Do you have any experience in making jewelry? Do you have interest in creating something people will love and embrace? The art of making jewelry has grown, and many are creating elegant and attractive jewelry. They have come with inventive ways to ensure jewelry lovers are presented with new things every day.
Here is a guide to the art of making jewelry:
Getting the materials
The initial stage would be gathering the items you would use in the whole process. While this may depend on what you want to create, you can start with the following items:
- Saw frame• Sheet metal• Bench pin• Glasses for safety• Wax ( you can use bar soap)• Polishing cloth• Pliers• Sandpaper• Tracing paper or a computer• Wire cutters
It is worth investing in jewelry supplies. Students love creating high-quality jewelry that looks professional, and they are happy with the opportunity. When it comes to the creation of these pieces of jewelry with metal, there is no button to undo, and a detailed plan is essential to ensure production of something attractive. It will help you not to make mistakes and develop what you want.
Create a sketch. Ensure that you use to design and proper scale as you do this. The final one should be done in either a tracing paper or a computer and cut to come up with a template.
If you are a beginner, it may not be easy to cut the metals. It may end up taking much of your time, and the best way for a beginner is to start with something simple such as a paper to create a particular shape. Do not try something complex as it can be overwhelming and you may end up not finishing it.
Prepare to cut
It can be agonizing for someone new in this to cut a small shape. Worse still is when cutting metal. When cutting, ensure you place it close to the edge. If you are designing something with straight age, use a straight edge to help you cut. Use glue and stick the paper template on the metal. The glue will be removed during finishing.
Using jewelry saw
Do not start cutting the metal without learning how to use jewelry saw. During this, you need to wear safety glasses and know how to place the blade on the saw frame. The blade should be tight if it bends cutting may not be successful. The saw should work under minimal pressure.
You should have bench pins which you should attach to the tables. They are helping to ensure you are not cutting through the table. It is wise to use tables that have thick edges ensuring bench pins do not fit. Cut with the edges on the table and be careful with the edge.
To avoid breaking the blade, you can take a break. When laying the metal down ensure the blades are not in the cut to avoid breakage. After loosening one of the blade’s end, you can now pull the blade down and ensure it is free.
Filling the edges
After cutting out the piece, you can now remove the template of the paper. After this, you can rub the glue off and smoothen the ages. Ensure you the filing is in one direction by using jewelry files around the edges. If the movement is in both directions, it is likely to become dull. Create a beveled edge by filing the back and front.
Sand and polishing
If there are some blemishes and scratches ensure you get rid of them. You can begin with 180 grit and continue moving the finer sand ones until you leave the piece looking shiny and smooth. Use a wiping cloth to finish.
At this time, students can now add various elements such as hooks if designing earrings or necklace if making a chain. Use the metal hole to punch and make a hole after the determination of how the piece will hang. You can consider buying jump rings or even make for yourself which is something easy. Making jump rings involves wrapping the wire around a pencil and use wire cutters to cut one at a time. Use the two pliers technique to open the jump rings and also to close.
When working with metals, you need to be patient and continuously practice to get results that are worth your work.