Here are few essential tools that you'll need on hand if you're building your new jewelry studio. These are great jewelry tools to get started with and later you can improve/replace them as your needs grow.
Essential Studio Bench Basics
Jewelry Soldering Supplies
These are the basic supplies that you will need at a soldering station:
A flex shaft or rotary tool is not a necessary item when starting out with a new jeweler's bench, however plan for one in the future. After the initial purchases for my studio at home this was the one tool I purchased rather quickly. It will help cut back on the time you spend finishing your work using just files and sandpaper. I found this was a must have tool almost immediately.
If you have purchased a flex shaft or already have a rotary tool, a polishing kit will come in handy. It should include radial brushes, satin finish texturing wheels and silicon polishing cones and wheels.
Note: Don't forget polishing compounds for the silicon products!
Last, but not least, Mill Products
|You won't get very far without stock on hand. Raw metal materials are essential for your bench whether its metal sheet or jewelry wire. I would start out with copper and brass then make your way up to sterling silver and .999 fine silver as your designing and talents improve. These base metals can save you lots of money while you work on your skill sets. One thing I liked to do when I started out, was to begin a project using copper. The final piece could then be completed in sterling silver, if It was something that I wanted to recreate.|
Watch the video! Jewelry Studio Bench Set-Up
Erica is Halstead's resident Jill of All Trades. She has been with the company for 14 years in a variety of departments. Her favorite role by far is what she's doing now as the Jewelry Studio Coordinator. She teaches classes to the Halstead employees on jewelry making and coordinates with guest instructors when they visit.
She has fallen in love with metalsmithing and is excited to share her adventures here on the blog. Erica's top tip for new metalsmiths is: "Practice! Be patient with yourself and have fun with it. Don't be afraid to ask questions. All of us at Halstead enjoy helping people whether it's questions on products or technical help in the studio. We're here for you."
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