Using the jeweller’s piercing saw can be tricky! However, mastering this tool is an essential step to becoming a successful jewellery designer and maker. The piercing saw is one of the most important tools you have in your tool kit. This one day course is full of tips and tricks to help you to conquer your fears and problems with this pesky tool!
What will we do on the day?
During this day workshop we will have a quick re-cap of the basic principals of using the jeweller’s piercing saw. Often the very basics are forgotten when using all tools. Bad habits creep in quite quickly, especially with any process that can be a struggle. This can be the fundamental difference between success and failure. Therefore this back to basics step is an important part of the process.
Different techniques for the jeweller’s piercing saw
We will then go on to look at other little sawing problems that can throw a big spanner in the works! Several techniques will be looked at during the day. For instance, we will look at successful ways to cut tubing. This is the top blade breaker! Hopefully a look at this in more detail will give you more confidence to use tubing in your designs.
We will look at cutting ‘pairs’ of items. This is an important part of designing with multiple components and earrings. Other techniques covered during the workshop will include – how to saw large areas of sheet, sawing jump rings, cutting sharp corners, what size blade to use, when to anneal, etc.
Using the jeweller’s piercing saw can often be made easier by using specialist tools. We will look at some of these tools in the course of the day.
Additional Bench Skills.
Using the jeweller’s piercing saw will also incorporate additional skills. We will look at the importance of successful marking out. And how to do this easily. Plus a re-cap of drilling, filing and finishing.
We will look at using the saw for cutting other materials, like wood or perspex. This day will also include making a press forming mould and how to use it. Press forming moulds are used for creating three dimensional forms from sheet metal. It is a great additional skill, exclusive to this day.
All the tools needed for this workshop will be provided. Refreshments – including afternoon tea and cake will also be part of the day.
During this class we will make samples as part of the exercises covered. Materials for this will be extra. You will need sheet, wire and tubing. Silver or copper can be used, this will be available to buy from the studio shop. You are welcome to bring your own materials if you have any. Some of the samples may be suitable to be made in to jewellery after the day.
At lunch time
The cafe by the canal is open at weekends and is a great place to go for the lunch break. There’s also a picnic area if you prefer to bring a pack-up weather permitting. Locally we have a Morrisons supermarket nearby where there is also a cafe, cash point, etc. The studio is closed and locked over the lunch break and it is fine to leave any belongings if you wish.
Who can attend?
The jeweller’s piercing saw and bench skills masterclass is open to everyone, from complete beginner through to more advanced. This class is no longer included in the yearly program. It is available to book as a private class @ £330 per day, or by request @ £65 per day. If you are interested in attending by request please contact us to express your interest.