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Tools of the Trade

Making jewelry takes a lot of time, a lot of skill, and a ton of tools. Sometimes, even the most simple-looking pieces of jewelry take complex construction techniques and tools. To make a pair of silver hammered hoop earrings, the wire must be cut, soldered, filed, sanded, shaped into a hoop, hammered for texture, polished and finally cleaned–twice. Take a look at some of the jeweler’s tools below.

Acetylene Tank Acetylene Tank-used for soldering and casting.

 

Alcohol Lamp Alcohol Lamp-heats tools for carving wax.


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