A chronicle of the meanderings, false starts (which in retrospect, while sort of embarrassing turned out to be highly instructive), epiphanies, selective apathy (still evolving), wild mood swings, opinions (subject to frequent change), and life lessons of an inveterate dabbler (and her latest dabblings).

Monday, December 14, 2009

My Best Inanimate Friend

This is my beloved little mini vise. I call him Hermann. Hermann
fits in my purse better than a chihuahua. It's $7.99 at Jewelry Supply. (How many people can say they have a vise in their purse? Or eggs?)

Here is a picture of Hermann in action, holding a pendant ready to be wrapped with wire.

Hermann really is MINI. The opening only goes to 1 and 1/4", and the table top you see (it's one of those cheapie laminate desks from Staples) is pretty thin and that's about the limit for that vise, it won't fit on a heavier table top. And as you can see, it isn't very deep either--the pendant that's pictured there is pushed all the way down and that's as far as it goes. For larger items you would need a bigger vise. But I've never found I needed anything bigger for jewelry. Best $8 I ever spent. It's amazing how much better my wrapping turns out when I have TWO hands free--I can use one hand to hold the loop at the top steady so it doesn't twist when I start wrapping, and I can use the other hand to wrap the wire. I can wrap a briolette or pendant really fast with Hermann. With no cussing.


  1. No cussing? Kind of takes the fun out of it. But seriously, this is a very cool tool. I can think of all sorts of ways to use it.

  2. That is one seriously powerful friend! I love that you have a name for him...and that you carry him in your purse!
    I have never seen that but I bet it would be hand-y...get it?
    Enjoy the day!

  3. Oooh...I was just deciding that I need a vice or clamp to hold things while I do some metal stamping. Thanks for the tip!!

  4. Hey - you have a named, inanimate friend too! Yay! Every artist needs one. They always agree with you. They're like yes-men but less annoying.
    I have mannequin called Zara. (Actually I just blogged about her.) My brother has a computer called Zoe. That's why I called my mannequin Zara: I wanted it to begin with Z, like Zoe. One has the brains and one has the body.