Day F in the Blogging from A to Z challenge.
Flea markets are great places to find tools or equipment for jewellery making. I like tools that are worn and have been used a lot. If they could only speak, let me know what they have been used for, and by whom.
Well, here I will tell you what I use some of them for.
Steel tools like this are great for making patterns in metal. I made sure to polish them well, as I wanted the imprint to be without any marks.
The “box” below is a pendant that I made in my first year of the jeweller training, when we were still working with only flat surfaces.
You can also first make a pattern on copper, and then roll the copper with an (annealed) silver sheet through a rolling mill, to get the pattern pressed onto the silver. Actually, there are a few tools missing now, the ones that make a circle pattern, below. I wonder where they have ended up…? The big copper sheet to the left gave the pattern on this ring. (The holes in the copper plates have nothing to do with what I talk about here, I made them later for something else I was testing.)
This North African copper tray is also a find from a flea market. I do solder work on it. I could replace many other things, but this tray has become very much a part of my work space, a background to whatever I am working on.