I know, I know...... I go from not posting in almost a year to posting twice in one day!
UPS left a package at the door for me today from Otto Frei. I've got a birthday coming up in a few weeks, so Mike told me that I should order some tools that I want as a birthday present. I am a tool junkie, and always have a wish list of things that I'd like, so I went to the Otto Frei website and honed in on the Fretz hammers and stake sets.
I got the Fretz Miniature Stake Set, along with the Fretz Double Ended Insert Hammer with 9 different tips. I also recently got both of Bill Fretz's DVD's: "Metalsmith Essentials: Basic Jewelry Hammering and Forming, Vol. 1," and "Metalsmith Essentials: Hammering and Forming Jewelry, Volume 2." I watched a good portion of the first
DVD already, and can't wait to start working with the different stakes. Hmm...he makes forming cuffs look so easy on the dvd's.... I also got a round bracelet mandrel. I already had an oval one, but from what I've viewed on the dvd so far, he always uses a round one. And finally, I got another barrette file. This one is a little coarser than the other barrette files that I always use. Guess you can never have too many files...