Cutting Silver Part 1

I’m going to go through the steps of cutting out a design on metal showing the different techniques and tools that I use. I’ll start with the design on paper and show how I transfer and cut this out on my sheet of metal.  Because this is only a demonstration I’m just going to use a piece of scrap copper.

Marking out pattern with stencil
Marking out pattern with stencil

I’ve chosen a pattern with a lot of cutting out so you can see how to cut a small detailed area with a jewellers saw. I am only going to use a section of this pattern so I using a stencil to pick an area and mark it out.

 

Design glued to metal and piercing frame ready to go!
Design glued to metal and piercing frame ready to go!

Once I have the design I glue my piece of paper on to the metal. I don’t always work this way. Often if it’s a pattern I might use again I will transfer the design on to the metal and save my original piece of paper to be used again. Once the paper is glued on I mark out the areas that will be cut out. With this design I’m going to cut out all the black sections.

Marking drill sections with centre punch
Marking drill sections with centre punch

These black sections will have to be drilled through to allow the blade to get into these areas. So I am going to mark the centre of the drilling hole with a centre punch. I use this because a drill bit has a habit of wandering if it doesn’t start on a recess. The centre punch forms a large enough dimple to guide the drill bit. It’s important to use this when I’m drilling in such a small area where there’s no room for error!

Drilling holes for saw blade
Drilling holes for saw blade

 

I’ve drilled all the holes and now I’m ready to start cutting. I open one side of the frame so I can pass the blade through the drilled hole and reattach it to my piercing frame on the other side.

Putting saw blade through drilled hole
Putting saw blade through drilled hole
Putting saw blade through drilled hole
Putting saw blade through drilled hole

I’m going to make a video of the cutting so you can see how the blade moves along the metal. I’ll post that on Monday..

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