B&D soldering ironWell, after a loooong hiatus, I’m finally back. Note to self: moving + art fair within 2 weeks’ time = very bad idea. Now that the month of craziness is over, I’m back to blogging about all things crafty on a regular basis with updates every Monday, Wednesday, Friday as well as a special weekend edition!

This week’s Object of Lust is something I’ve had my eye on for quite a while. A few months ago, I had a commissioned jewelry project for a friend of my sister. All she wanted was a very simple necklace of 2 swallows kissing. Easy, right? In theory, yes. I searched all over trying to find pendants that would do the trick, and while I finally did find 2 very adorable matching swallows, getting them to “kiss” proved to be nearly impossible. In the end, the necklace turned out ultra-cute, but had I had this little baby in my possession it would have made life that much easier and the necklace match what it looked like in my head.

This soldering iron is the nicest one I’ve seen. It has a few different tips that can be interchanged, which lets you use it for wood, plastic and ceramics as well as for metal. The thing that really drew me in was that it had little gripping clamps right on the base, for those times when you really REALLY wish you had 4 hands. At $36.99, it’s a little on the spendy side, but I still think it would be a worthwhile investment for anyone that makes jewelry or uses metal in any art projects. As for me, it’s going on the ever-growing list of “Art Tools I need But Don’t Have Enough Room In My House For”, but one day, it will be mine.

A few weeks ago, the lovely Ms. E.W. and I were in our favorite local art store looking for supplies for the upcoming art fair we’re participating in. We were wandering around the store looking at canvas when I happened upon what might become the new favorite craft project among us: at-home screenprinting. The Speedball Original Screenprinting kit comes with everything you need to start screenprinting on any solid flat surface you can think of – paper, boxes, wood, even picture frames. It comes with ink, screens, tracing paper, tools, and the oh-so-important instructions that make it incredibly easy to use. Speedball also has an Ultimate kit that gives you more screens and tools, as well as an instructional DVD, and a Fabric screenprinting kit, but for a beginner that has never entered the world of screenprinting, the Original kit is perfect.

dremel-multiproCall me weird all you want, but I cannot stop thinking about how much I want a Dremel. These things are amazing. They do everything – sanding, drilling, cutting, engraving – they even have special Dremels for pumpkin carving! I didn’t realize this before (but I should have, considering how amazing this little thing is) but they have cordless ones now too! Imagine all the things you could do with a cordless Dremel. You could drill a hole on the ceiling if you wanted to! In your car! Outside in your yard! Granted, you will probably never use this outside of your house, but I like to know that if I wanted to, I actually could. I’m saving for an apartment right now with the lovely Ms. E. W. of Heartsexplode, but as soon as we find a place and I can stop living off of Ramen, this little baby will be all mine.