Graphite Stump Shaper
This was the first tool the Loren designed. In addition to making murrini and sculptural shapes the graphite is especially good to use for setting murrini chips and burnishing foils. Loren had this one made to his exact specifications. The beautiful laser engraved ¾ inch walnut handle is sturdy and the fittings prevent burning and spinning. It has a pewter counterweight and or you can also specify a fitting that will hold a bead as a counterweight. You can also specify an ojime bead made by Loren if you like. The shaper is 2 7/8 inches long, 2 inches wide (which is the normal length of the murrini components that Loren works with). It is cut with a full radius on one side, a tapered radius on the other and a chiseled blade. The graphite blade (opposed to the brass) slides on the glass and tends to not smear detail. The edge is more fragile and requires care to prevent chipping, but it can be resharpened with sanding.