I’ve enjoyed my silver smithing class so much that I think I’m going to have to arrange a permanent setup for it at home. I’m thinking a little spot at the end of our tiny garage, but there will need to be some serious organisation/ebay-ing going on in there before that happens. I’ll let you know how it goes, maybe a before and after of the setup?
My tool collection is growing…
- Set of needle files (for filing in tricky places)
- Rawhide hammer (for shaping rings around a mandrel)
- Micro torch (for light soldering work)
- Insulated cross lock tweezers (for holding pieces while soldering)
- Jewellers saw (for… sawing things)
- Saw lubricant (better for the saw, better for the result)
- Chasing hammer (Can be used for flattening, riveting and texturing)
- Two half round files: a 0 and a 2 cut (we all know what files do right?)
- A beautiful, Italian made ring mandrel that I justified buying because the cheaper option had no ring size markings
- Round nose pliers for bending things, usually wire, into a rounded shape.
- Sanding sticks… actually they are paint stirrers from a hardware store, but they have that great little ergonomic dip on either side which makes them great to use. Each stick is covered in a different grade of wet and dry. When I wear it down, I just rip off that side and I have a fresh strip of it!
- Bench pin: This is what I use to stabilise my pieces when I’m working on them
Y’know, there are few more pieces of equipment that are not in this pic. Some pretty crucial ones actually! So I’ll mention them now, but maybe they’ll make an appearance in my before and after setup post? They are:
- A ceramic tile
- Magnesia soldering block
- Cutting compound
- Polishing compound for giving things a nice buffed finished
- Polishing cloth
- A Dremel drill! I can’t wait to polish up Ivy’s ring (with it’s tiny, hard to get at spots) using this , but I’ll need to go and buy a few new bits for it first. (Must do a WIP post for that!)
I’ll let you know how the setup goes!