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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