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 over the years, so you can start with these basics and then order things as you need them!
Pliers are essential. I've owned everything from economy to some really nice ones and my recommendation is invest in a few high quality and they will last a lifetime. These round nose by Tronex will help you form wires, bezels and other elements.
Parallel pliers are amazing for closing rings and other wire elements prior to soldering. Ones like these with nylon jaws will prevent marring. I use mine all the time!
I could keep going and going, however I think this is a decent list to get started! Most items I recommend are linked to Amazon, should you choose to purchase through the link I will get a little something, something. However these items are available at tons of retailers, and shopping local is always nice.
I also suggest checking out my Books Recommendations page, or go to your local library! Watching instructional YouTube videos is also a great way to learn!