I finally did it, I took the plunge and ordered some metalsmithing tools. After browsing countless websites and local stores I realized that I could only get the bulk of my tools online. $150 later, I will have sufficient tools to do cold joinery. I will not be soldering anything yet due to (very) expensive torches and a smaller than small living space.
I soon hope to be back as a full on metalsmith, but I think I should just wet my feet a bit before diving right into it. My tools should be here by Friday, I am so excited! Now I need to get some sheets of metal to practice on before I just start working with sterling silver. I have gotten a few recommendations from fellow Etsyians on places to by sheet metal and have been busy looking them over. I will be documenting the start up of my newest endeavor so check back often with updates on my (hopeful) progress!