St Patrick’s Day

May the sun always shine on your windowpane, may a rainbow be certain to follow the rain. (Irish Blessing)

 

It’s St Patrick’s Day this weekend which conjures up images of leprechauns, pots of gold and shamrocks.  Well unfortunately we don’t have the leprechauns or the pots of gold but we do have the shamrocks in the shape of our shamrock disc cutter!

If you are planning a St Patrick’s Day celebration with children, these glue spreaders would be great for arts and crafts activities and the vibrant green colour would fit perfectly with the theme.

If you are celebrating St Patrick’s day have a great time and good luck finding the pot of gold, I may just raise a glass of Guinness myself to cheers the leprechauns who guard it!

Thanks for stopping by.

Isobel

PS We have lots of other shaped disc cutters available, follow the link and take a little look.

Steampunk

I found a few bits and pieces in with my beads and trinkets which I thought would be perfect for a Steampunk inspired piece.  Are you a fan of Steampunk?   I have been looking for ideas on Pinterest and Instagram and some of the creations are fabulous.  If you have created anything I’d love to see it.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great week.

Isobel

 

Tool Maintenance

Where do you keep your tools? Do you go for practicality with different compartments for different tools or do you have something a little more unusual.  I store my tools in this old wooden display box, it’s something I’ve had for a long time.  I’m not sure how old it is but it was squirreled away at the bottom of our warehouse on an old pallet from years ago . While it may not be as practical as some of the new metal or plastic tool boxes, I love the wood of the box and the age/history behind it.  If you don’t have separate compartments in your tool box to keep everything neat, the tools may need a little more maintenance to keep them nice and shiny so, if they are all bumping along together in one box, I have put together a little guide for tool cleaning and maintenance.

The biggest problem for most metal tools if they are in contact with any moisture is rust.  If they are very rusty you can soak them in some white distilled vinegar to loosen the rust then use a wire brush, Garryflex block or some steel wool to remove the rest.  Tools you don’t use very often can be stored in a zip lock bag with a silica gel pack.  You get these little gel packs in the packaging of lots of products that you buy and they are great to throw into your tool box to keep your tools moisture free.

Hammers

If the head of your hammer has become dull and dirty, use a piece of unused sandpaper or use a small sanding block or a Garryflex block 120/240 for a few seconds to buff off any dirt and re-shine the head. If the handle is wooden, use a damp cloth to remove any dirt of dust then dry with a clean cloth.

Pliers

Try to keep your pliers clean and dry.  Every so often, use a little oil/WD40 on the pivot point to keep the opening/closing movement smooth.

Mandrels

Clean your mandrel with a soft dry cloth before storing each time you use it and this should prevent any rust occurring however if you do find your mandrel has got some rust on it, you can again use a fine Garryflex to sand it off.  Some people lightly oil their mandrels to keep them free from rust, however, this can get messy and means cleaning the oil off each time before you use it.

Scissors

Don’t put your scissors in the dishwasher or leave the blades wet after cleaning. A great tip for keeping your scissors sharp is to cut some aluminium foil with them.  Wipe the blade clean with a dry cloth, stack about 6 or 7 pieces of foil together and cut through with the scissors.

 

These are just a few tips to help prolong the life of your tools which means you can use your hard earned pennies to buy something different rather than having to continually replace the tools you have already bought.  Do you have any other tips for storing or cleaning your tools, we’d love to pass them on to our community of tool users.  We’d also love to see any unusual toolboxes you may use.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great week.

Isobel

 

The Beast from the East ……

 

 

We are gearing up for some bad weather in the area over the next few days. This is the view from my office window this morning, not quite  the prediced 15cm of snow they are forecasting yet but we are expecting a lot more later this week.  One of the advantages of being based in a village which supplies more than 90% of our workforce is that most of our staff walk to work and can still get here in bad weather. We may be a little chilly and snow-covered when we arrive but we are a dedicated bunch here at Proops and it takes more than a little snow to stop us processing your orders.  Now all we need is the post van to make it through the blizzards!  We will keep you informed if we are notified by our couriers or Royal Mail if there are any delays to deliveries.

If you are in the path of the ‘Beast from the East’ stay safe and warm.  Thanks for stopping by.

Isobel

Egg-Shaped Candles

 

There’s an old saying about not putting all your eggs in one basket, but we think these colourful egg shaped candles all look lovely together in this basket and would make a pretty centre piece or table decoration for Easter.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a lovely week.

Isobel

   

 

PS  The candles in the basket are being used for decoration only.  Never burn a candle on or near anything that can catch fire.

 

A lovely welcome back

 

We have the loveliest customers!!  We always receive such positive feedback and support from the community of crafters, modellers and jewellery makers, etc who buy our products and as well as all the many get well messages I have received, this morning these ‘welcome back to the office’ flowers arrived from two lovely ladies who have supported Proops Brothers for a long time.  They are always generous with their words about our service and products and I have been able to meet both of them at events and they are just as lovely in person!

I am very touched ladies for the flowers and your continued support.  Looking forward to seeing you both at our next event.

Just a little reminder, we have been asked quite a lot recently about postage costs, all standard delivery costs to UK addresses are included in the price, there is no extra VAT or postage costs added at the checkout, the price you see is what you pay.  Delivery charges only apply to next day deliveries on orders placed before 11am and some of the larger items going outwith the UK.

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you all have a great week.

Isobel

From my desk ……..

Thank you for all of your kind messages following my recent hip operation.  I am well on the road to recovery and  am easing myself back into work gradually.

I am excited to be back in the office. With another new shipment of tools due to arrive and ideas for new products, there is lots to do.  I have been spending some of my recovery time looking at trends for the year ahead.  Whilst the fashion for clothing and footwear has gone more feminine and delicate with pencil skirts and kitten heels, the latest trends in jewellery are statement pieces, worn stacked and layered.  Think chunky rings, chain link bracelets of different thickness, pendant necklaces, layered together and big earrings.

We think the best statement you can make is being individual, creating and designing unique pieces which no-one else has.  We’d love to hear about what is currently inspiring you and see some of your designs. You can get in touch by emailing us at proopsbrothers@gmail.com, commenting on the blog or hashtag us on Instagram at #proopsbrothersltd.

We sell lots of jewellery making tools, from mandrels for necklaces, rings and bracelets to stone setting tools, shaping and forming tools and rolling machines.  There’s something for every budget and design idea and with another shipment arriving there will be lots more new products listed soon.  Why not pop over to our website and have a look.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great week and happy creating.

Isobel

Happy Valentines Day ……

“There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved.” George Sand

 

Happy Valentines Day!  I thought Valentines Day was a bit of a made up ‘Hallmark’ holiday, however, it seems people have been giving flowers and chocolates (or keys in Europe, as a symbolic gesture of unlocking their hearts) to celebrate Valentines Day since the 14th century and although it has been hijacked a little by the card companies, isn’t it nice to have a day which celebrates love.

Thanks for stopping by.

Isobel

 

Heart Shaped Candle Mould