How To Start Your Jeweller’s Bench at Home

How To Start Your Jeweller’s Bench at Home

Silver Works tutor, Steph shares her advice for starting your jeweller’s bench at home.

I feel like no matter where you start you end up becoming a collector of jewellery tools. You get a bit obsessed with each one and it never ends. 

There are so many different bits and bobs you can get for your bench. You generally become a bit of a maverick when you don’t have something you need. I never thought wire hangers would come in handy for so many things, Soldering picks or a makeshift hanging rail for my pliers. 

So where to start then? Let’s start with the basics 

The most important tools for your Jeweller’s Bench are your piercing saw and your bench peg.

You can keep these pretty simple to start and upgrade as you go.  With your saw frame, there are some absolutely beautiful hand saws out there to pick from, like the ones from Greenlion Jewellers.

I started with a pretty basic saw frame and it has done me so well for the past few years. 

Make your own

Saw Blade 2/0 are a great start for beginners. I don’t know how many I broke when I first started piercing so don’t get disheartened. It’s extremely annoying but you get used to the strength and how far you can push a blade before it breaks.

Make your own

When I was choosing a bench peg I didn’t have a full scale bench so I really needed something I could put anywhere I needed to work. I went through a few at first as they would end up moving around a lot ( absolutely nightmare) , you do end up putting a lot of pressure on your bench peg so ideally you want something that won’t budge. 

I found this one great to work with and the cast iron anvil is such a plus.

Make your own

We hope this introduction to the basic tools needed to start your own work bench at home has sparked an interest in creating your own. 

Thanks,

The Silver Works Team (1)

 

Day One of our recent Weekend Improvers Class

Day One of our recent Weekend Improvers Class

Recently we decided to run an intensive two-day version of our (usually 5 weeks) Improvers jewellery making course.

Like the 5 week version, the emphasis of this class is on taking your EXISTING jewellery making skills to the next level and working with our expert tutors to practice and develop these skills while also learning new techniques too.

As pictured below, on Day 1 the focus is on making a chain bracelet and setting a faceted (diamond cut) stone. You learn how to make the hook and eye clasp for this, too.

Make your own

Skills practiced include:

– Soldering
– Stone setting
– Filing

 

Stay tuned for insight into Day 2 of the Weekend Improvers Course next week.

Is this something you’d be interested in attending? Let us know!

Thanks,

The Silver Works Team (1)

 

Everything You Need To Know About Our 5 Week Wax Carving Course 

Everything You Need To Know About Our 5 Week Wax Carving Course 

Have you heard of wax carving but not sure what it is or how to do it? Let’s break it down…

What is wax carving?

Wax carving is an ancient tradition in jewellery making which dates back as far as 6000 years. It’s a great place to start with your jewellery making skills because it gives plenty of freedom to experiment with an affordable material. With wax carving, you’re also able to make a more diverse range of shapes that would otherwise be difficult to achieve with traditional sheet metal and wire.

How it works?

Starting with a lump of wax, you saw and file it down into the shape you want, something like a sculptor working with stone. Once you’ve finished your wax carving, it’s then sent to a caster to be cast into your metal of choice. We mostly offer silver casting at Silver Works but we love hearing your ideas so feel free to ask questions and share design ideas.

What can you make?

Well, we’re glad you asked…Here are a few pieces made by one of our tutors, Steph while using wax carving to create jewellery for her own brand, Authentic Paranoia.  We’re a little obsessed…

What can you make in our classes?

Again, so glad you asked because we’re pretty proud of our students and their wax carving creations. Check out some of the Silver Works Hall of Fame pieces below. These are all pieces made by customers using our at home Wax Carving kit or by students who have attended our Wax Carving Course. 

So what do you think? Ready to book the Forge Your Own Silver Ring Class? Or would you still like to learn more?

If you’re ready to book, great! Click here for available dates and choose one that suits you best. We can’t wait to meet you and get started!

We’re now running a 5 week Wax Carving Class to take you through the entire process.

You’ll learn all the basic skills needed for traditional wax carving techniques.

 

On completion of this wax carving course, you will have:

  • Chosen your design
  • Learn and understand all the techniques necessary for carving your design into wax
  • Have your pieces sent off for casting.
  • Post casting preparation and polishing, ensuring your pieces are ready to wear

 

Our next 5 week Wax Carving Course kicks off on:

SUNDAY 5TH SEPTEMBER, 10-12:30

Every Sunday for 5 weeks until Sunday 17th October

Related Blog Posts

If you’d like to learn more, we’ve gathered our top blog posts about wax carving to help answer some of your questions and hopefully provide you with plenty of inspiration of what’s possible within our Wax Carving classes. 

Top Tips For Using Our Ring Carving Kit – I have no idea what to make – Help! 

And if you want to learn more about the potential a new creative hobby can have in your life, read this – The Benefits of Cultivating New Creative Skills 

 

Thanks,

The Silver Works Team (1)

 

How To Plan A Creative Day Out On Drury Street, Dublin

How To Plan A Creative Day Out On Drury Street, Dublin

Here at SilverWorks we’re lucky to call Drury Street, Dublin’s Creative Quarter, home and have done so since 2017. Over the years, Drury Street has become one of the trendiest locations in the city, an area where independent coffee shops, vintage shops and those like us, dedicated to showcasing top quality Irish design reign supreme.

As Dublin starts opening up once again and we’re all itching to get out of the house, here’s a roundup of things to do on a Creative Day Out in Dublin within Dublin’s Creative Quarter.

 

Book A Class at Silver Works

Keep building on those creative skills you worked so hard to cultivate over lockdown and spend the weekend making your own jewellery at one of our Silver Works classes. Whether it’s our Forge A Ring Class, our expert tutors will guide you through step-by-step to create your own bespoke piece of jewellery. Spend the day laughing and learning with friends and walk away treasuring the fact that you’ve just added one totally unique piece to your jewellery collection.

 

Browse new collections at The Collective

With both of our sister brands – The Collective and Silver Works – in the same building. It’s hard to resist a quick browse of our stock at The Collective on your way out the door. With our stock of over 30 independent Irish designers, we have got everything from sparkling gems and jewellery to vibrant prints and homewares. Treat yourself and relish in the joy of supporting local talent.

 

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Grab a coffee in Kaph

All that creativity and concentration from making jewellery calls for a caffeine refuel. It seems you’re in luck with go-to coffee spot, Kaph just a few doors down from The Collective. And for the non-coffee drinkers, rumour has it that they make a killer Matcha Latte too.

 

Stock up on vintage styles at Om Diva

Did someone say more shopping? You don’t have to ask us twice. Arguably one of the best vintage shops in the city, Om Diva also sells a curation of clothes from exciting emerging Irish designers upstairs. The bright colours, vibrant energy and creative team will leave you feeling energised and inspired all weekend long.

Thanks,

The Silver Works Team (1)

 

“I have no idea what to make. Help!”

“I have no idea what to make. Help!”

Our most frequently asked questions usually come back to two things:

  1. Do I need experience in making jewellery to attend Silver Works classes? (in case you’re wondering, no, not at all!)
  2. I have no idea what to make. Help! I need some inspiration. 

Today we’re here to answer the latter. First up, check out our instagram – we share lots of insights into our workshops, including some of the beautiful creations other customers have made in the workshop or using the Ring Carving Kit. You can also browse Pinterest for design ideas. 

To show what is possible using our Ring Carving Kits and through attending our workshops, we wanted to share with you some of the creations people have already made using it.

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The beauty of jewellery making is that no two pieces are identical – what you create is a true reflection of you, your style and your hands!  You can now check out some of the rings made using the Kit in our Silver Works Hall of Fame below.

With the easy step by step tutorials included in the kit and workshops you will learn everything you need to know about the basics of wax carving. Those who have done it already have left glowing reviews! See what they have been saying below:

“A novel and delightful way to explore and express your creativity in a lock down. The kit is comprehensive and the tutorials are detailed and easily accessible online for whenever suits your timetable. Great support and fast responses to enquiries. I can’t wait to attend a class in person to expand my skills. Highly recommended.” – Joseph Bonham

“Great Lockdown experience learning and working from home. Took me a while to shape the wax to my design but good fun trying it and my ring has turned out beautifully. Great conversation piece and I’m planning to make some nice presents.” – J.S.

To read more about it and to get your own Ring Carving Kit, click here

And if our Ring carving workshops have caught your eye, click here for further details and booking options. 

Thanks,

The Silver Works Team (1)