...when you set up at a show and realize that you've forgotten a critical piece of cuff-making gear.
Like a bracelet bender, or a bench block. And you weep hot tears of maker-ly frustration because you know that now you'll have to take orders for all of your customs instead of making them on-site, and that means eating the shipping fees and people not having instant gratification and it's all your fault.
Yeah, it's happened to us a time or two, and would you like to know why? Because, until yesterday, there was only one Bang-Bang Kit. The Bang-Bang Kit---or the BBK, as I've just dubbed it, having typed it twice and not liked messing around with that hyphen and those nasty capitals this early in the morning---consists of a plastic tote that holds all of the essentials for cuff-crafting. Aluminum blanks, metal stamps, bench block, brick, bracelet bender---what an alliterative craft I practice!--- steel wool, polishing cloths, and a selection of sharpies. I schlepp it back and forth with our gear, and it comes inside when I need it between shows, to build inventory or fill online orders. And therein lies the rub; entirely too often a piece of much-needed equipment is left languishing on the workshop table when I unpack my gear at the next event.
Sean talked me into ordering a second bracelet bender and bench block a few weeks back. I finally got around to making that esteemed purchase late last week, and they landed in my mailbox last night. And there was much rejoicing.