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Bench: Organization


Have two plier racks on your bench. One closer to your bench pin with the pliers you use all the time. Have a second one further away, for example, on the side of your bench top. Keep the rest of your pliers there. Then, when reaching for your pliers, it will be easier to find the one you are looking for.

Bench: Storing tiny drill bits


Tired of loosing those tiny drill bits on you bench top? Here's an easy way to keep your small drills organized and within reach. Place a piece of beeswax along the edge of your bench top and insert your drills, pointed end first, into the wax. When you need them, simply remove from the block and use. As a bonus, the wax film left on the drill will act as a lubricant, making drilling easier and the drill bit last longer.

Files: Clean Files Occasionally


Files need to be cleaned occasionally. Allowing the file teeth to become clogged or collect metal chips, greatly reduces file efficiency. In addition, trapped metal may scratch the work surface. To clean, hold the file by the handle with the tip resting on the bench pin. Then, brush diagonally across the file with a file card (a stiff wire brush with short bristles).

Files: Color Code File Handles


Spray paint the handles of your hand files. Use a different color for each cut. For example, black for #2 cut, red for #4 cut, blue for #6 cut. Then when needed you can quickly find the one you are looking for.

Files: Customise your files


Extend the usefulness of your files by creating "safe" edges on them. Using a large grinding wheel or sanding belt, remove the teeth from one of the cutting edges, leaving a smooth, non-abrasive surface (take care not to overheat your files while grinding). This will enable you to file in tight areas without effecting adjacent surfaces. You can also use this technique to fine-tune files that already have safe edges but the teeth of the cutting edge(s) may extend beyond the safe edge.

Files: Finding the right file


Most of us have a drawer full of loose needle files and it is a real hassle to poke around until you find the one you want. You can save lots of time by going out and getting several jars of colored nail polish. Then color code your files; use red for round, turquoise for triangle, black for flat, etc. Put the color in stripes around the handle indicating the cut of the file: 2 stripes for #2 cut, 4 stripes for #4, etc.

Files: Handles a must


Always mount hand files into handles. Handles offer far more control and safety than just holding onto the un-mounted tang of a file. Needle files have a smooth round tang that doubles as a handle. However, they can be awkward to hold for more than brief periods. It is helpful to fit the file into a larger and more comfortable handle.

Files: No hitting


Files should never hit against each other in storage. This dulls the cutting edges permanently. They should not be thrown into a drawer or kept together in one box. All files should be stored in some kind of rack to protect them from rubbing together.

General: 2 wires are better than 1


When making earrings or any other "two-of-a kind" pieces with wire, you can save yourself considerable time by making both pieces at one time. Just lay your wires side-by-side and tape them together at both ends. Then, use your pliers to work the wires into the desired shape. When you've achieved the result you're looking for, remove the tape and voila! You now have two perfectly matched pieces that took you half the time it would normally have taken.

General: Center of a Circle


They make fancy and expensive gizmos for finding the center of circles, but chances are you already have all you need for that task, sitting on your bench. Grab your dividers and place one point on the circle. Then adjust the opening to what you guess is about the distance to the center. Now scribe a very light arc onto the metal, with one point fixed on the circle. Move the fixed point about 1/3 around the circle and repeat. Then swing the last arc from a point about 2/3 around the circle from the first point, so that you now have 3 arcs coming close to the center. They either overlap closely, miss each other closely or meet in the middle. No matter what the out come it is now very easy to find the center of those arcs, which is the center of the circle.

General: Cleaning Jewelry


Purchase a basket type permanent coffee filter and place in your sink. Then, when draining your ultrasonic cleaner place the drain tube in the coffee filter. Any stones or other small articles will be caught in the filter and not go down the drain. Items with loose stones can also be put in the filter and placed in the ultrasonic cleaner. Then, if any stones fall out they will be caught in the filter rather than dropping to the bottom of the cleaner.

General: Draw Plate


Make certain your metal is completely dry before rolling through a mill or drawing through a draw plate. Any moisture on the metal will be transferred to the rollers or drawplate causing rusting.

General: Dust Collectors


Always use a dust collector on your polishing motor to keep the dust from blowing around the shop. The money received from the refiner will pay for it in a short time.

General: Lost Your Chuck Key?


Constantly misplacing your flexi shaft chuck key? A retractable id badge holder or retractable key chain is the perfect solution to this all-too-common problem. One costs only a few dollars, can be easily secured to your bench top and has a long stainless steel cable with a sturdy locking ring at the end. Simply attach the base to your bench (or any other convenient place) and secure your chuck key with the lock ring. You'll never waste time searching for the key under a pile of tools again.

General: Mini Wood Polishing Points


Placing a section of a bamboo skewers (like you buy in the grocery store) in your flex-shaft can make an excellent wood lap polishing point. File the protruding end to a point, and use your favorite rouge or tripoli. The bamboo skewers are approximately 2.5 mm in diameter, which makes them easy to use in a quick-change handpiece.

General: Picking up small beads


Picking up small beads, like heishi and seed beads, can be difficult. Instead of using your bare fingers, use a rubber finger cot (or surgical gloves) with a small amount of rubber cement applied to the tip. You want to use only enough cement to make it tacky, allowing you to pickup those small items with ease. The cot will protect your fingers from the adhesive and the adhesive will save your beads from being lost.

General: Quenching & Pickling


This is an easy way to keep your hands dry in the studio: poke holes in a clean plastic yogurt container with a hot nail. Place the container in your quenching bowl, and drop small parts into it as soon as they are soldered. Pick up the container with your copper tongs, and submerge it into the pickle. When it's ready, pick it up again with the copper tongs, let it drain, and then submerge it into a vat of clean water. Swirl it around a few moments, then drain the water and pour the parts onto a drying cloth.

General: Small DIY Burnishers


Small burnishers can be made by grinding off the teeth of old needle files and polishing them. Be careful to not over heat the file when grinding as you do not want to remove the temper. These provide nice shape as sizes to get into areas that you cannot reach with polishing wheels. A few strokes of a burnisher will brighten up a small crevice.

Gravers: Sharpening Gravers


When sharpening gravers take your time. Hurrying will only cause the graver to overheat and/or cutting edges to be misalign.

Metal Clay: Keeping it moist


There are few things more disappointing than sitting down at your bench and finding that the lump of metal clay you were about to use has dried-up into an unworkable, useless blob. Keeping your unused PMC or Art Clay moist is much easier with a package of Soil Moist granules from your local garden center and an empty film canister. Place 1 teaspoon of Soil Moist granules into the film canister (or other air-tight container) along with 1 tablespoon of distilled or tap water. Allow the granules to absorb the water, then pour off any excess. To use, simply place your metal clay (wrapped in plastic wrap) into the container. The Soil Moist granules will keep your clay from drying out and prolong its life indefinitely. And when the granules begin to lose their moisture, just add a few drops of water to the container. It's that easy!

Sawing Precious Metals


To saw a straight line, tilt the saw forward slightly. Then, the cut already made will help guide the blade, and it is easier to sight the straight line along the blade. To saw curves, keep the blade perpendicular to the metal. Tilting the saw forward while rounding a curve will pinch the blade causing it to break prematurely. To make a sharp turn, continue the same up and down rhythm without any forward pressure. Then slowly rotate the metal around the moving blade. On each downward stroke, make a slight sideways cut until you reach the new direction.

Sawing: Looking forward to sawing


When sawing through sheet metal, always keep your eyes focused slightly ahead of your saw blade. By looking several millimeters ahead, you will have less of a tendency to make "choppy" corrections when your cut strays. Just like driving a car, you want to pay attention to what's in front of you, instead of what is directly below you at that moment. The result? Smoother curves, straighter lines, and less filing / finishing.

Sawing: Lubrication


When using a jeweler's saw lubricate the blade with bees wax or other wax based lubricants. This will allow the blade to slide through the metal easier making cutting more accurate. Re-lubricate the blade before each cut, and after every inch or so on long cuts.

Sawing: Replace Sawblades


Saw blades do wear out. When teeth are dulled to the point where extra force must be used in cutting, it is best to replace the blade. Extra pressure decreases control; therefore, nothing is gained by this economy.

Sawing: Saw Blades


Saw blades are available in a variety of sizes. A size 14 is the coarsest, and an 8/0 is the finest. A good size for general work on gold is a 2/0 blade. You need to use finer blades for thin sheets of metal. Greater care is needed while sawing with finer blades as they break easily. As a general guide, two teeth of the blade should be in contact with the metal at all times when sawing.

Sawing: Saw Frames


Keep two or three saw frames at your bench with different size sawblades in each one. Color-code the handle with spray paint so that you can easily keep them separate. Then. regardless of the work, you will always have a saw with the proper size blade ready to use.

Sawing: Saw on the waste side


When using a jeweler’s saw, ALWAYS saw on the waste side of the line. Cut as close to the line as possible without cutting into it. It is always better to leave too much metal, which can be removed latter, than to cut away too much metal. With experience, you will be able to cut right along the line with no additional clean up needed when finished.

Solder: Finding pieces of solder


When you first get a new piece of sheet solder, color code it. Use permanent marking pens to completely cover both sides: red for hard, black for medium and blue for easy. Then when you cut snippets you can easily locate them if they drop into your tray as well as identify their melting temperature. The ink disappears without a trace when heated during soldering. Do this on all your solders; color coding wire solder and even tubes of paste solder.

Solder: Soldering a butt joint


When soldering a butt joint on thin metal, it is better to cut the joint on a bevel. This will give you more surface area to solder and will make stronger joint.

Tools: Self Locking Tweezers


Cut a perpendicular notch across the tip of a pair of self-locking soldering tweezers. This will then easily grasp and hold wire, jump rings, earring post, etc. when soldering.

Use the burnisher


Use the burnisher in the same motion as "paring an apple". Rub the burnisher against the collet/setting by smoothing the metal over the stone. Apply moderate to heavy pressure.

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