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Bezel Ring

Bezel Ring

Tammy Powley
Anyone who wants to get started making metal jewelry, like the Metal Bezel Box Ring pictured, must first make an investment of a few basic tools. When I enrolled in my first metals class, I was given a list by my instructor of tools and equipment I would need to purchase. Though most metal schools have the large equipment needed for metal work, all metal workers should have their own tool box with their own hand tools. Of course, there is no end to what you can get in the way of tools, but to get started, you’ll need to acquire the basics. The investment you’ll need to make is about $150 - $200 for the following list. However, I still use about 90 percent of the tools I bought for this class. So, if you continue to work in metal, the investment is well worth it.

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