Removing Metal in a Hurry The Benhams offer their best tips on choosing the right jeweler’s files for the job, other tools they find helpful when filing, and how to remove metal efficiently. Fine-Cut Files Metalsmiths often experience difficulty generating a long edge that is flat, straight, and square when using traditional jeweler’s files. Contrary […]

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Learning to saw is essential to becoming an accomplished metalworker. Mastering this basic skill expedites the process and eliminates most filing and sanding clean-up. With practice, the saw will be your best friend, a natural extension of your arm and hand. Simple Solutions for Sawing Problems We notice an immediate reluctance from most students when […]

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Bench pins have been around for a long time, probably since the jeweler’s saw* was invented, if not before. (*The idea of saw blades being placed in saw frames under tension, the forerunner of today’s jeweler’s saw frame, originated in ancient Rome, according to Oppi Untracht in his Jewelry Concepts and Technology, oft revered reference […]

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Perhaps the most underrated jewelry tool in a studio is the old-fashioned sandbag, an excellent tool for straightening or forming thin metal sheet. Sandbags are available commercially from most jewelry suppliers these days but they come with a hefty price tag. Instead, many prefer to make their own. It’s a simple process: Cut out two […]

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Modern Materials To The Rescue Until recently, soldering tools weren’t very high tech. Our first soldering pick was made from a section of sharpened coat hanger and most clamping and binding was accomplished using soft iron binding or baling wire. The problem with using iron wire is that silver solder adheres to it, it rusts […]

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Metalsmithing Tools: Bezel Opening Tool

Situations sometime occur when a cabochon breaks or cracks during the setting process or after it’s been set in the bezel. Removing the broken cabochon for replacement is usually problematic and often results in destroying the finding in the process. This puts you right back to the beginning and you must start over, grind a new […]

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Commercially-made, high quality chasing and repoussé tools are now readily available from a number of different suppliers. A quick Google search results in many options ranging from $25 upwards for each individual tool. These prices may cool your enthusiasm about purchasing a complete set. We suggest and encourage you to seek a less expensive pathway […]

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