In this two part series Nancy shows you how to make Chasing and Repoussé tools. Why buy them, when you can custom make your own? This video is full of tips and techniques for anyone interested in learning how to make these tools or how to work with steel. Nancy shows you how to anneal, shape, harden, temper and finish steel chasing and repousse´ tools.
See my companion web page: Finishing Jewelry for more information and 5,000,000 links (well, not that many but… a lot).
Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about finishing jewelry! Really, everything! Nancy shows you how to (safely) Polish, Buff, and Finish your Jewelry with a Buffing Motor (aka Polishing Motor or Bench Buffer) and a Flex Shaft. She discusses different types of compounds including Rouge and Tripoli, and different types of buffs including Muslin, Flannel, and Felt. You will also learn how to fluff your buff!
Nancy also shows you how to polish with a Flex Shaft and discusses Heatless Wheels, Satin Finish Wheels, Grinding Stones, Polishing Pins, Rubberized Abrasive Wheels, Sanding Drums, Micro Polishing Bands, Sanding Discs and more.
This video topic tied for second place in our “Contest with No Prizes”. Thank you so much to my viewers who voted and gave me feedback!
I was wondering if my YouTube subscribers have any particular videos they would like me to make. So I’m asking you: What jewelry tutorial video do you want to see? I want to know what YOU want to know! So please leave me suggestions and write them in the comment section below. Come up with your own idea or pick one of my ideas, and the video topic with the most “votes” (including comments and “likes”) will be the next video we make!
As of 11/26/2012:
Well, the results are in and they were as varied and interesting as you, my dear viewers, are. There was an amazing 42 different categories with multiple variations within those categories. I created basic categories even though some of you offered very specific subjects like: setting a heart shaped stone – in this instance I would record the vote under “Settings”. So, what I figure is that we’ve got lots of videos to make and I better get busy…
Oh, the winner? Ahem..drum roll…..It was a tie, with 14 votes each, between etching and hinge making. Close on their tails (with 13 votes each) was Chasing and Repoussé and Finishing/Polishing. Thank you all so much. I loved reading your ideas and adored your enthusiasm and support. Now, let’s hope you like the videos! Thanks again! Nancy
Here’s the results in order of votes per category:
14: Etching, Hinges
13: Polishing/finishing, Chasing repoussé
11: Harbor Freight
8: Mixed media/found, Enameling – torch
7: Steam punk
6: Settings – Cabs, Metal Clay, Projects, Settings – all shapes
Okay, I’ve got, yet again, another note: In the beginning of the video I say add a 1/4 ring size for comfort – if you were making a non-domed ring, add 1/8 size for comfort. I added 1/4 size because it was tight and I also knew that when I domed the ring it would shrink.
Once again, I apologize for my inability to recall the names of tools, objects and people and for not using a script or a teleprompter!
One more link: I was looking at the Bonny Doon Vertical Vise (http://www.riogrande.com/Product/Bonny-Doon-Vertical-Vise-Bench-Mount/115400?…) and thinking how much I could use it but, I’m cheap and didn’t want to spend 250.00 plus tax and shipping. I found this thing called a pipe vise or bench yoke vise and thought it would probably do fine for holding ring mandrels and bezel mandrels. So, I ordered one. I’ll check it out and let you all know. Here’s a link to one of the more inexpensive ones: I purchased this one: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000CRBHTY/?tag=naltha-20. at 156.00. There are other, less (and more) expensive ones. This Shop-Tek one is only 29.99:http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0056HQ7X6/?tag=naltha-20. The Bonny Doon vise is beautiful and is great with the tools that they have designed for it. I was just looking for a new mandrel holder and thought I’d take a chance. Who knows, might be a return in my future.
Safety in the jewelry studio is very important! This video is full of tips to help you stay safe while you make your art. Some of the topics covered are: first aid, MSDS (material safety data sheets), eye protection, masks, exhaust systems for sanding and buffing, oxygen acetylene and propane tank safety, and fire extinguishers. Remember, safety first!
In this video, Nancy LT Hamilton shows you how to achieve flat, square edges on sheet metal using either sandpaper, files, the guillotine shear, the Wolf Belt Sander or the miter-cutting vise/jig. Included in the video are specific instruction on how to use the miter-cutting vise (available here: http://www.riogrande.com/Search/miter-cutting-vise-jig), as well as instruction on the use of the triangle and the drafting compass. Nancy will also show you how a block of wood and a couple of files can help you obtain 90° angles.