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Old 2013-11-05, 10:16am
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I have been given a choice to get tools for Christmas, but my they dont really understand the unique tools we often use for lampwork, marbles etc....
can anyone think of tools I can get from Sears that would be handy to have for doing lampwork?? my gift budget is $100. I just draw a blank when trying to think of things I could really use.

I am running a Mega Minor on tanked Oxy.
and i do work both 104 and Boro. I have basically a bucket with vermiculite. and 10 ss rods - lots of glass though.
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Old 2013-11-05, 11:03am
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I think the only "normal" tools I use are little needle-nose pliers for pulling stringers, etc, and small vise grips for removing beads from mandrels. That's all I can think of right now, anyway.
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Old 2013-11-05, 11:20am
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Pliers and tweezers come to mind.
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Old 2013-11-05, 11:24am
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Well, if you don't have any flat mashers you can always get bbq tongs and modify them. (Or check the kitchen area, for various tongs as well.) Check floral dept for nice metal frogs, you can use those (be careful of the type of metal of course) to create patterns for marbles/paperweights/etc. Different types of pliers, maybe a tool box to put your stuff in? Sears isn't exactly ideal but there is stuff you can get there, just have to be a bit creative.

ETA: Oh, if you are thinking to take pictures of your stuff to sell. Look for light fixtures/bulbs and stuff for a photo display, etc.
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Old 2013-11-05, 12:00pm
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A 4 foot long fluorescent light is handy when for making marbles. You spin the marble under the light and watch the reflection. If the reflection moves, the marble isn't round.
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Old 2013-11-05, 12:19pm
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Mini or funky Pliers, tweezers, cocktail/shrimp and appetizer forks, putty knives, utility knife with extra blades, the little pick/probe set, magnetic pickup tool, third hand tool,
Ear phones, soldering/wood burning kit, dremel bits.

If you fuse glass a tile saw or spare blade for the saw may be useful.

There are also those items that make working in the studio or at shows more comfortable.
Lighting and display fixtures, cords, chairs, tables ect.

There is a frugal tips thread and a pack list for shows that may help.
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Old 2013-11-05, 12:47pm
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Bench grinder
drill
drill press
Craftsman cordless rotary tool
saws all
table saw
miter saw
big tool box on wheels
jigsaw
welding unit, probably arc, would not turn down tig
belt sander
orbital sander
planer
Just to mention a few I would take
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Old 2013-11-05, 1:44pm
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An air compressor would be handy for sandblasting beads:

http://www.sears.com/craftsman-3-gal...2&blockType=G2

A number and letter stamping set:

http://www.sears.com/trademark-tools...&blockType=G11

Jewelry pliers:

http://www.sears.com/knipex-5inch-ro...&blockType=G10

All sorts of punches and awls (handy for shaping and embossing hot glass):

http://www.sears.com/tools-hand-tool...=SPM9196841813

I only looked at items that were sold by and fulfilled by Sears 'cause I'm assuming that's what you have to choose. If you aren't limited in this way there are tons of other jewelry making tools on their site.
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Old 2013-11-05, 1:47pm
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calipers, storage cabinets
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thanks for all the great ideas.

many of these I have,
like all the air and power tools. been saving tools about 45 years. nice things about getting old - you do acquire some good stuff.
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Does it have to be Sears? If you already have basic non-glass related stuff, you may be better able to use the $ on tools at one of the glass supply places where you could get a marble mold, grabbers, marver, etc.
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Old 2013-11-05, 8:32pm
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Harbor Freight can really help stretch your tool budget. Plus a welding supply place can hook you up with more mandrels (welding rods cut) than you can use in your lifetime for just a few bucks.

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Old 2013-11-06, 9:20am
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I got my Dremel drill press at Sears and works great for drill holes in glass pieces. Also they have nice metal workshop type of cabinets.
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Old 2013-11-06, 9:58am
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thanks everyone
Yes - it has to be sears.
you guys have given me a many good ideas.
now to go create my wish list.
thanks again.
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Sears tends to a little high on the prices for stainless filler rod or TIG rod for making mandrels.
good luck and tell us what you end up with under the tree.
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I use a "chuck" to remove beads from the mandrel. It makes the removal super easy...love this tool, and I am sure it can be purchased at Sears.
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