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Always make sure you are buying tools from a well established and trusted hardware site. The internet is filled with sites that sell tools today; in fact there are currently around 50 thousand registered sites that sell hardware in this country right now. The vast majority of online tool sellers operate under strict codes which help keep their customers happy and business flowing. There are some hardware stores out there that have not been around for very long, and which might not have the ability to deliver products on time, or which might make frequent errors with the products they sell. Customers that want to make sure they are dealing with reputable online sellers should seek out the sites that have been around for a long period of time. Some online hardware suppliers such as www.sullivanhardware.com, have been open for business for more than a decade and have been providing their clients with an excellent service the whole time. Another place where folks can feel confident about their tools is when they buy at sites that are owned directly by the tool maker. Buying at a large tool maker’s site is one way to be certain that the products will be authentic and the items will all arrive by the date the customer is told they will arrive. The only disadvantage with buying from the factory is that the prices are not going to be the best, as the dealer doesn’t need to match products against the competition’s prices.

You can shop tools online just like any other online product, but be careful to factor in the cost of shipping and handling. There are a great many sites that offer free shipping on tools, but not all of them offer that benefit. Some of the tools that are sold online can be very large and heavy, and once the cost of shipping those tools is factored in, the price can be much higher than initially expected. In some cases the local hardware store might be a better choice when an individual needs to buy a tool that is over 20 pounds. The cost of shipping some items is so high that no matter how low the online seller offers it, the added price of shipping makes buying it from a local seller more cost effective. Sometimes customers can save money on shipping by purchasing their items from online suppliers that are based out of their same state, as the cost of shipping a heavy item is far less expensive when that item doesn’t have to cross state lines.

Just because you purchase a tool online doesn’t mean you shouldn’t receive a guarantee. Any reputable online tool seller will include the same warranty on items bought online as they would if the items were bought from the actual store. Online contracts can be emailed and signed, and are just as safe as contracts signed in person. Online buyers should always find out some safety information about their tool provider, such as the home office location.

If you are looking to get some bling on your wrist but have no cash in hand to buy one, don’t fret! With some materials from a hardware store and the right tools, you will be able to create a very classy bracelet. You will be wearing something that looks pretty upscale without having to worry about expense. Just class and easy work.

First, you will have to gather the needed materials to make your own hardware store bracelet. Go to your local hardware store and pick up the following materials. A spool of 20ga copper wire and another spool of 18ga copper wire, and finally a spool of 20ga brass wire. If you are having a hard time trying to find these materials, try looking at the section that features doorbells and supplies for hanging pictures.

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Once you have the needed materials, you will need to gather the right tools. You may find most of these around your house but you may also need to purchase some of these from the hardware store as well. You can buy some of those tools online, too. First you will use an anvil or a bench block (if you don’t have any, a good smooth chunk of metal will do provided it’s big enough), a regular hammer, wire cutters, pliers that have a nylon tip (you can use regular pliers that are layered in tape, round nose pliers, two pin vises, a ruler, some floral tape, a metal file, cloth for polishing, and a quick-grip clamp.

Now for the steps in making the bracelet:

  • Cut 24” from the 18ga copper wire. Clean and straighten then cut into four pieces of 5”. 4” will be left. Flatten the 5” wires using the hammer and anvil and keep straight. They will become slightly longer. Straighten using nylon pliers. Polish and smooth one end using a file. Now do the same flattening process on the 4” but not as flat as the others.
  • Cut 18” from both copper and brass 20ga wires. Clean and straighten. Twist both together using pin vises.
  • Cut 4” wires from both copper and brass wires and tape the bottom ends using floral tape and keep them straight.
  • Set the wires on the clamp keeping it just by the taped area. Now time to bend the wires. Bend alternating pairs in different directions. One goes forward while the other goes back.
  • Now bend the right set towards the left and make sure they are aligned. Bend the sets that were left towards the other side.
  • Move the set that was bent in a way that they become parallel with the other set.
  • Now remove the wires from the clamp and set them just above the edge. Tighten the clamp.
  • Repeat the steps until all of the wires become woven into a weave. Once weaving cannot anymore be done, remove the whole thing and try to clean out lumps using light hammer strokes.
  • Trim the whole thing to exactly 6” and clean the whole bracelet. If it feels rough, use a file to remove any sharp points and clean it out.