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Mandrels

A mandrel is a metalsmithing tool used to size and shape many types of metal and wire. Mandrels are typically used with a vise and a hammer or mallet to properly shape metal for jewelry making. Mandrels come in all different shapes, sizes and...

Hammer Time

Christine A flattening hammer is a large, stationary hammer used for quickly making metal perfectly flat. Factory-made flattening hammers have two disc-shaped, flat steel plates: one stationary and one attached to a spring-loaded shaft. To use them,...

Everything You Need to Know About Jeweler's Saws

Create uniquely shaped components for your jewelry creations by sawing metal sheet. Just follow these tips and tricks to use a jeweler's saw and get the design you want. Jewelry-making starts with the right tools and no jeweler's bench is complete...

Accurate Measuring in Jewelry-Making

There are three main cutters used in metalworking: , and . Flush-cutters are widely used for wireworking projects. This type of cutter will provide a flush or blunt cut exactly where you've made your mark and with little pinch to the wire. You...

Jooltool™ Polishing and Sharpening System

I'm in love with the new tool in my studio--and yes--my other tools are jealous. came into my life a short time ago and it was not love at first sight. Hard to believe, but it's true. It took me some time to warm up to the little fella. He is...

Cold Connections

- Amazingly tiny but mighty and finely engineered screws, washers and nuts in brass and in silver and copper finishes. - These guys are essential when making holes in the materials to be joined as they create holes which allow the passage of the...

Beginner's Guide to Loomwork - Part 2: Basic Terms, Tools and Materials

Now that you've selected a loom, let's talk about the tools and materials you'll need to do some bead weaving with it. But before we do that, here's a review of some basic loomwork terms. Thankfully, because the looms we are dealing with are basic,...

The Right Adhesive for the Job

The subtitle here is a bit misleading I'm afraid. A truly definitive list would have the absolute right answer for every bonding issue we have. Well, this is not quite that but it may come as close as one possibly can in the wacky world of adhesion....

Should You Sleep in Jewelry?

Do you leave your jewelry on when you go to bed? Apparently, according to online forums, many of us do and for various reasons. Most of us have rings that we rarely take off, such as wedding or engagement rings or other rings with lots of...

In the Loupe: All about Jewelry Loupes

Used in the geological and jewelry industries, loupes allow you to closely examine gemological properties, jewelry and more. The most common lenses you’ll come across are: Figuring out where to hold your loupe and object is a bit of trial and error....

Hammers

There is a lot of thought that goes into the construction of a hammer--the weight and shape of the head, the shape and surface of the face, the length and shape of the handle, the material the head and handle are made from as well as the way they...

Easy on the Eyes--Tips to Improve Your Work Area

Whether you bead at the kitchen table or have a totally decked-out jewelry design studio, one of the most important factors affecting the results of your jewelry-making sessions is your ability to comfortably see the design you're working on. Face...

Jewelry for Book Lovers

If book lovers love anything more than books, it's showing their love of books. Another trait of bookworms, we (yes, I include myself) tend to own some volumes that have seen better days, yet we just can't bring ourselves to toss them. There's a...

Selecting the Right Bead Reamer: An Essential Beading Tool for Jewelry Designers

It's been said that a good can be your best friend. A bead reamer is a pointed, round needle file that is used to either smooth the edges of the drill-hole in a bead, or to enlarge or straighten the hole itself. A reamer allows you to use beads...

Take it Off: All About Jewelry Storage

When you take off jewelry, what do you do with it? What should you do with it? Here are some of the ins and outs of jewelry storage that will help keep your favorite pieces looking their best. First of all, jewelry needs to be kept somewhere dry....

Photographic Microscope

See what you're buying. Know what you're selling. Investigate metal gem setting prongs. Inspect gemstone clarity and quality. See maker's marks on vintage jewelry. Read inscriptions. Do it all on the road. View more and show more about the jewelry...

Ergonomics for Beaders

- equipment and practices designed for the human body to prevent injury as well as optimize well-being and performance. As those of us who often get lost in our work sometimes come to realize: beading for long periods of time can cause pain. This...

Beginner's Guide to Loomwork - Part 3: Weaving the Design

In , we covered how to select a loom based on weaving size and features. In , we talked about the tools and materials you'll need to do some bead weaving with the loom. The final part in your entry into the world of loomwork is weaving a design on...

Non-Marring Wire-Wrapping Pliers

There are many specifically designed wireworking pliers available to jewelry artists. The most recent pliers to come across my workbench seem to have been developed by engineers who read the questions received at Ask the Experts, namely, "these...

A Guide to Jewelry-Making Hand Tools

What are the best pliers for jewelry making? What are jewelry pliers used for? Our guide answers questions like these by showing you the most commonly used hand tools for jewelry-making, the work they are designed to do and tips on when to use each...
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