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Tool Time Tuesday – Bench Anvil and Steel Plate Reviews

Remember when I said it was always fun to go to Tucson and hang out in Kevin Potter‘s shop? Well, that is also a dangerous place for me to be as I fall madly in love with the tools he makes, and of course, those tools find a way to follow me home. But my studio will welcome all the new tools with open arms and graciously finds places for everything. That is certainly the case with these two new additions to my studio. They are similar, but still quite different in their function.

The first of these is a Bench Anvil. The bench Anvil is a heat hardened steel that becomes abrasion RESISTANT. This means that while it is extremely hard, it is still possible to leave little dings in it, especially if you haven’t properly dressed and polished your hammers (a topic for an upcoming Tool Time Tuesday post.) However this tool is HARD and glorious to work with. The Anvil is 6″, round and the hard top is welded to a 2″ high mild steel base.

The next tool is a larger Steel Plate/Platen. This piece is glorious as it is a fairly large working surface measuring 10″ x 6″. This tool differs, not only in size, but also in material. The steel is actually a Mild Steel, which means it is NOT abrasion resistant. You would be best to use a rawhide or nylon mallet with this one to prevent surface marking. So why have it then? Well, for me, I use it to flatten out larger pieces of metal, scribe designs and measurements, layout designs, etc. It is such a useful LARGE, FLAT surface for me.

One other really great thing about these tools is that Kevin will resurface them for the first time for free, and for life after that, for a nominal fee and shipping. I have only been working in my studio for a week since returning from Tucson and both have been quite well used already.

So if you are looking at buying a larger working surface, you may want to consider these.

REMEMBER – GIVE AWAYS!!!!!

Don’t forget, there is still time to enter my giveaways. I have two of them going right now.

Debora Mauser’s workshop giveaway has only 2 1/2 days left. Be sure to enter at the end of the linked post. Even if you aren’t able to leave a comment, fill in your information and mark it complete and you will be entered. If you are having issues entering, just send me a message and I will be sure you are entered.

Pepetools Jump Ring Maker Giveaway. We are just past our 1/2 way point. Please help me spread the word on this. Just copy and paste the link where you want to share it.  http://eepurl.com/bbI3kj

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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.

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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.