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Jerry's Basic Jewelry Bench-work 1

bench·work

ˈbenCHˌwərk/

noun: benchwork
1. work carried out at a bench in a laboratory or workshop.

The first in a long line of instructional video's on YouTube. This first one is a short introduction to myself and the videos I hope to do. I would like you to print out the first handout and keep it where you can see it. Either hang it up near where you work or put it in the cover of a 3 ring binder.

The video "Jerry's Basic Jewelry Bench-work 1" is available on YouTube at this link: Jerry's Basic Jewelry Benchwork 1

Handouts for the first video. Handout 1

Jerry's Basic Jewelry Bench-work 2

The second video was to be about setting up your bench and a basic set of tools you will need but due to a comment from a friend of mine, I have already gone off topic. This shows that everyone has something new to learn! ☺ Lets just chalk this one up to being an artist, ok?

The video "Jerry's Basic Jewelry Bench-work 2, Using a mouth-pipe to solder" is available on YouTube at this link: Jerry's Basic Jewelry Benchwork 2, Using a mouth-pipe to solder


Close up picture of the jump-rings I was soldering. A friend suggested I show a still image of the small items I was trying to show in the video. Th large ring at the top was my first try and it is polished. The other rings are the ones I were soldering in the video and are soldered & pickled but not polished. If you look very closely at the space on the penny just in front of Lincoln's nose, you will see 3 pillions of solder. Each ring only required one pillion to solder closed. Picture of jump-rings

Handouts for the second video. Flux recipes. Handout 2

Jerry's Basic Jewelry Bench-work 3

Tightening gemstones is something you will do all of the time as a jeweler. This is a quick short video that show just the basics of Tightening gemstones in rings. I will add additional information and handouts soon!

The video entitled "Tightening Gemstones" is available on YouTube at this address: http://youtu.be/Lc7s3mSD464

Jerry's Basic Jewelry Bench-work 4

If you are a historical reenactor, making aiglets can be hard to do if you have never done it. This video will show you how to take a flat piece of brass and form a completed aiglet. If you want more information, I have a page that is all about aiglets. Aiglets

The video entitled "Making Aiglets" is available on YouTube at this address: http://youtu.be/yq9wke1Ot5s


Jerry's Basic Jewelry Bench-work 5

If you are a historical reenactor, making aiglets can be hard to do if you have never done it. This video will show you how to take a flat piece of brass and form a completed aiglet. If you want more information, I have a page that is all about aiglets. Aiglets

The video entitled "Making Aiglets" is available on YouTube at this address: http://youtu.be/yq9wke1Ot5s


Sizing a ring

This video is very long! It shows all of the steps in sizing a ring. As a professional jeweler you should be able to do this job; start to finish, in 12 minutes.

The video entitled "Sizing a Ring" is available on YouTube at this address: http://youtube/89S01ISW3FI


Tools To Start With

This is a bit of a stand-alone handout. To get started you need tools. but to know what to get you need to know what you need. So here is a short description of what I think you need to get started. Tools To Start With


Serrated Bezel tool

So I had this old tool just sitting around. I had no idea what it was for. Because it was making me a bit crazy not being able to ID what it was for, I wrote the following post on te Ganoksin message boards.

gerald livings
Monday, May 19, 2014
So back when I was just learning to make jewelry I was getting lessons in a shop and the owner had one of these sitting on a bench. It was a block of metal with a section cut out so you can see the long bolt that screws almost the entire length with a very long handle. The bolt has a curving section cut out of it.
Years later I visited the shop of another jeweler for a job interview and he had one of these sitting in his shop also.
And to top it all off, a few years ago I buy the shop of an amateur jeweler and stone cutter who was retiring and moving to AZ. In the bottom of a box of random items I found this! It is driving me crazy! what is it and what is it used for? I have never seen one in a catalog ever. Any help would be appreciated.
http://www.ganoksin.com/ftp/20140516_230632.jpg
http://www.ganoksin.com/ftp/20140516_230607.jpg
Thanks!
Gerald Livings, Livingston Jewelers

It only took a short time for someone to tell me what it was for. It makes a serated edge on silver bezel wire! The reason that I did not know what it was for is most likely due to the fact that I live in the upper mid-west and serrated bezel is not used very often here. So please enjoy the pictures below.