Wednesday, January 16, 2008

I Love Tools - Chain Holder

Chain Holder


Just a quick post to show you a chain holder I made to help with my new adventures in jewelry design. Sometimes I need a third or fourth hand to help hold a chain straight to get charms hanging from the right links and in the correct direction. Also, sometimes if I can work with this set up, I do a slight bit less of bending over my desk - anything to save my neck and back is good with me!

I've seen similar set ups commercially made, but you know me, I love to use tools and this was a great excuse to use the power drill.... The bottom board is a piece of scrap wood, the dowel rods are new and the clothes pins I had around. As you can see, there are several holes in the bottom board allowing dowel rod change of position. The trickiest part of the whole assembly was drilling holes into the bottom of the clothes pins to insert and glue the dowel rods into. The clothes pins where stabilized in a vise, but it was still difficult.

Post a comment with link to your hand made beading tools you'd like to share with our readers - we all love learning new tricks!

Thanks for stopping by, Elaine

4 comments:

*melanie* earthenwood studio said...

Thansk Elaine! this is a great idea for photography too!

twylitehope said...

Such an awesome idea!! Thanks for sharing.

Marci said...

That is ingenious!

Cindy Lietz said...

I LOVE it! I have seen a commercial version of your Chain Holder but thought because you couldn't move the posts, that it was very limited. Your design with the adjustable widths is brilliant. Thank you for sharing!