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u/Erra0 · 5 pointsr/jewelrymaking

I'm going to give you a list of resources that have helped me the past couple years get into silversmithing. If you have any more specific questions, let me know!

The Complete Metalsmith by Tim McCreight has been the go to for a number of years. Tons of great information and instruction. -

You'll be buying most of your tools and metals from Rio Grande -

Other websites that have tools/supplies -

There are a ton of youtube channels out there about metalsmithing, but by far my favorite is Soham Harrison's. Tons of videos, easy to follow, does a good job explaining everything.

If you want damn near everything you'll need but a bench and don't mind spending some money up front, Rio Grande's Apprentice Kit is extremely comprehensive. Even if you don't want to order it all in one go, treat the parts list as a goal for what you'll eventually want:

If you want some kits that are much cheaper to get you started, these two will give you almost everything you need to start doing some simple projects. For some reason the soldering kit doesn't actually come with a butane torch, so order that separately: and

u/GreyJeweler · 2 pointsr/jewelrymaking

This book has basic wire work instructions and lots of pictures for inspiration. I’ve had it for a long time and loaned it out to friends, always a hit.

Perfect Match: Earring Designs For Every Occasion

Edit to add - for earring gems/beads check SmallLotGems on Etsy. She sells in small quantities perfect for earrings. Also FabulousRocks on Etsy.

u/JanCumin · 1 pointr/jewelrymaking

> Rockite

Amazing, thanks, you mean this one?

thanks, looks like a great options in the US, but good lord its expensive in the UK, I'll have a look for an alternative here, really want white....

u/DaedalusThePolished · 3 pointsr/jewelrymaking

I do some wire wrapping. Take it from me. The best thing you can do is NOT Get crafting grade tools when looking for cutters etc. Go for the stuff like you would find at home Depot. Here's some of the stuff I've found useful and good quality.

Bail making pliers

Chain nose pliers

Nylon tip pliers

Most times you can get away with regular wire cutters, but I bought a set of mini pliers and flush cutters at home Depot which are great for stuff in tight quarters.

These should get you through most things except long coils.

u/Norwegian-would · 1 pointr/jewelrymaking

Whoops - I purchased this guy yesterday to try it out:

But if I end up liking it, I will get the full tin, as you say.
I guess what I've been doing when I polish is applying the polishing compound on the cloth disk, and giving up instantly as soon as I see that it is turning my pieces grey and cloudy. I'll give it a bit longer this time. Thanks for your reply! All the best.

u/namesofpens · 1 pointr/jewelrymaking

a kit like this would get you started with the main items you need. You will also need brass/copper/sterling sheet metal and/or wire and a metal ring mandrel to make the forms.
You may decide to invest in an acetylene torch, if you do, double check with your states/home insurance rules about having that type of torch in your home. In my state, it voids a home insurance policy if a fire starts in a residential home due to a torch.

Once you move into bezel or prong setting, you may buy bezel wire or make it yourself, same goes for the prongs and prong settings. You will need jewelers files and a flex shat (or small hand-held rotary drill) to help with the polishing and various grits of sandpaper/polishing compounds to get the finish you desire.

This book is a great resource.

u/Lovelyfeathereddinos · 1 pointr/jewelrymaking

That’s the single most informative book I’ve had. Tim mccraight has a little beginner book that’s used a lot too, but it’s less in depth.

If you’re interested in a specific branch of jewelry (enameling? Casting? Stone setting?) there will be books for those too with more info, but Oppi is a good place to start.

u/hammershiller · 3 pointsr/jewelrymaking

It's not that easy to do. Which may be why you don't see much information out there. I more or less adapted techniques for metal to metal inlay from Oppi Untrachts book, Jewelry Concepts and Technology.
This is the only attempt I've made and I would consider it moderately successful at best. It was a collaboration and the lapidary told me the stone was black jade. It was not. So it wasn't really hard enough but you can't quite see the cracks in the picture.
You need a high speed water cooled diamond stone carving tool to cut your desired pattern in the stone with a slight undercut at the edge of the pattern to retain the gold which should be high karat and very soft.

u/SonicPipewrench · 2 pointsr/jewelrymaking

If you are only using butane torches and a pickle pot, you may be able to get away without one, but it is healthier if you use ventilation. You are going to inevitably burn oils and other contaminants and that should not be going into your lungs.

A 200 CFM, 4" duct fan can be used with a dryer hose and a 'vent periscope' box to make a permanent in-window vent system. Add some duct insulation and it won't bleed heat. The basic setup is about $60.

My periscope box installed:

My vent setup:

I'm using Acetylene, and that gives off soot, so I *need* a vent system. I will probably add a stove hood from the remodelling surplus store just for better smoke collection.

u/UsernamesR_Pointless · 2 pointsr/jewelrymaking

A metals class I took had this book on patinas. It’s basically a cookbook for patinas. Super informative if you’re interested in the chemistry behind different techniques.

u/ParkieDude · 2 pointsr/jewelrymaking

A neat little spiral book is The Complete Metalsmith by Tim McCreight It will not cover any of the wood details, but lots of neat tips on the metal working.

u/SandraRosner · 3 pointsr/jewelrymaking

I do sterling silver wire wrapping in a few of my pieces & use these scissors to cut the wire:

These will work well on 22ga & 24ga silver, gold & plated, and though I have 3 pairs (for use in different areas of my studio), they all still work really well after 10 years of use. If you purchased a long chain of pre-made, just use these scissors to cut through a link and add your jump.

(Example of my wire wrapping so you can see how awesome these scissors are at making clean cuts: )

u/LadyDarkKitten · 1 pointr/jewelrymaking

You could always get her a Dremel work station like this one. Then a pair of soft jaw pliers. Why soft jaw pliers? Well it gets her hand away from the cutting/drilling edge, important if she is working with small stones. And the soft jaw wont mar the stones. In addition to that gripping small things when you have arthritis can aggravate the condition, with the pliers it will take longer for her hands to become fatigued.

u/neridah12 · 1 pointr/jewelrymaking

this is the flux I got:
I was trying to solder fine silver bezel wire so I could set a stone, there wasn't any light coming through,
and I was soldering on a charcoal block.
So definitely not big stuff. And no matter what I tried, the solder wouldn't flow.
I bough solder from two different people off amazon and tried the whole range, easy through hard. Nothing.

u/ch0pp3r · 2 pointsr/jewelrymaking

Etruscan Granulation is probably a good place to start. Oppi Untracht's books on jewelry making have chapters on granulation that go into the technical details.

u/ExistentialThreat · 3 pointsr/jewelrymaking

Just a quick amazon search: torch. You want the butane refillable ones. Even the cheap ones will work but don't get the tiny cigarette ones. Harbor Freight (if available in your area) has a cheap one that's around $10.

u/Jacqobat · 1 pointr/jewelrymaking

If you want it to look simiar to this...

Close the loop on the left. Open the loop at the bottom of an earring hook. Place both loops from the earring in the hook loop. Close hook loop.

u/Damn_Dog_Inappropes · 1 pointr/jewelrymaking

I already wear glasses, so I use something like this.

u/fraygul · 6 pointsr/jewelrymaking

It's a ring to close jump rings.


edit to add: It's this thing