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Setting up a Jewelry Work Bench

Setting up a jewelry work bench

We are going to set a basic jeweler work bench. This is only to cover the basics. As you work your way into the business, you’ll see how you expand it further, as you decide if you would go into general repair, or a more specialized trade.

We need a jeweler bench, Heavy Duty Jewelers Workbench Item Number: 13.071 is ideal,

We also need a chair (item # needed)

The basic tool to start fixing jewelry will be a set of files, pliers, saw frame and some saw blades, solder in 14k 18k ,white and yellow, from soft to harder. We are going to need a drill, jeweler hammer , raw hide mallet , a mandrel , ring sizes, drill bits , and ultrasonic and a steamer, a pickle pot , a container to keep the alcohol and borax, and a buffer .

Ok, we have our bench; we need a drill Foredom #2230 Jewelers Kit Jewelry Making Tool, Item Number: 34.343

This set comes with the basic drills and filing and buffing disk wheel, so we can practice and find out which ones would be of more use to us in the future.

So we can drill so far and cut. Now we need to saw, the Swiss-Made Sawframes - Adjustable Style, Item Number: 49.720

And PIKE Brand Swiss Sawblades,8/0,Per Dz Item Number: 49.440 will provide all the power cut that we may need. Blades are easy to break , so make sure you would not run out of them during a job.

So far we drill, cut and saw, now we need to solder. For that Gentec "Small Torch" Kit with Regulators Item Number: 14.0326 and we need to hold the torch in the bench with Torch Holder with Clamp,6 1/2" Total Item Number: 14.635.

I also recommend a Electronic Torch-Mate Torch Lighter Item Number: 14.204

This torch mate eliminated that need of lighter or matches in the bench, it is well worth the price and never let you down.

So we have the torch. Now we need solder. I recommend to buy solder that is already pre-cut (*). It is the lazy way but at the end it saves us money. So we are going to work in gold and silver , so we need 14k yellow and white solder easy for chains and old jewelry. We also need 14k yellow and white hard solder for rings and new jewelry. To that we add 18 k yellow and white easy solder for chain and old jewelry plus 18 k yellow and white hard solder for new jewelry and rings. I would also order 14k yellow gold ultra easy solder for small chain and delicate work that cannot take much heat. Order your solder pre-cut and plum, that means that it is certified that the karat in the solder is 14k or 18k, not less, I don’t use 10k gold solder. If I am working in a piece that is 10k gold, I use 14k solder. It makes my life easy.

If you start working in silver at the beginning use soft silver solder. Working in silver is a bit different from working in gold. Silver needs to be even heat for the solder runs even, so easy solder would make your job easier, until you have more experience with silver.

We cannot forget Tungsten Pick Item Number: 54.772

To pick up and distribute solder

We need Battern's Self Pickling Hard Soldering Flux,3 oz. Item Number: 54.402, so solder can flow even, a Little Dipper Pickle Pot (16 oz.) Item Number: 45.308 and Sparex Pickling Compound Item Number: 45.127, plus a Copper Tongs 9" Item Number: 57.052, so we will not ruin the pickle solution on the pot.

We are going to need a container that can hold denature alcohol with Griffith Borax Powder Item Number: 22.822

And addition to this tool, we must have an ultrasonic L & R Quantrex Series Q140 Ultrasonic Jewelry Item Number: 23.610 would be the ideal, but you can use one smaller if you must to clean jewelry before and after you have work on it.

You need besides the ultrasonic, a steamer that had the power to remove dirt even in the most intricate parts of a jewelry piece.

The Reimers Cyclone Steamer Item Number: 23.875 has the power and yet it is small can be sit or fit almost anywhere, and since the water supply has to be distilled water, the gallon of water can be put next to its side.

You also need a basket and a tongue (item number needed) to pick up jewelry in the ultrasonic or hold it under the stream of steam from the steamer.

We can use in the beginning our hand drill for cutting drill , file and polish, but if we want to have an even and mirror finish when we polish, we will need a buffer. We can start with a smaller buffer like Foredom Polisher Item Number: 47.107

We will need buffer wheels and polishing compound (item number needed). Eventually we will expand. There are so many type the wheels we can use to give all kinds of finishing on the metal, but for now I suggest to keep it simple.

To repair ring we need a mandrel. If we have only one we will chose one with a grove on it, the grove is to place the stone that a ring may have when we are fixing it or measure its size. Steel Ring Mandrel Stick Grooved & Graduated Item Number: 43.086 and to know the sizes of a costumer finger we need Ring Finger Metal Gauge Sizer Jewelry Tool 1-15 Item Number: 35.274

if you can order two - one for regular rings and other one for wider rings - it will make the difference.

A mallet to help to mold jewelry without leaving deep scratches Premium Rawhide Mallet Hammer for Jewelry or Metal 2oz. Item Number: 37.700

A hammer to size rings Jewelry Tool Goldsmith Ballpein Hammer Item Number: 37.0432

We need to measure gold to know how much to order how thick, how wide, for that we need to order. Jewelry and Watch Micrometer Digital Caliper 100mm 4" Jewelry Tool Item Number: 35.185

Pliers to help with the shank - Ring Bending Jewelry Tool Item Number: 46.0062

And dividers to find the center point of a jewelry piece or to make circles among other things. Jewelry and Watch Caliper Divider 3"Item Number: 35.082

We need files. Eventually and depending on the type of job that you would be doing you would have different choices and preference, but at the beginning I suggest Item Number: 33.896

This bench should have everything that you need to fix a chain , size a ring, repair a bracelet or a brooch, as long as you buy the proper sizing. In the future you want to invest in a roller Combination Rolling Mill Jewelers Tool 90mm Item Number: 28.187 and Tungsten Carbide Drawplate Jewelry Wire Making Shaping Item Number: DRA555.00. As you work progresses , you would realize that you need more tools for specific jobs, special pliers for setting stones for pressing, for cutting, wooden blocks to help shape gold or silver, some Jewelry Casting Crucible, plating equipment, and all the tool and parts that goes with the jewelry trade. This list is to help the beginner in the trade to have an Idea of the material needed d and the cost of the items.

Remember you can always cut cost, and you can always add if the occasion calls for it.

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Needle files
AF Jewelers Needle Files Medium 12 Piece Set
Your Price: $18.95
AF Jewelers Needle Files Medium 12 Piece Set
Medium needle files for working on jewelry or watches. These files will allow you to get into smaller areas that larger files won't reach. Use on making jewelry, designing jewelry, watch repair, jewelry repair and wax carving.
Foredom #2230 Jewelry Kit
Foredom # 2230 SR Series Jewelers Flex Shaft Kit Rotary Tool
Retail Price: $325.00
Your Price: $298.00
Foredom # 2230 SR Series Jewelers Flex Shaft Kit Rotary Tool
Foredom flex-shaft kit is value priced. It includes everything you need to get started with making jewelry, metal work, stone setting, lapidary work, Jewelry design and more. A must have jewelry tool for jewelers.
Jeweler's Workbench
Heavy Duty Jeweler's Workbench
Your Price: $329.00
Heavy Duty Jeweler's Workbench
All-wood jewelers workbench has a full skirt with three drawers for storage & a metal lined catch tray to save precious metal shavings. This jewelers bench is perfect for repairing jewelry, designing jewelry, & watch repair. Perfect for watchmakers too.
Jewelry Making Hand Tool Set Jewelers Repair Kit
Your Price: $199.00
Jewelry Making Hand Tool Set Jewelers Repair Kit
Portable essential jewelry hand tool set includes the tools needed for jewelry making and repair. This money saving kit comes complete with not only quality hand tools for just about any jewelry design, it also includes a tool box that with extra storage
Graduated ring mandrel
Professional Steel Jewelers Ring Mandrel Stick Szs 1-16" Grooved & Graduated USA
Your Price: $29.95
Professional Steel Jewelers Ring Mandrel Stick Szs 1-16" Grooved & Graduated USA
Graduated ring mandrel is an essential tool used for sizing and working on rings. Features a groove on the mandrel for stone setting. Premium ring mandrel constructed of hardened tool steel measures 13" and laser engraved with ring sizes 1-15. Made in USA
L & R Quantrex Series - Q140 Ultrasonic Cleaner 3/4 Gallon Tank
L & R Quantrex Series Q140 Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner 3 quart 3/4 Gallon Tank
Your Price: $399.00
L & R Quantrex Series Q140 Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner 3 quart 3/4 Gallon Tank
The L & R Quantrex Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner is made of stainless steel and includes heater, timer, and drain plug for easy cleaning. Heat along with the ultrasonic, will clean your jewelry better than any other type of jewelry cleaning machine.
Foredom BL Bench Lathe Polisher 1/6HP Motor Jewelry Polishing and Buffing Kit
Retail Price: $260.00
Your Price: $239.00
Foredom BL Bench Lathe Polisher 1/6HP Motor Jewelry Polishing and Buffing Kit
This is an economical Foredom polishing motor that is perfect for all your buffing and jewelry finishing needs. This compact jewelry polishing kit comes with motor, polishing buffs, and compounds.
Torch Holder Clamp
Torch Holder with Clamp for Jewelry Repair
Your Price: $9.95
Torch Holder with Clamp for Jewelry Repair
Attaches directly to your jewelers bench. This handy torch holder will keep you from burning yourself. Simply put your torch in the top. For jewelers, jewelry designers, jewelry repair and watch repair. Holder is 6.5" tall.
Sonic Jewelry Cleaner
Fabulustre Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner 1.5 Pint With Heat and Timer
Your Price: $159.99
Fabulustre Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner 1.5 Pint With Heat and Timer
This high quality, professional Fabulustre Ultrasonic jewelry cleaner is a highly effective jewelry cleaner. Its many features and pre-settings quickly shake foreign particles from the jewelry, for a maximum clean that leaves your jewelry sparkling.
jewelry cleaner
Fabulustre Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner 2 Quart With Heat and Timer
Your Price: $239.00
Fabulustre Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner 2 Quart With Heat and Timer
This high quality, professional Fabulustre Ultrasonic jewelry cleaner is a highly effective jewelry cleaner. Its many features and pre-settings quickly shake foreign particles from the jewelry, for a maximum clean that leaves your jewelry sparkling.
Saw Frame
Swiss Made Jewelers Saw Frame Adjustable Style 2 3/4" Jewelry Tool
Your Price: $17.80
Swiss Made Jewelers Saw Frame Adjustable Style 2 3/4" Jewelry Tool
A jewelers saw frame is a necessary tool to have if you are designing new jewelry pieces. You have the capability to use a variety of different saw blades in the frame. Use it to cut out silver and gold jewelry like pendants, earrings, rings and more.
Jewelry and Watch Micrometer Digital Caliper 100mm 4" Jewelry Tool
Your Price: $32.88
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Jewelry and Watch Micrometer Digital Caliper 100mm 4" Jewelry Tool
Electronic digital caliper jewelry tool. A caliper is a must have tool for any jewelry or watchmaker. Easily measure metals and gemstones, while creating or repairing jewelry or watches. Measure in inches or millimeters.
Little Dipper pickle pot
Lil Pickler Pickle Pot 16 oz. Jewelers Pickler Metalsmiths Acid Bath
Your Price: $16.49
Lil Pickler Pickle Pot 16 oz. Jewelers Pickler Metalsmiths Acid Bath
This Little Pickler Pickle pot is just as effective as other, more expensive pickle pots on the market. It holds 16-20 oz. of liquid, allowing you to clean fire scale and oxidation from your jewelry repairs quickly and easily for sparkling clean jewelry.
Sparex pickling compound
Sparex Pickling Compound 2.5lb Bag
Your Price: $9.50
Sparex Pickling Compound 2.5lb Bag
This pickling compound is just what every jeweler needs to have on hand at their workbench to clean jewelry after jewelry repair work. It easily removes surface oxidization and scale left over from heat exposure. It makes your jewelry sparkle like new.
Copper Tongs
Copper Tongs 9" Jewelry Tool (Curved End)
Your Price: $6.49
Copper Tongs 9" Jewelry Tool (Curved End)
Copper tongs are a must have if you design jewelry or make jewelry. Use them to place pieces in pickle or remove them. Will keep you from contaminating your pickle pot when repairing jewelry, working on prong, soldering and designing jewelry.
Small torch kit
Gentec Small Torch Kit with Regulators for Jewelry Repair
Your Price: $279.00
Gentec Small Torch Kit with Regulators for Jewelry Repair
Special order item. This little torch is perfect for doing small jewelry repair jobs along with making jewelry. Will help you solder jewelry with just enough flame. Design jewelry pieces like earring, pendants, rings and more. Use right at your bench.
Automatic hands free spark igniter
Electronic TorchMate Torch & Soldering Lighter Automatic Hands-free Spark Igniter
Your Price: $29.96
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Electronic TorchMate Torch & Soldering Lighter Automatic Hands-free Spark Igniter
This neat little battery operated lighter will ignite your torch. Don't worry about using matches, fuel lighter or similar. Safe and easy to use.
Jewelers saw blades
PIKE Brand Swiss Saw blades per Dozen
Your Price: Starting at $2.99
PIKE Brand Swiss Saw blades per Dozen
Made in Switzerland, these are the finest jewelers' saw blades available. Manufactured to exacting tolerances for angle, size and cut of each tooth. For cutting all metals and other hard materials. Great for designing and making jewelry.
Griffith Borax Powder 16 oz
Griffith Borax Powder 16oz for Making Soldering & Casting Flux
Your Price: $7.40
Griffith Borax Powder 16oz for Making Soldering & Casting Flux
Griffiths borax powder comes in a 16 oz container. Used to make flux or as a flux with casting.
Jewelry and Watch Caliper
Jewelry and Watch Caliper Divider 3"
Your Price: $12.95
Jewelry and Watch Caliper Divider 3"
A caliper divider is a must have jewelry and watch making tool. It is great for finding the center of jewelry or watch parts. A necessary tool for the jewelry designer. Simply twist the center nut and expand or make smaller.
Jewelry Tool Goldsmith Ballpein Hammer 2 oz
Your Price: $4.95
Jewelry Tool Goldsmith Ballpein Hammer 2 oz
Made of drop-forged steel, mounted on hardwood handles and secured with a metal wedge. Great for jewelry repair and shaping metal. It is also used for direct hammering on metal sheet, wire and soldered forms.
Rawhide Hammer
Premium Rawhide Mallet Hammer for Jewelry or Metal 2oz.
Your Price: $16.95
Premium Rawhide Mallet  Hammer for Jewelry or Metal 2oz.
This 1" rawhide mallet or jewelry hammer is great for working with metals. The rawhide leaves minimal marks when hammering your jewelry design pieces. Great for metal working leather, jewelry, stamping metals and wire work.
Ring Bending Jewelry Tool
Your Price: $16.40
Ring Bending Jewelry Tool
Ring bending pliers are for more then bending rings. Use to shape wire, flat metal, jewelry construction and more. Will help give you a nice curve or bend to your jewelry items.
self pickling flux
Battern's Self Pickling Hard Soldering Flux 3 oz.
Your Price: $4.89
Battern's Self Pickling Hard Soldering Flux 3 oz.
Battern's self pickling flux will help preserve temper and color of metal. You can either brush on, dip or put in a small spray bottle and apply to the metal jewelry that you are going to solder. Use when making jewelry, watch repair, jewelry designing.
Soldering Pick
Tungsten Jewelry Soldering Pick
Your Price: $6.95
Tungsten Jewelry Soldering Pick
Tungsten pick is used to place very small drops of molten solder, right where you need it to be. The solder will not stick to the titanium pick. Handy tool that won't conduct heat, which allows you to use it with solder for jewelry making, watch repair.
Soldering pick
Flexible Soldering Pick With Wood Handle
Your Price: $2.75
Flexible Soldering Pick With Wood Handle
Wood handle soldering pick that is made from a special metal that allows you to bend or shape the tip as needed. This pick can be used for soldering jewelry as well as beading projects.
Saw Blades
PIKE Brand Swiss Saw blades per Gross
Your Price: Starting at $24.95
PIKE Brand Swiss Saw blades per Gross
Made in Switzerland, these are the finest jewelers' saw blades available. Manufactured to exacting tolerances for angle, size and cut of each tooth. For cutting all metals and other hard materials. Great for designing and making jewelry.


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