Learn more about the University Tool Kit

Our University Student Jewellery Tool Kit will form the structures of your reputable, day-to-day toolbox that you will pertain to rely upon, day in, day out. We have actually taken the tough work out of this painstaking task by the bringing these products together for you, curriculum authorized, so you have one less thing to worry about when embarking on your new course. Having purchased your stunning and shiny new toolkit, simply what can you make with it? Let me offer you some concepts … This specific toolkit contains all of your essential hand tools; pliers, tweezers, files, snips, scribers and a saw (N.B. you will require to acquire sawblades independently– 972 060). You likewise work hammer and a nylon mallet which indicates basically you can measure, mark out, control, shape, refine and cut sheet metal and wire to make a series of small-scale jewellery and items.

As soon as in a class environment you will have access to blowtorches, which will enable you to start soldering metal together. This opens up an entire new world of possibilities and will enable you to close loops when doing wirework which makes pieces much, much more powerful. You have a borax dish and cone plus some heat resistant blocks consisted of in the set which are both essential for soldering. Nevertheless, if you elegant having your own portable heat source you can buy a portable torch which is ideal for small scale soldering tasks.

Wire is a fantastic starting point as it can be cut with side-cutters and formed with pliers and files which will assist you to get a good feel for how quickly metal can be manipulated. An easy ring like this job by Lorraine Sanderson, is a terrific method to evaluate out those new pliers.

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I still remember making my very first band ring at University using all my new tools. It was such a milestone on my jewellery making journey and one I will always remember. Developing your very first piece of genuine jewellery is such a fantastic feeling and the right tools are absolutely essential to this. Our University Tool Kit will help you to do this without the inconvenience of finding each item separately, so its well worth the investment.

This Hoop Earrings project by Zoe Parry-Evans listed below makes an excellent soldering starting point and can be adapted and altered to suit any taste.

Dealing with sheet metal typically involves sawing which takes time to master. Following a design and sawing in a straight line are some of the first jobs you will find out at University so the more practice you can get the better. When a shape has actually been eliminated, it can be utilized in numerous various methods; earrings, pendants or cufflinks like this Christmas Tree Cufflinks task. It is best to start off with easy shapes and proceed to more complex styles as you increase your ability and self-confidence levels.

Merely mark out a strip of metal using your dividers included in the package, or a steel ruler and scriber. 4-6mm width would suffice.
Then working to the beyond your marked line, attempt to saw a line as straight as possible to eliminate your strip of silver. Let the saw do the work and do not apply too much pressure. Keep in mind, the saw cuts on the down stroke, the upward movement just repositions it.
When eliminated, any rough edges can be smoothed off with a file.
Anneal the metal to make it flexible.
Bend round a mandrel so the 2 edges meet, using a nylon mallet.
Pinching the collaborate and translucented a number of times to guarantee the ends are flush.
Flux the join and use hard solder. Keep the ends securely bound together using binding wire if requirements be.
Heat evenly until the solder runs and tidy in pickling service (which you will have in the workshop).
Fine-tune any rough edges using files and get any marks utilizing emery paper slowly working up the grades from the least expensive to the greatest number.
Finish as needed. This could be utilizing a scratch brush, polishing mops, texturing or hammering.

Another best task to practice your sawing abilities is to make a basic band ring using sheet metal, ideally silver around 0.8 mm thick or above.

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Joanna Varney

Joanna has actually worked in and around the jewellery market for well over 20 years. She has created and created her own pieces as a designer maker, in addition to working in jewellery retail on a much bigger scale, producing styles and NPD for some of the UKs largest high street sellers

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This opens up a whole new world of possibilities and will enable you to close loops when doing wirework which makes pieces much, much more powerful. I still keep in mind making my first band ring at University utilizing all my brand-new tools. It was such a milestone on my jewellery making journey and one I will always keep in mind.

Having purchased your shiny and lovely brand-new toolkit, just what can you make with it? You likewise have a jobbing hammer and a nylon mallet which means essentially you can determine, mark out, manipulate, shape, cut and refine sheet metal and wire to make a range of small-scale jewellery and objects.

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