METALSMITH SOCIETY BLOG — beginner

WHAT TOOLS TO BUY TO GET STARTED MAKING JEWELRY

Posted by Corkie Bolton on

WHAT TOOLS TO BUY TO GET STARTED MAKING JEWELRY Since Metalsmith Society's creation in early 2018 I have received regular messages from aspiring jewelers who want to know what tools they need to buy to get started. This is a challenging question to answer if I overthink it, so I won't! I will merely make some recommendations to help get your bench set up and hopefully it will help since there are an overwhelming amount of tools out there! These are just suggestions and for every tool I recommend another ten could also be appropriate. All jewelers acquire their tools...

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HOW TO CREATE THE RIGHT SIZE BEZEL FOR YOUR STONE

Posted by Corkie Bolton on

While there is no absolute formula or answer to what size bezel is needed (because there are so many uniquely cut stones) our friend Jessica (  @rosyrevolver ) put together this little step-by-step guide. It includes considerations and techniques which should help you determine the right height for your stone and assure a great fit! 1. Measure the thickness of the stone’s edge. (Digital calipers recommended). 2. Select a commercially available bezel wire with a width that is no more than one millimeter more than the height of your stone’s edge. If commercially unavailable, you can sand down your bezel...

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