where it was sitting. You will notice that the old lower platen looks to be a lot lower than my new one. That is only because my jack is so tall. If I needed to have more space between the upper and lower platen, I could simply use a shorter jack… and I just might do that in the old press. This would give me more opportunities to do things such as “deep draw” items.
The new press is slightly taller than the old design and again, a little
bit thinner. The bottom footprint takes up less space, and in this new
studio of mine, every inch saved is necessary for me. One of my favorite
features, besides being purple, is the upper platen. I no longer have
to use my wrench to loosen the bolt and remove the platen. Yes, the bolt
is still there so I can use any of my bracelet forming attachments and
Bonny Doone attachments, but the new upper platen is thinner and the
best part…. MAGNETIC! He has used a couple of SUPER STRONG magnets and
it is a cinch to remove and I don’t have to worry about it falling out
on me if I don’t get the nut on top tight enough. BRILLIANT!!!
I mentioned that the paint on my other press has been eaten away by the oil from my jack. Hopefully that won’t be an issue with this press, but we will see. It is just something that happens. But this press isn’t just painted, it is powder coated. And if it looks as good as it does right now in these pictures, I think it should hold up just fine. What do I mean by that? Well, UPS isn’t always the nicest to these items when they are shipping. They are heavy, oh, I forgot to mention, it is a full 8 pounds lighter than the original style as well. But I digress, When I received my press, even though it was packaged and wrapped, the packaging had been through the wringer and there were several parts of the press exposed. But it doesn’t show anything for the wear.
With the money that Kevin was able to save on the presses with the better yield of material, he poured the money back into the press to cover the powder coating and nicer feet for the press, thereby keeping the price the same. To find out more about these beautiful presses please visit: www. PotterUSA.com. Oh, and here is a teaser, just today Kevin and I talked about offering some workshops at the Tucson Gem Show next February. Great things are in store!!!!
Off to Canada!!!
I am packing things up for my classes at the Fraser Valley Bead Show in Canada this week, but when I get back, I will do a video presentation on the new features of the press. If you are in the Coquitlam area this weekend and would like to take a class from me, I would love to meet you. I am teaching Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I think I have a couple of spots left in each of the classes. It should be a really fun weekend. I will try to get some good photos so I can share my experience in becoming an “International” teacher. LOL.
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So many of you have expressed interest in the new swage blocks made by my father-in-law and you will be happy to know that the remainder of them were shipped yesterday and I should get them tomorrow. I am just about done with the tutorial (thanks to an awesome new friend, Donna, that took a bazillion photos for me) that I use the block for and hope to have them both listed in my shop by late next week. I have three Featured Artists that I am excited to share with you. I even have the one post all typed up. I just need to get the photos uploaded. So hopefully there will be a Featured Artist Friday this weekend. We will see. Tomorrow I have to get everything packed, inventoried, a few hammers altered, and pack. So sadly, it might not happen, but you never know. See you all soon!