Mollie Valente Thing Maker - Tool Lover Mollie's comments about a few of her favorites:
#69-611 The BeadSmith Jewelry Pliers, 1-Step Looper, 2.25mm
This makes it easy to create consistently-sized (and consistently-shaped) loops. It works best with 18-gauge wire, but can be used with wire as thin as 24-gauge.
Simply a beautiful color, in every shape.
Super sparkly, and stunning when you see it in person
What's not to love about color-changing "mood" beads with lovely patterns?
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More favorites (that may or may not be linked in above)...
#81-500-0000-S Thompson 80-mesh Enamel for Metals - 169 color sampler [A little bit of everything. Perfect for experimentation!]
#65-153 Torching Basket for Enameling by Eugenia Chan [Essential for torch firing enameled copper. Pairs perfectly with the EURO TOOL tripod.]
#63-178 Tin, Metal, 1.25x.75", Set of 40 [This storage set is super cute and handy for lots of small things.]
#69-271-99 EURO TOOL Glitter, Four-Piece Set [This is an affordable set of basic jewelry-making tools, that work great.]
#69-199 EURO TOOL Dapping Block & Punches, 8 Punches [I love the dapping set for what it is intended for--dapping and doming metal; but did you know you can also use the back of the block as a bench block, and all the punches work as mandrels for shaping wire and sheet?]
#69-235 EURO TOOL Metal Punch, Two Hole [This hole punch is easy to use and has two very usable hole sizes.]
#69-252-01-4 EURO TOOL Flat File, 6", #4 Cut [This file is worth the cost.]
#69-138 EURO TOOL Hammer, Chasing [The face of this hammer is domed, which means the edge of the hammer won't leave marks on wire and metal.]
#69-118 Rubber Block [This is a super base for supporting work to be polished. It keeps small pieces from scooting around and protects metal from getting scratched.]
#63-528 EURO TOOL Polishing Pads, Ultra, 2x2" [If you like a bright and shiny finish, these are the polishing pads to use.]
#69-257-0004 3M Sanding Sponges, 800-1000 Grit [All of the 3M sanding sponges work great for prepping and finishing metal.]
#69-172 Saw Frame, 4" with Screw [We carry several more expensive saw frames, but for usability, this is the one I prefer.]
#69-191-40 EURO TOOL Saw Blade, #4/0 [I buy the Euro Tool saw blades by the gross, because the price break is outrageously good.]
#69-404 Swivel Vise, 3" [Everyone needs a vise! This vise is my must have for use with the Crafted Findings riveting system; it holds the tool so I don't have to.]
#69-993 Crafted Findings 332" Long Reach Rivet Piercing/ Setting [This is one of those tools that you think you can live without until you have one. I like that I am able to rivet fragile materials, like glass and ceramics, that would not be possible with traditional methods.]
#44-721-08 Brass Blank, House with Square Window [This is such a sweet shape and a good size for pendants, charms, or earrings.]
Niobium Earring Hook Findings [Niobium is the best metal for sensitive ears. I love all the colors, so it's hard to pick a favorite.]
#23-246 3-Cut Matubo E BeadsFor a small bead, these have a good-sized hole that will accommodate 1mm cording. These will be good for macrame and other knotting projects. Favorite colors: #23-246-1575, #23-246-1051, #23-246-1603, and #23-246-1521
#44-048-16 Sterling Silver Celtic Moon Charm -- A sweet little moon accent!