The tools you’ll need to craft amazing jewelry at home…

 

There’s a huge number of tools for making jewelry, but my focus is to introduce you to some basic tools that can be used to explore and experience the art form of working with precious metals like sterling silver, and copper.

 

I will surely continue to add to this reference, but I begin with the essentials and will expand the list with each area of study.  As you may have already discovered, I am striving to help you to learn the art-form of crafting jewelry in phases, so that you do not have the need to invest in a vast array of tools all at once.  Hence the tools are arranged under various headings.  So please take note that each additional skill set may (or may not) use some of the tools that are listed above that heading along with those added in that particular segment.

Click on the photo for further details about each tool…

 

Tools for basic assembly:

Basic tools for working with simple copper or silver shapes – creating components to assemble

Image of various jewelry grade metal files
Image of emery paper
Image of 3M Sanding sponges
Slurry coated polishing cloths
Image of Pro-polishing Pads
Image of rubbing alcohol
Image of a graph ruler
Image of a ring clamp
Tabletop Swivel Vise with Rubber Jaw

Basic tools for punching holes…

1.5mm Hole Punch Pliers
Double Metal Hole Punch
Round Bur shown mounted in a pin vise
Image of Euro Power Punch large hole punch

Supplies to oxidize or patina using Liver of Sulfur…

Image of Liver of Sulfur XL Gel
Image of Bar Keepers Friend Soft Cleanser
Image of Nikolas Clear Lacquer #2105
Image of ProtectaClear Clear Coating

Tools for stringing beads: 

Tools for forming with wire: (as well as many of the tools listed above)