St. Patrick’s Day Giveaway!

Enter here for a chance to win a Dapping Set. Three lucky winners will be chosen on St. Patrick's Day!

We’ve chosen our three lucky winners! Congratulations to:

  • A. Seevers
  • M. R. Sharrow
  • S. Merrill-Sampson

It’s our first giveaway of 2014 and we’d love to celebrate it by giving away three Dapping Sets! Our Essential 8 Punch Dapping Set includes 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 20, 24 and 28mm punches and cavities plus a beautiful wooden base.

Essential 8 Punch Dapping Set

3 lucky winners will be chosen!

Wholesale Value: $36.23

St. Patrick's Day Giveaway!

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Rules:

  • To enter you must comment on the giveaway blog and tell us what you consider the “essential” tool in your studio to be and why. Use a valid email address so we can contact you if you win. One comment per person please.
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  • Three winners will be selected from blog comment entries on Monday, March 17th at 3pm, MST.
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  • Very hard to select just one essential tool! I guess I would say that my interchangeable head hammer is pretty essential. I can use it to add a variety of textures to metals and can harden wire using the same tool. Makes it pretty handy.

  • Oh my gosh, my saw, everything starts with it. Cutting wire straight and neatly, piercing complicated interior cuts of a design, trimming off what metal I need. It is often my pencil; I love to “draw” with it. It is always better than any cutter, perfect with no extra clean-up. Thanks Halstead!

  • I think my file is the tool that is most essential. You can smooth rough edges, soften hard corners, take off that smidgen of metal that is too much.

  • Ah, to pick only one! I’d have to say my chasing hammer. It’s what I’ve been reaching for the most lately – to use with stamps, confirm folds during fold forming, helping to create textures – the list goes on.

  • only 1 essential tool? you’re joking, right? i have 3 pliers i couldn’t work without- rosary, chain nose, and bent!

  • I would say both my wire cutters and my bench block. I need to cut my wire, but then I hammer so many things. I’d love to have a dapping set to be able to do even more with my metal and wire. πŸ™‚

  • My pliers and cutters. I’m just starting in jewelry making so I use those all the time, but I’d love to have a dapping set to be able to learn/do more.

  • I use my flex shaft every day. It is my go-to tool for polishing, grinding, sanding, and drilling holes. I find that it is the most versatile tool that I have in my collection. My husband has even borrowed it!

  • If I had to pick one, I’d say my soldering torch. I use it every day. I’ve never used dapping punches and would love to add them to my repertoire — thanks for the opportunity!

  • I have so many tools I would call essential. My pliers, hammer are what I would could consider most essential. I love all tools equally though and can never have too many!!!
    Thanks! πŸ˜‰

  • I would have to say it is my round or chain nosed pliers. They do so much work. I don’t think you can make jewelry without them, or at least I can’t. They touch each piece I make with very few exceptions!

    I would love to have a dapping set, I’d put my other favorite tools to work with them, my hammers! πŸ˜†

  • I would consider my drill press to be my most essential too. It would be hard to make holes without it! Thanks for the chance to win!

  • I must always have my bent-nose pliers and chasing hammer. I feel lost without them because I am constantly using them. I’ve worn them out or broke them down because of the usage.

  • I would have to say my favorite tools are several different tweezers with several different tips. Oh and my aluminum sharp poker to push tiny things around where I want them. Can’t just pick one.

  • It’s very hard to pick only one “essential” tool. At the moment, it’s got to be my cutters. I use them to cut wire and metal to form, fire, and wrap. It would be so lovely to add a punch dapping set to my “essential” tools!

  • That would have to be my reading glasses. I can see any bead, finding, wire or chain without them. Next would be my bent nose pliers. There is very little I do without them.

  • Only 1?? I guess I always have my bent nose pliers in hand for almost all my wire projects. Other than that it’d have to be my magnifying visor..can’t see good without it…

  • Bench pin and jewelers saw. I cut all my items out by hand. I use the bench pin for sanding and even as a drilling surface, when I cannot find my scrap piece of wood.

  • My torch is the most important tool due to the fact that I make glass beads. But I love all my tools and take any extra money and apply to new ones as often as I can.

  • I do mainly wirework so it would be either my flush cutters or bent nose pliers, but since flush cuts could be accomplished in other ways, my bent nose pliers get the vote as most essential.

    The dapping set would be a valuable addition to my tool set and could lead my creativity in a new direction.

  • I would have to say that my magnifier head set is the most essential to all my crafts. Seems like my eyes are getting worse. I do wire wrapping and am just going to start metal and silversmithing so all new tools would be great.

  • My essential tool, is also my happy place! With my jewelers saw in hand, sitting at my bench creating, I am in a bit of heaven. The more intricate the better!

  • Heck, how to decide? I always have my bent nose pliers in hand for wire projects. However I would be flying blind if not for my magnifying visor. Having awesome tools is critical to any endeavor.

  • I am looking for ways to challenge myself, since I have never had even one art class. I usually shy away from tools and techniques i know nothing about, like the one in your giveaway! But the first tool I ever used and the one I use every day, undoubtedly is my round nosed pliers. Even though they were inexpensive and I have a newer pair, there is a comfort in reaching for my originals. They remind me of the excitement I had when I made my first loop that made my first pair of earrings. Just thinking about it makes me want to go create something right now! I am ready to start using new tools.I am ready for the challenge.

  • I would have to say my brass mallet! I use it along with my metal stamping dies to impress kid’s names, wedding dates, baby feet, hearts, and special quotes into different types of metal, so my brass mallet is what starts the whole process. It helps me make some very special keepsakes for my very special customers. Thank you so much for the opportunity to win an awesome dapping set that I could really put to good use! πŸ˜€

  • My most essential tool would be my flat nose pliers from Halstead Beads! I use them for gripping jump rings, opening ear wires,wire wrapping, scraping brass wire to etch a bright “gold dust” shine, picking up small beads out of my containers… finishing and pressing the ends of wire wraps….
    a Precision tool , everybody should have!

  • Absolutely hands down my essential tools are my pliers!

    I was without them for a short time one weekend and I was at a loss since I use them in pretty much everything I make. I know it’s a boring answer…but it’s the truth πŸ™‚

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you all πŸ™‚

  • I would have to say my favorite and most essential tool is my torch. I started out with just a little kitchen torch and have graduated to my air/acetylene torch. I love what I am able t accomplish with it!

  • My first thought is of a double pair of bent-nose pliers! But I’m hoping the next time I answer the question I say a sapping punch! πŸ˜‰

  • My round nose pliers. Before the summer I would have said my chain nose pliers. While traveling I was making jewelry and realized I forgot to pack my round nose pliers. I cannot make loops and wraps without it. I stopped in so many hardware stores, craft stores, second hand stores…. and no one had one. I tried lots of things that might be able to take its place, but nothing worked. I realized how valuable they were! Now I keep a mini in a travel box so I always have one.

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