Bench Jeweler 101

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This class will provide the students with a general knowledgethe Basic Bench Skills. This program has been carefully planned to provide continuing education for  people in the jewelry business by targeting the most common tasks that take place in a jewelry store environment on a daily basis. At the end of this program you will be ready to perform more advanced work in your career in Jewelry Making.
From the minute you step in the class you will complete jewelry making procedures hands-on that will progress from basic to intermediate levels of complexity. During this course you will create several pieces of jewelry. While learning, you will complete time proven jewelry making exercises designed to facilitate the learning of multiple jewelry construction and assembly techniques. You will perform and understand many of the tasks that you need in order to start making and designing jewelry.

 

 

HANDS-ON PROJECTS:

Tool Identification

Filing

Soldering

Re-tipping

Ring sizing

Solitaire diamond ring

Use of jewelry findings

Chain -fixing

 Installation of locks

Construction of a Pendant

 Bail and jump ring setting

 Setting of stones in prongs

Polishing techniques

 

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:

  Melting of metals

Wire making

Plate milling

Soldering techniques

Solders

Stone Setting

Polishing Knowledge

Tool Identification

Filing

Soldering

Re-tipping

Ring sizing

 

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PROGRAM

Introduction to metals: Platinum, Gold, and Silver. Learn how to obtain the different Karats and colors of gold. FTC rules and regulations, what jewelers are and are not allowed to do. Learn how precious metals are bought and sold. Units of weight.

Testing of metals: hands-on. Learn how to use acid testing techniques for separating the different karats of metal. Metals and oxidation. Handling of shop sweeps, fillings and scraps for maximum recovery.

Piercing, drilling and filing: Explanation and practice for the making of nameplates. You will make a nameplate by creating your own three single letter project starting from scratch.

Melting and milling: Use and adjustment of the jeweler's torch. Ingot making. Use of the rolling mill for producing metal wires and plates.

Wires: Making of bails and jump rings. Use of forming pliers and dowels.

Soldering: Soldering is immediately introduced into the program. Preparation and cleaning of metals for soldering. Students practice a wide variety of exercises hands-on.

Ring Sizing: Practice of single and multiple ring sizing. Hardening and annealing techniques explained and applied.

Chains: Practice on fixing different types of chains.

Rings: Assemble a solitaire diamond style ring. Soldering of a setting.

Diamond setting: Three different stone setting exercises will be performed. Round brilliant cut stone in Tiffany solitaire setting, setting of a pendant and setting of a student built ring. Remove stones out of prong settings and re-tipping a prong.

Final finish: Finishing and marking jewelry in preparation for polishing.
Polishing with tripoli and rouge. Ultrasonic and steam pressure machine.

Explanation of procedures:
Working with hollow jewelry, general explanation of jewelry repairs. Findings, tools and other supplies and suppliers.
Repair friendly and unfriendly stones. Finishes and Textures.