My big find though? A trailer hitch and a c clamp. Look what I put on the side of my bench. This is a poor man's forming stake. All in all it cost me about $10 to put this together instead of the 60 for the bracelet forming mandrel. AWESOME.
The next thing I need to set up is my big torch so that I can anneal metal easier. The micro torch is fantastic for quick projects, but it doesn't quite get things hot enough for heavy gauge wire which only means I hurt my hands. Also I need a sturdier table and... perhaps some more hammers and such.
This is what I've made today --
The neck wire is made out of 10g copper tubing and filled with 12g copper wire which is extremely heavy and thick. It's can be a bear to work with especially after you've spent a ton of time work hardening it with the trailer hitch and a ball peen hammer. I may decide to wear the choker by itself or I might fashion a couple of removable pendants for it. More to come.
Next I played with drilled river stones and riveting to copper. I like them, but I'm not sure if I'm going to keep the stones like that. I love those little earrings. They're nice, swingy and light not to mention incredibly easy to create. I might put something similar on Etsy, but include a little sparkle to them perhaps.