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Jan
21

Griffin Reviews the Best Plasma Cutters for Making Jewelry & More

Jewelry making has greatly benefitted from the advancements made in plasma cutting technology, allowing professionals and enthusiasts alike to take advantage of portable plasma cutters that can fit nearly any budget. Available in a multitude of sizes and shapes, the current models of plasma cutters are more affordable and have been manufactured to assist DIYers, artists and hobbyists with their cutting needs. Plasma cutting machines cut through different types of metal using plasma, an intensely heated ionized gas. These machines can cut various shapes and designs to create metal art, cut rough sheets of metal, and are highly valued on construction sites. These days, plasma cutting machines are the go-to method because of their reduced costs and the quality of the cut they produce.

 

There are several factors that go into determining the quality and effectiveness of a plasma cutting machine and should be adhered to before a purchase. Plasma cutters may or may not have an inverter, which can dramatically change the price. Power specs also must be taken into consideration depending on the speed and precision of the cuts you desire. Plasma cutters that offer dual voltage offer more capabilities but are costlier. The following list is comprised of the plasma cutting machines that are the best available on the market today for cutting jewelry and more.

 

Lotos LTP5000D

Besides being one of the most affordable plasma cutters available on the market today, the Lotos LTP5000D boasts quality, precise cuts and is easy to use. These qualities make it perfect for hobbyists and for minimal cutting as it is lightweight, portable, and has small dimensions. During testing, the Lotos LTP5000D performed admirably, easily cutting stainless steel, alloy steel, aluminum, copper, and more. It also comes equipped with a pilot arc, enabling the machine to cut through rusted materials with ease. The Lotos LTP5000D also is able to smoothly cut thin metals as well as thicker metals, thanks to its advanced MOSFET transistor inverter technology. One disadvantage to this cutter is that there is 110-volt pigtail available and it must be purchased separately. In terms of value and power, however, the LTP5000D is definitely one of the best plasma cutters on the market and offers more versatility than most cutters today. For more information on this plasma cutter and others, reviews can be found on this page.

 

Lotos LT5000D

Offering arguably the best value of any machine on the market today, another Lotos product, the LT5000D, makes an excellent plasma cutter for DIYers and light welding tasks. With a dual-voltage unit that sets up easily, it is able to cut through nearly any metal, making it a handy option. Another advantage to the Lotos LT5000D is its portability, ruggedness, and lightweight, making it ideal for work under harsher climates or locales. Consumables tended to last longer with this machine, making it an efficient cost saver compared to other machines. Where the Lotos LT5000D receives lower marks is with the issue of power plugs which must be purchased separately, and the absence of a pilot arc, which means painted metals won’t fare as well. The Lotos LT5000D is definitely a cost-effective option for plasma cutters available on the market currently and a nearly perfect match for hobbyists and DIYers.

 

Ramsond CUT 50DY

In terms of sheer quality, one of the best plasma cutters around is the Ramsond CUT 50DY. Whether cutting through copper, brass, alloy steel, carbon steel, stainless steel, aluminum plate and more, it was able to cut smoothly through them all easily. The Ramsond CUT 50DY is not only a great option for the hobbyist and DIYer, but it is a plasma cutting machine that professionals also utilize for industrial projects. Boasting a 1” severance thickness and ¾” cutting thickness, the Ramsond CUT 50DY is capable of cutting through thicker materials handily, and it also has a built-in air pressure gauge as well as digital display. One downside to the Ramsond CUT 50DY is that the ceramic consumables mandate changing them out once in awhile. The power that this plasma cutting machine offers, however, is beyond what other brands offer, making it an exceptional product for any project. There is a wealth of information on the best plasma cutters for beginners that can be found on several sites.

Jan
20

The Top Tools You Need to Make Jewelry

 

If you’re ready to start making jewelry but unsure of where to start, it is important to ask the pertinent questions necessary before investing in equipment. With so many options available for making jewelry, the following list enables you to gain insight into the absolute essentials to jewelry equipment.

 

  1. Flat Nose Pliers

Of all jewelry equipment, flat nose pliers are an absolute necessity to add to your jewelry toolbox. Pliers help open jump rings, finish wire-wrapped ends, and a whole lot more! Depending on your budget, opt for two pairs of pliers and look for the types that feature a smooth surface between jaws.

 

  1. Round Nose Pliers

 

These pliers assist in creating hoops and loops, clasps, jump rings, and more. When you want jewelry that bends and curves beautifully, round nose pliers are a definite must to add to your jewelry toolbox.

 

  1. Nylon Tipped Pliers

For novice jewelry designers, it may take time to learn how to remove the kinks from your designs to bend the wire effectively for wire wrapping. Without the aid of nylon tipped pliers, it can be almost impossible to get those out. By using nylon tipped pliers, it is easy to grab an end of the wire, grip firmly with the pliers, and then easily pull the wire through. Now, that same piece is reusable.

 

  1. Wire Cutters

 

Buying wire cutters is an investment that will ultimately pay off at the end of the day. Although there are cheap options available, buying a good pair will last you for years. For quality jewelry, opt for quality wire cutters.

 

  1. Toenail Clippers

As a substitute for wire cutters, toenail clippers can also be used to cut wire and for a nominal price!

 

  1. Practice Material

 

For the novice jewelry designers, it is recommended to use material that is not as expensive until you master the process. For example, use copper wire first before moving on to gold or silver.

 

  1. Ruler

Investing in a graphing ruler is an absolute must and will make creating your jewelry that much easier.

 

  1. Plasma Cutter

 

In order to create jewelry with a bit more precision, a good plasma cutter is definitely a tool to add to your collection.

 

  1. Your Imagination

There is nothing more important to bring to the table than your own creativity. Being able to take what you envision into an actual piece of jewelry takes an artistic mind that thinks outside the box. The more you learn about jewelry making, the easier it will be for you to solve problems by thinking of the various ways by which you can create the look you want to achieve. Learning a new skill always takes a bit of time, but once you learn the basics, you will be well on your way!

Jan
19

FAQs by Griffin: What is Steampunk?

 

What is Steampunk?

Considered a subgenre of science fiction/fantasy, steampunk takes its inspiration from the steam-powered machinery of the 19th century industrial movement by utilizing the technology and aesthetics from the era. Steampunk often is depicted during the British Victorian era, the Wild West of Americana, and sometimes post-apocalyptic or dystopian futures, which is sometimes referred to as neo-Victorian.  

The steampunk aesthetic was conceived by people during the 19th century that turned their theories on the future of fashion, architecture, culture into a unique perspective. Notable names featured from the steampunk movement include H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, and Stephen Hunt. The genre also incorporates distinct elements of horror, historical fiction, fantasy, and other branches of fiction, with many referring to it as a hybrid genre. The first known reference of the term was 1987 and there are many fine art pieces that have been credited to the genre, including Remedios Varo’s paintings, which merge Victorian fashion and fantasy imagery.

Steampunk first appeared in written works in modern times with Paul Di Filippo’s 1995 Steampunk Trilogy, which incorporated a fantasy setting where Queen Victoria was reimagined as a human clone. In films, Walt Disney is often credited with incorporating the genre into several productions, including 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, The Time Machine, and in several of their current theme parks: Tokyo’s Disney Sea, and Disneyland Paris’ Discoveryland. In architecture, France features aspects of steampunk in their Parisian metro station – the ‘Arts et Metiers’ is renown for its steampunk aesthetic.

 

Steampunk in Fashion

In the fashion world, the steampunk aesthetic has no general rules but generally incorporates style guidelines used during the Victorian era, including corsets, waistcoats, bustles, top hats, and military ensembles. In modern times, steampunk has evolved to include technological accessories such as cell phones, flying goggles, ray guns, gas masks, and other advancements of the 21st century. The Lolita look, goth subculture, and high-end couture all have elements of steampunk featured and several major fashion brands (Christian Dior, Prada, Versace, Chanel) have introduced the look on their runway collections.

 

Music

 

In the music world, steampunk has a broad definition and encompasses several genres of music, including folk rock, opera, hip hop, EDM, and big band music. One of the common themes musically is mixing in classic Victoria sounds and elements from the 19th century.

 

Alternative Worlds

 

The fantasy aspects of steampunk have elevated with the advances in technology and are fully represented in computer games, with Skies of Arcadia, and the wildly popular World of Warcraft creating societies and spawning trends that have been adopted and embraced worldwide. These hypothetical futures are considered hallmarks of steampunk and represent the ever-evolving sub genres of steampunk in the modern world.

 

Culture


As it grows in popularity, the steampunk movement has evolved into a lifestyle adopted by many adults and encompasses the fashion, architecture, and other aspects associated with it. At its best, steampunk is considered a combination of Victorian aesthetics and modern technological advances.