I got my new flex shaft this last week. A flex shaft is a tool that you use when you want to polish or sand or remove metal from your jewelry. It has a motor that hangs and a flexible shaft that spins whatever bit you put in the handle part. It's rather like a dentist drill! You can barely see it here - my poor little studio is so crowded. The motor is on the upper right in the photo.
I also bought a dust collection system for when I use the flex shaft. I had trouble back when I was using a Dremel tool with inhaling all of the dust it kicks up.
My studio space is now way, way, way too crowded! I have to shuffle tools around when I need them. I'm also still sewing in the same space. So guess what? We've decided to build me a real studio! We will build as soon as we can dig in the ground. It will go off the back of the garage and will be about 16 x 10 feet. It will be solely dedicated to metal work. Digging in the ground will probably be an issue for another month. Here's what it looks like outside. They've predicted 4 to 8 inches of snow again today!