Friday, June 26, 2009

my new favorite tool

my birthday was in may and one of the presents i got was this silicone hot pad in the shape of a monkey. it made me remember a tool my first metalsmithing teacher, barbara crocker, used - a thin square of medical grade silicone that she would lay on her anvil while forming a piece to protect it from getting marred. i've always wanted something like this and thought this cute monkey might do the trick nicely. and it does! it's thin and very flexible. i use it mostly on my bench pin when i am sanding or adding the final texture to a piece. it keeps the surface i have already finished from getting damaged.

oh, yeah, and it's cute.

thanks for reading.

p.s. thanks beckett!

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