TOOLS NEEDED TO MAKE JEWELERY
As mentioned in previous discussion, making jewellerry is a profession or hobby of millions worldwide. They have something in common whether they are creating a personal design or a professional one. Tools of the trade are needed to make jewellery, in addition depending on the type of jewellery being made , specific tools for different kind of jewellery projects are also needed. Tools for making a metal ring for example will differ from what is used to make a beaded necklace.
First, jewellers will have a specific work area routinely called their bench, where they store their tools and work on their craft. This area can be a table, a desk or any kind of counter where they primarily work. Since working with jewellery means handling small items there is usually a magnifier. This is a movable large magnifying glass on a bolted down arm that you can move into position as needed. The arm is much like that of a hinged arm desk lamp. Some jewellers prefer to wear magnifying head goggles or even a single magnifier that fits over one eye. Any are fine but one of them or a combination if desired is essential because imitation jewellery making is such precision work.
Wire Looping and Rounded Nosed Pliers For metal working a lead square or little blacksmith’s iron is suggested. This gives a non-yielding hard surface against metals can be hammered out. Doing this on a gentler surface outcomes in uneven pieces. Some of the time the whole work surface is made of lead which implies a particular iron block is superfluous. A unique ruler is utilized to quantify the thickness of the metals amid the procedure. A question called a seat stick is another sort of help surface. It is utilized when sawing or filling gems parts. This seat stick is likewise required when cutting pieces. Braces hold the things to each particular apparatus.
Hand held tools are the meat and potatoes of jewellery making. Hammers are used for pounding the metal into the desired thickness. A good hammer like the ball peen hammer which is specifically made to work with metal is best. There are other hammers and metal working mallets to choose from for different jewellery. A wooden mallet is also used when a much gentler impact is required.
Another must have hand tool are the pliers. There are many kinds for specific uses.
Nylon Tipped Pliers
Make wires straight with these or use when working with very delicate wires. The nylon is replaceable and keeps the jewellery wire from being damaged.
These securely keep clasps and wires together.
Chain Nosed Pliers
This type has pointed jaws and you can hold on to pieces better with them than your fingers. It is one type you can’t do without when fashioning jewellery.
Wire Looping and Rounded Nosed Pliers
Both are used for looping wires more easily.
Wires often need trimmed or cut by cutters. The two main types are the flush cutter and the bevel cutter. A flat wire surface result from the flush cutter and the bevel accomplishes an angled cut in the wire.
There is a plethora of other tools too. For example, a soldering iron to meld metals together and a scriber which makes lines and designs on metal. Other miscellaneous things like ring sizes, polishers and drills are used. Many professional bench jewellers have a tool somewhat like a dental drill. But instead of attaching dental burs to the drill head there are assorted rubber polishers and bits to further refine the piece being made. Home hobbyists don’t need something on that scale but one can purchase smaller versions of such a tool at hobby shops if desired.
If your creative projects include beading then needles are used. A flexible needle is used once and then discarded. As the name suggests they bend can be used on curved or tight spaces in beads. A rigid needle is like a sewing needle, non-bendable and fits through the holes of smaller beads. Beading thread comes in different strengths and sizes. Tweezers make it easier to tie knots in the thread or hold onto it.
A ruler is important to size your beads and make sure they are correct for your piece. Keep a supply of glue as well for gluing small knots or beads to keep them in place when working. Only use a very small dab and one that is not permanent. Some beaders swear by beading boards that keep beads secured as they work. It’s really a matter of personal preference. Beads come in thousands of types, sizes and colors so you can make a wide variety of necklaces, bracelets, rings or earrings.
While not technically a tool, an organizer to keep all your chains and small items and jewellery tools together is vital. Otherwise it will take forever to find what you need if everything is just heaped together.
Another item not officially a tool but very helpful are books and Jewellery online store trends come and go, however styles really can’t be numbered. Each world culture shows up in various designs. Books keep you learning and help develop the craft.
It may seem you need a lot of tools to make jewellery especially if it is just a hobby. As you evolve as a jewellery maker you will learn which ones you truly need and which is a matter of preference no matter what level of jewellery creation you perform.