One of the biggest mistakes made when buying gifts, is to choose something which simply can’t be used without the addition of another product like for example, a remote-control car without batteries or a colouring book without pens. Jewellery related gifts are no exception and to help prevent the worst from happening, we have put together a list of perfect gift partners to relieve some of the stress from your shopping.
In the simplest of terms, a blow torch will not work without fuel so do not buy one without the other.
If you are buying a gift for someone new to stamping, the punches (irrespective of design), need to be purchased alongside a hammer, which is what inflicts the force to produce the impression. It is possible to use a basic, household hammer, however, Impressart Ergo-angle Stamping Hammer has been specifically designed for the job. The brass end gives a soft blow which minimises bounce and the short handle provides perfect positioning and comfort to produce optimum results. In short, your stampings will be deeper and crisper if you use the correct tools for the job.
It’s no good buying someone (or yourself) a beautiful, new saw frame without also buying the blades that actually do the cutting, so make sure you add a bundle or two to your order. If in doubt, 2/0 is our medium and best-selling size and therefore good place to start, but we also offer selection packs which contain a range of different sizes should that be more suitable.
A new file is a lovely gift and a real treat if you have been using the same one for many years, but you cannot use it without an additional handle. Be sure to tackle this potential issue head on by simply adding a handle or two to your order to prevent any subsequent disappointment.
My final gift suggestion comes as a trio as you will need all three components to make it work. A barrel polisher makes a fabulous Christmas gift for any aspiring jeweller; cutting down on hands-on polishing time, plus the ability to accommodate multiple pieces in each session, makes this a great tool for any busy workshop. But you will need both soap (barrelbrite) and steel shot to complete the kit. This particular shot contains mixed steel shapes so it’s a great multi-purpose choice, which will be ideally suited for detailed work. This is a superb gift that will make you very, very popular with whomever is the lucky recipient!
Written by Joanna Varney
Joanna has worked in and around the jewellery industry for well over 20 years. She has designed and created her own pieces as a designer maker, as well as working in jewellery retail on a much larger scale, producing designs and NPD for some of the UK’s largest high street retailers