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  1. Susan Barton

    I love instructional videos! Thank you for posting them. I found you as a random post on my FB. I have since ‘liked’ you there, connected with you on Twitter, following your blog, will find you on Pintrest, and will download Instagram.

  2. Christina L Ramirez

    Re: Swag block

    I am currently trying to rind a source for your metal forming block. I took a class with Daryn Mentock and we used one of these blocks. Could you please let me know where I might purchase one?

  3. Ellen Goldman

    To anneal 20 gauge wire in the future…try wrapping around three of your fingers into a circle. Then anneal and as soon as it turns a little pink, continue for a few more seconds and it works perfectly. By wrapping the wire into a bundle works FANTASTIC and prevents melting of my thinner gauge wire 🙂

    No need to go thru all that tin can stuff. Give it a try…you’ll find it is a time saver and you get great results!


  4. Mary Timme

    Thanks so much for the video. I learned a lot and want to buy a mill so it was really informative for me. What was your reasons for the choice you made on the mill?

    1. Melissa Muir Post author

      Great question. I knew I wanted a reliable mill that would hold up to my own use and with student use. I also knew that I needed something that could last a lifetime. I have three mills in my studio. I have a couple by Durston, but my favorite is my new Pepetools Rolling mill. It has a REALLY nice finish to the rolls themselves which gives me a great finish to the metals I am rolling. I like the measuring dials are easily adjustable, so I don’t have to do any kind of mathematical equations or write it down each time I am about to tighten the mill or such. It is lightweight (relatively speaking) and has a fairly small footprint. I hope that helps. If you are interested in a Pepetools Rolling Mill, I would love to help you with the order. 🙂

  5. Charlene Shirley

    Hi Melissa 🙂
    I am considering purchasing the JoolTool but have a question. I saw your video for shaping glass cabochons but wonder if it could take the place of a Cab King? I am a novice and probably see myself making 3 to 4 cabs a week. Can the JoolTool handle shaping from a slab to a finished cab?
    Thank you so much!

    1. Melissa Muir Post author

      Hi Charlene,
      I have heard people using it for creating cabs over a Cab King. Yes, it can shape from slab to finished stone. I have done it many times. There are benefits to each machine. For me, it was fantastic that I could do cabs with this machine, but if I were to do a ton of cabs, eventually I would get a cabbing machine. Although, that said, even when I use a cabbing machine, I still finish it off with the JoolTool as I am able to get a better finish on my JoolTool than I have one the cabbing machines I have used. If you do decide to get a JoolTool, you can use my coupon code: MelissaM1 – for a bit of a discount. Let me know if you have any other questions. I would be happy to answer them for you.

  6. Laurel Rapaport

    Great classes in Las Vegas. Eagerly awaiting the class notes and jewelry to arrive. I am jinxed when it comes to the Vegas Expo it seems. I saw an eye Doctor 2 days after touching down from Vegas. The Dr. said my eyes are like a shaken snow globes. The hope is that everything settles and I no longer see all these spots before my eyes. You did inspire me and I am impatiently waiting until I can see where I am placing solder before I start practicing what I learned. I have so many ideas swirling around in my head now. I appreciate all your help.

  7. tim tang

    Dear Melissa – i’d like to verify below is correct because the Tronex 731 round jaw pliers are recommended for 20 gauge wire (22 gauge at the tip) and you’re stating you’ve bent 12 ga wire with it. Is this correct? I typically work in the 18ga to 12 ga range. The article is from 2011 til now, any issues with the 731 working on wire larger than 20 ga?

    “The round nose pliers are well matched and machined. Again, I like the heft to them. I never work large gauge wires at the end of my pliers and didn’t try to do it here for this review even. But it did handle the larger gauge wires (up to 12 ga) just fine starting 1/2 way through the jaw and to the end.”

    1. Melissa Muir Post author

      Hi Tim, Thanks for reaching out. After Re-reading this, I can see it worded it poorly. Sorry about that. I have used this pair of pliers routinely with thicker gauges of wire (18, 16, 14 and 12). I never work the thicker wire at the TIP of the pliers where the nose is small and fine. However, starting at about the 1/2 way point to the end of the nose (where it meets the handles) I can and do use the pliers to work with thicker gauges of wire without issue. I hope that clears things up for you. Please let me know if you have any further questions.

  8. Jane Dreis

    Are you still trying to get rid of a microfold brake/corrugating mill?

    Also have questions about your laser business — my right foot was damaged in surgery. Trapped nerve. Can your lasers help?

  9. Cynthia

    Hello Melissa
    I purchased a rolling Mill from Pepe Tools. I have watched your video on making impressions.
    My question is: If the image is not transferring on to the silver is it because I don’t have the rollers tight enough or it needs more annealin.
    I did probably harden the silver some by using the disc cutter. As far as the tightness of the roller, I’m sure I had it right.
    If you could give me some hints, I would so appreciate it.
    Thanks so much.

    1. Melissa Muir Post author

      Hi Cynthia,
      It sounds like the rollers aren’t tight enough or you need to anneal a little more, or a combination of both of those. There should a bit of pressure when it goes through, if there isn’t, it is not going to give you a good impression.


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