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Tool Time Tuesday – Mini Hydraulic Press Review

I have been home from Tucson for just over a week now, but I think I am finally just now getting back on track. It is crazy how long it takes to get back into the swing of things when you have made a trip, let alone an 11-day trip. Sadly, the trip was rather difficult on my girls, especially my youngest. So I don’t think I will do much traveling for a while. I am leaving in just a week and a half to teach at the retreat in Texas and I will be gone for 9 days there. But that one has been in the works for almost a year, so I can’t exactly cancel, not that I even remotely want to. LOL. Speaking of the retreat, there are still a couple of spaces open if you think you might like to join us. 🙂 It will be a great time with great instructors in a beautiful location with gourmet food (which is included in the price of the retreat.)  http://www.roadhousearts.com/spring-2015-jewelry-retreat/

My Giveaway is still open for the Pepetools Jump Ring Maker. So if you haven’t signed up yet, be sure to enter. http://eepurl.com/bbI3kj We are about 1/2 way to the goal for entries. So please enter and share it.


Tucson was so much fun this year. I was able to share a room with some good friends from when I lived back east in Ohio. It was so good to spend some time with them again. I also got to meet many new friends. It was the most fun to meet some of you, my blog readers. It is always fun to put a face with a name. So thanks for stopping by to meet me and introducing yourselves. I am looking forward to next year already. I will have some really fun things to show you in the very near future. I got myself some VERY beautiful rocks, so be on the lookout for some eye candy. I also bought some copper sheet (at a discount due to being scratched and dinged a bit) and was able to get it cut into 6×6″ squares and will be destashing some of that very soon. In fact, I need to destash quite a bit. We have to put a new roof on our house and the bids are CRAZY for this big house of mine.

While I was in Tucson, I got to play with a lot of the new tools that Kevin Potter of Potter USA has come out with. And of course, I brought quite a few of them home so I can review them for you. That reminds me, I also have an online workshop I am reviewing and will be able to give one lucky winner a free subscription to the workshop. More details to come soon. Sometimes it is so hard to be me. *snicker*

One of the tools that I brought home was the Mini Hydraulic Press. This press is an 8-ton press that is meant for cutting pancake dies only. It will not do any kind of forming, it just doesn’t have the strength. In fact, the opening is too small for the bracelet pancake dies. So this is going to be for any of the other pancake dies that are 4″ or smaller. The nice thing about this press is that it has such a small foot print.

Press Size Comparisont

The Image above gives you an idea about the size of this little machine. It is so much fun to use though. This is a great tool for anyone that is wanting to get into a production mode and just punch out shapes. If you want to do anything other than that, you would be wise to move up to the next larger size.

Want to learn more? Check out this short little video.

Tool Time Tuesday – Rotary Tumblers & Another Giveaway

Hey everyone. Yes, I know it is Friday. But, the video was posted to my YouTube channel on Tuesday, so technically it is still Tool Time Tuesday, right?  Hey, when you are a mom to three busy girls, you just have to roll with it sometimes. That, and Sales Taxes caught me off guard. I looked at the due date wrong. D’oh! So glad I looked again.  And, I owe a whole whopping $2.46 in Sales Taxes. LOL. That is good and bad, as it is an indicator of my sales for this past year. However, I believe I squeaked out a tiny bit of profit. Like maybe a hundred dollars or so. WOOT! Last year was probably my worst year emotionally and everything, so that tiny bit of a profit made me smile all night long, even now. 😀 <== See? Big Smile.

When I asked about topics for Tool Time Tuesday, a couple of people asked about Rotary Tumblers. I have a couple of them here in my studio so I thought I would give a quick comparison between the two of them.

If you are interested in getting a 3A Lortone Tumbler (the one featured in the video) and Mixed Stainless Steel Shot, let me know. I do sell those, however I do not keep them in stock. They do meet my minimum purchase amount from my supplier, so I can have it sent directly to you. Just let me know.

GIVEAWAY – Pepetools Jump Ring Maker


That is right, Pepetools has graciously offered a Jump Ring Maker (JMR2). Same deal as the last giveaways. You are just giving us (Pepetools and I) to add you to our email lists. You can always unsubscribe if you would like. Pepetools only sends out a few a year. There will be a few more than that from me, especially as I would like to just have my blog posts go out to my email list. That way I can have everything in one tidy little place.

** Oh, and no worries. You won’t be added to the list multiple times. I know it says you are, but you really aren’t. So you shouldn’t receive two emails and such. But I do still need you to actually enter the drawing through the link provided below.

When will the giveaway be done? Well, that depends. Pepetools has asked that we have a certain number of entries before we do the giveaway. We are currently about a 1/4 of the way there. So please share and share and share. I am dying to find out who is going to get the jump ring maker.

ENTER HERE: http://eepurl.com/bbI3kj

Here are a couple of videos for you to get you excited about winning it.

Tool Time Tuesday – Shears in the Studio

First off, let me tell you all THANK YOU for entering the giveaway for the mini hydraulic press from Potter USA. It was a great success, although, how can you not have a successful giveaway? Our winner was Lecia Woessner from Maryland. It is always so much fun to be able to  give away great tools. If you didn’t win, don’t worry, there are a few more in the queue that I am sure you will still want to check out.

In Addition, I still have room in my workshops in Tucson. Please check them out and consider hanging out with me for an evening or two at Potter USA. You won’t be sorry. You will leave with finished pieces and best of all, LOTS of inspiration. And, if you sign up for multiple workshops, I will take off $20 for each additional workshop.

You can register for workshops here: http://www.kcjewelbox.com/Workshops_c26.htm

I find it funny that questions from people seem to come in category waves. Lately, the questions are about shears in the studio, more specifically bench and guillotine shears and the difference between the two of them. I happen to have one of each in my studio. So I thought I would do a video showing the differences between them. I meant to make a really short one, but there was quite a bit of info, so it is just about 9 minutes long. But if you are considering purchasing one of these shears, you might just find this video helpful.

And yes, I know that this isn’t Tuesday. But sometimes when you are a mom, you just do what you can do when you can do it. And, I did do the filming and editing yesterday. It finished uploading this morning at about 1:00. Let me tell you, 6:00 came awfully early here at my house.

Let’s Do a Give-Away!!!

Computer issues can be so much fun. So while this was supposed to go out yesterday, it didn’t. Not only that, but I had to redo this post three times. So let’s try this again. So frustrating.

Today is my baby’s birthday. Four years ago today was actually quite a frightening day for me. Her pregnancy was riddled with complication after complication. I was on bedrest at only 18 weeks into the pregnancy and delivered her at 29 weeks after she had already had four blood transfusions. I am so grateful to all the love, prayers, and support that everyone offered during that difficult time. Kiari came into this world screaming and fighting…. all 3 pounds and 6 ounces of her. LOL. She is still a fighter today. That part gets rather old, but I am so glad for my fighting baby. She is a miracle and I love her to pieces.

Only 3 pounds 6 ounces. Such a strong little girl.

Only 3 pounds 6 ounces. Such a strong little girl.

Happy 4th Birthday. So strong, smart and beautiful.

Happy 4th Birthday. So strong, smart and beautiful.

This past week I have hit several milestones in my little business. I will be the first to admit that I am a horrible business person. I haven’t made a profit since beginning this, and that kind of worries my accountant and myself for this years taxes. I hope that I don’t have an audit coming. YIKES! I tend to give everything away. When was the last time you paid for any of my videos? And while I sometimes get to keep the tools I demo in the videos I haven’t been paid in money for any of them. I haven’t monetized my videos either, though I think that will change soon.

So what milestones did I hit this past week? Well first, I have been in business for 8 years. That doesn’t seem possible, but it is true. WOOT! Second, I hit over 1,000 Facebook fans. I know, I am still totally a small fry, but I was excited to finally break into the thousands. 🙂 And it won’t really mean much anyway since FB is changing things so you probably won’t really see my posts anyway. Bummer. But the one that I am really excited about is hitting 5,000 subscribers on my YouTube channel. I thought I had hit another milestone by hitting 75 videos, but it turns out I actually have 84 up there right now. At any rate, I am so grateful to everyone for their support. I am sad that my blog changed and I lost all of my subscribers. I had over 2,000 readers and now I am down to like 49. So if you are here and reading this, THANK YOU! That also means your chances of winning the giveaway is really good. LOL. Let’s look at what I have to give away.

 3-piece Titanium Soldering Pick set – I have three sets to give away
  • Overall length:6 1/4″ Tip:1 5/8″
  • Titanium machined tip – will last
  • Fine tip to collect the exact amount of solder for a precise application
  • Grooved aluminum handle, designed to quickly transfer heat away from operator
 95 Durometer Urethane Pad
  • Overall size:6″ x 6″
  • 1/6″ thick
  • Perfect for use with the Pepetools disc cutter. Made in the U.S.A
 Your Choice of a pair of sterling silver earrings
 SterlingTeardrop Melissa_Muir_Cone_earrings

So how do you enter? I am looking for more ideas for my Tool Time Tuesday. What tools would you like to learn about? What projects or techniques would be useful?

  • Just leave me a comment.
  • Please subscribe to my blog (over there on the right.) This way I will have your email address and can notify you if you win.
  • Please subscribe to my YouTube Channel www.YouTube.com/kcjewelbox
  • Follow me and share it – Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, etc. Help me grow my presence.

Each of these items will get you one entry into the drawing. So you have the possibility of 7 entries. Just let me know in your comment which you have done so I don’t miss any of your chances.

I will announce FIVE winners on Saturday at 5:00 pm MST. Good luck!

Edited to add: Thanks to Pepetools for the great tools to give away!