What are your favorite jewelry making tools?? Looking at my bench now I have many scattered about, but there really are 5 tools that I use all. the. time.
While you can spend hundreds on some really awesome torch systems (like the smith little torch) created specifically for jewelers, just starting out, if your situation is anything like mine was, you don’t have hundreds to throw around. A butane torch, also called a kitchen torch or creme brulee torch, can cost just a bit and will get you far in your jewelry career. Far enough you can eventually purchase one of those fancy pants torches in the future! If you’re a little too nervous of the flame, start small with a pencil torch. It’s ok. That’s what I did until I was ready for a more powerful flame.
Honestly I still use the same pair of pliers I started with way back when… they’re cheap, I’m sure I could do so much better. But I feel like I just got them broke in and they’ve grown on me haha! Get yourself a pair of pliers that work for you. Round nose, flat nose, square nose. If you’re just starting out, I think it’s ok to start cheap. When you’ve made some cash with some of your pieces, then go out and buy a more expensive pair or set of pairs. For your hands, if you struggle with carpel tunnel as I do, a pair with longer handles will give you more leverage and should be less effort for your hands.
3. metal sheers
I’ve only had my metal sheers for about a year now, and I’m so glad I decided to buy them when I did. A good pair will cut straight on both sides of your metal (it won’t pinch off one side). They can also be called German sheers.
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I have one file that I love. I have many files that I look at and rarely use. I found my files on a garage sale binge, kid you not. They’re just a regular metal file, but it makes my silver so smooth, so I always keep it near. You want your finished pieces to be smooth to the touch. No snags. I don’t want snaggy necklaces or earrings or rings, I just wouldn’t wear them. And I definitely don’t want to sell snaggy jewelry, as I love my dear customers.
5. steel block
This tool will save you frustration and time. And it can give your earrings and rings that hammered texture which will set your pieces apart from the rest. Well in reality I guess it doesn’t do it for you, you still have to hammer pound and bang till it looks like you want, but you know.
Bonus #6 ring mandrel
Ok I had to add the ring mandrel in because I use it all the time, and I love it. And it’s not just for rings as you may think. I use mine to form my curvy earwires as well. Works wonders. And will again, be one of those tools you won’t be able to go without once you have it. This is one you want to invest in a steel deal. Get the real thing so you can pound away on it and beat your pieces into beautiful submission!
Leave a comment below and say what you think… what are your top tools you can’t live without?!
May your day be beauty-full!