Boxed Up

Boxed Up

Details

Level: Advanced        Sessions: 1        Hours: 6 hours

Project Overview

This fabricating class will touch on multiple skills that can be used to enhance any smithing project. Create a contemporary ring while refining your sawing, shaping and soldering techniques. Students will be encouraged to create their own designs. If you are looking to challenge this class will surely impress. Every step will refine your skills and give you experience with that tool (saw) you have been avoiding.

Tools

  • Bench Block (steel or anodized aluminum) - Used as a hammering surface for metal stamping or working with metal. 

  • Bench pin – There are a variety of bench pins available on the market, any will do. However, you will need to bring a 4” or larger C-clamp. As the C-clamp provided with a bench pin does not fit most tables at the shows. (Note that if you are attending Bead and Button or Beadfest shows, C-clamps will be provided.)

  • Tool C-clamp

    C-clamp – to be used with bench pins to clamp to tables. May be found at any local hardware store. 

  • Divider – Used to score metal to create lines for cutting. May also be used to aid in measuring for consistency. 

     

  • Tool Hand Tools

    Basic hand tools – Any quality is appropriate for my classes. These do not need to be high end or expense.

    • Round nose - Typically it is preferred that the round nose be a fine tip. Especially for classes with detailed wire work.
    • Chain/needle nose – Tapered jaws for general metal and wire work. Non-serrated are requested for all of my classes. Typically requested for classes to be used for opening and closing jump rings; in which case, 2 pairs are requested or a combination of chain nose and flat nose is suitable.
    • Flat nose – Similar to chain nose but the jaws are not tapered. Non-serrated are requested for all of my classes. 
  • Household hammer – Any hammer that is at least 8 oz. or heavier to be used with metal stamps. It does not need to be brass. 

  • Jeweler’s Saw – Used for cutting sheet metal and metal tubes. Instructor will provide for every class needed. 

  • Tool Magnifier or Optivisor

    Magnifier or Optivisor – For almost all classes this is listed as an “As Needed” tool. If you have sight challenges it is recommended that you are properly prepared. For advance stone setting classes this is required! If you decide to use reading glasses consider better than 2.5x. 

     

  • Nylon nose pliers – Flat nose pliers with PVC grips o the heads. Mostly used for straightening wire. In my classes they are used to prevent marring when bending metal. Only required for some classes, but this is mostly an optional item. 

  • Tool Ott Light

    Ott Light or Task Lamp - This is optional item that is listed for every class. It is up to you to determine whether or not you will need to have one depending on your vision. 

  • Rawhide/Leather Mallet – Shape and flatten metal without marring it. #2 mallet is a standard size. Instructor will provide for every class needed. A yellow nylon mallet may be used in its place, however a rubber one may not.

  • Side Cutters - Also known as wire cutters or snippers.

    For many of my classes I prefer Ultra Flush side cutters because it eases the workload. Ultra flush is the most flush you can buy as opposed to just flush cutters. If you don't own a pair of Ultra Flush cutters, you may want to invest in a good pair either Lindstrom or Swanstrom. There is usually not a different in price between ultra and just flush cutters so why not just buy the best?

    The image shows just a side cutter (top) and ultra flush (bottom).

     

  • Optional Soldering Kit

    Items in this Soldering Kit will be provided for use during the class. If you are interested in ordering a kit please click on the image. Kit includes: Butane torch, butane, 1 tube solder paste, fire tweezers, copper tweezers, Sparex, tripod with mesh, flux, soldering board. (Note: kit will be delivered at class. If you require the kit prior to class please contact us to make arrangements. 

  • Ring Mandrel, Steel – Used for shaping and forming metal into rings. A plastic one will not work in its place. Instructor will provide to share (1 for every 2 people) for every class needed. 

  • Student Files – Standard size is 2/o. For filing metal. . Instructor will provide to share for every class needed. 

  • Wood Ring Mandrel – Used to brace rings for polishing; this will save your hands. However, I also use a wood ring mandrel for project where I have to drill into the ring, this way you do not ruin your steel ring mandrel. Wood ring mandrels will be provided to share in classes.