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« on: December 04, 2012 08:43:49 AM »

I am looking to start making jewelry again. I used to make things with beads, hemp etc. I tried knitting..  I stopped doing that years ago, and I have wanted something to fill my creative void. I took a metalsmithing class in college, about 2 years ago. I think I would really like to learn more about this, and start doing it from home. I have some basic items like files, jewelers saw.. What else should I get to get started? Any tips or tutorials on here? What about using PMC for the pieces? I've never used it before, and the small packs of clay seemed very pricey!
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2013 05:23:15 PM »

you'll need soldering supplies, clamps, polishing stuff, maybe stamps

check your library or bookseller for metalsmithing books.  I just got a good basic one from Amazon,

Metalworking 101 for Beaders: Create Custom Findings, Pendants & Projects (Lark Jewelry Books) [Paperback]
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« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2013 08:57:57 AM »

The Complete Metalsmith, by Tim McCreight, was my manual during my goldsmithing degree, and is still my 'go to' reference.

My advice is to buy the tools as you need them. Someone may tell you that you 'need' a tool, but you end up barely using them.

I started with 4 types of pliers: round nose, needle nose, flat nose, half round nose
You'll need a pair of wire cutters
Get yourself a nice saw frame with 2/0 saw blades (they do break easily. It's not you, just practice)

Slightly more expensive, I use a set of parallel pliers, a pin vise, and a ring mandrel.

My torch is simply a butane culinary torch, or for bigger projects, a propane hardware torch. I've never had a need for a specialized 'jewelry' torch. (Soldering is a skill that takes practice. Watch lots of youtube videos, and don't get discouraged)

These are honestly the tools I use the most often at my bench. I do have some tools that are more specialized, but they've been aquired over the years and I only purchased them as I needed them.

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« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2013 12:42:06 AM »

Yes, definitely buy the tools as you need them, as there are so many different types of things you may need depending on what you are doing - fold forming, cutting, wire work, chainmaille, cold connections, stamping, etc.

There are some nice videos on here for stamping, wirework, metal working, soldering, and the like, some are free.



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