A Beginners Guide on How to Pierce Metal by Christine Pearson

This is an excellent project when learning how to utilize a piercing saw to cut metal. Practice makes best when using a piercing saw, so do not be too disheartened if you break a few blades when you begin. It is crucial to have the blade in the saw correctly, have a comfy posture and saw gently without requiring– the saw will do the work!

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Keeping the saw blade vertical saw gently, following your line. Hold the metal down onto your bench peg– KEEP YOUR FINGERS BEHIND THE BLADE! Move the blade up and down without pushing it versus the metal. The blade will cut the metal on the down stroke. To cut a curve, gradually move the silver on the bench peg as you saw. Do not twist the blade or require, it will break. Rub a little beeswax onto the blade occasionally to stop it sticking. If you get jammed, or go off your line, carefully saw in reverse to return on track.

Originally trained as a Silversmith and Jeweller, BA (Hons) in Leicester, I worked for several years as a Jewellery Designer for a firm producing jewellery in 9ct gold in Worcester. The company produced my styles in their thousands using fly-presses and lost wax casting methods. It was amazing to see my pieces in the large high street jewellery stores.

It may not be recommended for some to utilize your stomach or chest to press the saw frame into the bench peg. As it can trigger bruising or injury for somebody who isnt strong. Instead, press the saw handle using your hands.

Cutting an internal shape.

Recent years found me teaching Resistant Materials in a secondary school and establishing my own workshop back in Leicester. I take pleasure in having the liberty to reveal my own concepts and produce my own work. I work primarily in silver and copper and recently have actually ended up being taken in and fascinated by enamelling. I enjoy the way you can combine the enamel colours in a imaginative and individual way.

I likewise make jewellery for private commissions and teach enamelling and silversmithing workshops to small groups.

Vintage lace and metal punches are utilized to add texture to the silver and copper. I then hand cut the shapes prior to drilling, filing, soldering and assembling my jewellery, all by hand. My silver jewellery is hallmarked in Sheffield.

Choose a basic shape for your style and draw it onto a piece of scrap paper. Cut the paper shape out with scissors.

A bit about me:.

Fine Permanent Pen– Posca Pen 0.7 BlackV Shaped Bench Peg With ClampAdjustable Saw Frame 6 ″ DeepSuper Glardon Vallorbe Jewellers Saw Blades Grade 4/0 Bundle Of 10Beeswax 28g/1oz BlockSterling Silver Sheet 1.00 mm Fully AnnealedImpressart 2 Hole Punch 3.2 mm And 4mm

I utilized a half round needle file and 600 and 1000 grit Wet and Dry documents to smooth my silver pendant prior to polishing on my polishing motor. The silver snake chain and a 5mm jump ring complete the design.


My copper jewellery has layers of vitreous Enamel in different colours added, then fired numerous times, to around 800 *.

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Undo the bottom wingnut on your piercing saw then thread the sawblade through the hole. Make sure the stress is proper again before you start to saw– if the blade is in too loose or too tight it will snap, keep in mind to test by pinging! If you twist the blade while it is in the metal, it will snap– take your time as you saw.

Your posture matters. Sit in a comfy position so you are able to saw without twisting or bending forward too much. You will saw in the V shape gap in your bench peg. Position the metal over the V shape– holding it down strongly with two fingers. Hold the saw vertically and carefully stroke the blade downwards versus the metal to start sawing.

Influenced by nature, and almost anything on the planet around me, I develop individual pieces of wearable art. I utilize subtle textures, simple shapes and strong colours.

Position your paper design template onto your metal and carefully draw around it onto your silver, using a long-term pen. If you slip up carefully clean away the pen with a damp cloth or tissue and redraw your line.

Rest the top of your saw against your bench or bench peg. Loosen up the leading wingnut and insert the blade, check that the teeth in your saw blade are pointing down towards the handle of your saw prior to you tighten up the wingnut. Firmly press the manage of the saw towards the bench peg as you tighten the bottom of the saw blade into the bottom fastening. The blade ought to make a “ping” sound if you pluck it with your finger nail.

Based in my own workshop in Leicester, I am a contemporary Jewellery Designer, operating in Enameled Copper and Sterling Silver.

Put your blade into your saw.

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