Gold Stacking Ring

I recently made this white gold stacking ring using the customers gold and stones. Here are just a few photos I took in the workshop while making the ring.

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If you have a piece of jewellery you would like made, feel free to contact me

Barrel polishing and Other New Years Resolutions

Eileen's Bench

I know February is a bit late to be starting new years resolution but I’ve had a busy January so decided now is as good a time as any to take stock and plan ahead. Besides the usual eat less, exercise more resolutions I’ve got some workshop related ones that I’m hoping will make for a more harmonious work environment!

I treated myself to some new tools before Christmas so my first resolution involves mastering one of these. The barrel polisher.

It’s taken me a few years to buy this as I’ve gone from wanting one, to thinking I can do without it! As the workshop has gotten much busier and the need to polish lots of pieces quickly increased I did my research and saw the best way to get the finish I wanted in a efficient time was with a barrel polisher. Thanks to the advice of many jeweller friends I got this lovely one online from UKGE

Barrel Polisher
I had planned to spend a quiet day in January playing around with the polisher. Trying different finishes and basically just figuring out what works best for me but with Showcase and some other jobs I’ve been working on my lovely polisher got left on the shelf until I could give it the time it deserved.
So there’s my first new years resolution, become a barrel polishing ninja.

Barrel polisher

Barrel polisher shot

My second resolution is the leave my bench tidy every evening before I leave the workshop. Now let me just qualify this by saying I’m not a messy person and by other workshop standards my bench is pretty tidy. But I’ve noticed that there always a few minutes in the morning spent getting everything set up. I’m at my most productive in the morning so it doesn’t make sense for me to spend some of this time tidying. New organised me has decided this should be done in the evening when winding down and finishing up for the day. I can just potter around the workshop putting tools away, sorting jobs for the following day while listening to a good podcast.

Silversmiths Bench

So there you have it my new years resolutions. Of course I will keep you posted on my progress. The barrel polisher will be easier to write about as I will be able to post my results. As for the perfectly tidy bench every evening… you’ll have to just trust me on that one šŸ™‚

My New Bench

Silversmiths Bench

I’ve beenĀ rearrangingĀ the workshop this week to make room my new jewellers bench. I bought the bench from a jeweller who was retiring after 40 years of jewellery making. Ā Since this was a piece of furniture I was going to be spending a lot of time sitting at I needed to make sure it would be perfect. I had looked into buying a new bench but they seemed a bit light and I wanted a bench that I could happily cut, hammer and solder at without fear of collapse! So when I found this bench that had been in use for 20 years I knew it could withstand the stresses of life in a busy silversmiths workshop.

The height of the bench is extremely important. The bench needs to be high enough so you can have the jewellery you are making at the correct eye level. Also since I spend much of my day sitting at the bench it needs to be high enough so I am not hunched over the bench doing damage to my back.

What makes a jewellers bench different from any other workbench is the semi circle cut out in the middle. This is to ensure you canĀ sit close to the work and with a bench skin or tray it allows you to collects scrap. I find it really handy when working on tiny components, if you drop one it will more than likely fall in to your bench tray.

Bench Peg

Unfortunately there was oneĀ casualtyĀ from the move, my bench peg snapped while I was trying to remove it, so I’ll have to make another one. It was on its last legs as it has been cut and drilled into one too many times so it was nearing retirement.

I’m loving working on the new bench, all my favourite tools have found their homes as theĀ previousĀ owner has left the handy clips and hooks for the pliers, soldering torch and piercing frame.

Jewellers Tools