Jewelry Tools (of the trade)

You may remember the Beauty of Spring Freshwater Pearls blog post.

In that post I (briefly) talked about the tools I used to create the Handmade Freshwater Pearl Dragonfly Charm Lariat Necklace (N099) and today, I'd like to expand on them a little more.

The first tool is a steel bench block. It's quite heavy but the perfect base for flattening, laying out or chasing.

The chasing hammer is used to manipulate metal to make it smooth or give it texture. Chasing is a method of decorating metal objects by making indentations with a chasing hammer.

The last tool used in this design was a wig jig. An acrylic square with tiny holes drilled into it. You then stick small pegs into the holes and then twist wire around the pegs to form the shape you desire. There are different wig jig's for different gauges of wire. In my case, I picked this wig jig up at the local store probably around the beginning of when I started jewelry design. I just don't remember having used it, until now. The wire "popped" off the pegs a few times and the pegs popped out of the holes a few times too, but it's really an inexpensive jig.

As I progressed along in the wire-wrapped necklace, I decided the best finishing touch was to create a lariat style hammered loop using these tools. The end result was exactly what I was hoping for and made me want to use these tools on other designs.

In fact, I'm working out a design (in my head) as I type this...hmmm...I'm on to something here. Stay tuned...

So tell me -have you used any of these tools before? If so, how did you like them?

3 comments

The Beading Gem said...

I definitely use all three! Can't do without them - especially the hammer and block.

Miss Val's Creations said...

I would love to try these tools. They really expand your options in jewelry making! It's just a matter of finding extra time to learn new skills.

Crystal Allure Beaded Jewelry said...

I can see how many of your designs would use these tools Pearl -their beautiful!

Miss Val -I had my wigjig for oh, at least, 4-5 years before I picked it up and used it. And I agree about needing the time to learn the technique. I get new tools because I DO want to use them and incorporate them, but then it's the learning curve.