Using The Right Tools for Making Silver Jewellery.
Before we begin these are some of the essential tools that you will need to embark on making silver jewellery.
The various types of pliers you will need are:-
Flat nose pliers - Used for holding, bending and forming the silver into various shapes and styles.
Round nosed pliers - essential for creating curves and circles as well as for bending wire. (both the flat nose and round nose silver jewellery pliers can be purchased from this site.)
Half-round pliers - used for bending the silver without making the outside curve.
serrated edge pliers - useful for pulling wire through or making it straight. They can however mark the silver so be careful.
Try to buy the best quality saw you can. The various blades are in different grades. To start with buy a grade 1, 0, or 0/1. The blades generally range up to 4/0.
Needle files to start with are a flat, half-round, oval, and a triangular file.
Large flat file is essential for removing solder from the silver.
Large half-round file. Useful for cleaning the inside of the silver ring shank.
Ball Pien Hammer
An essential item for multi-purpose uses. The hammer can be used to tap or "peen" silver pins, rivets or narrow joints into shape.
When choosing a torch it is wise to find one that can adjust easily from a narrow to a wide flame. For certain tasks, such as reticulation, its handy to have two torches. A hand-held torch and one that is fixed in a position where it is always directed toward the soldering block.
Jewellery items that require soldering ought to be placed on a charcoal block which absorbs the excess flame away from the work bench.
Dish and Borax Cone
For soldering silver it is essential to use a Flux. The cheapest and easiest flux can be produced by rubbing a borax cone into some water in a special dish designed specifically for this purpose.
When soldering two or more pieces together, this wire is useful for holding the pieces together whilst soldering. Always ensure the wire is removed before pickling. Its is also essential for casting.
Titanium Soldering Stick
Many guides fail to mention this vital tool which is used to position an item when it is being soldered or annealed. Since Titanium has a much higher melting point than silver, it is an essential accessory for smooth and trouble free soldering.
A useful tool when using stick solder, for holding pieces of silver together when soldering.
A small vise attached to a bench is an essential item. Not only is it useful for bending but it has so many other uses such as holding the piece during filing.