Dremel “Heaven”

Well it’s here…my new Dremel tool!  This is a great little tool to help reduce the time it takes to complete a new piece of metal jewelry.  I really don’t mind the time involved.  However, it’s nice to become familiar with tools that other jewelry buffs have used and advocate.

One task used was to sand down the sharp edges on the blanks I cut with my disc cutter.  The Dremel worked well for this task.  However, hand sanding works just as well.  I have also used the Dremel to smooth out a rough imperfection on the top of a blank.  This was a total success!  Otherwise, I would have had to change the surface by some manner, such has skipping the alphabet stamping and just presenting a hammered surface.

Polishing is another time-consuming phase of working with metal.  I bought a couple of polishing accessories for this task.  One states that the polishing compound is already built into the fibers.  The other uses a polishing compound that you apply to the polishing accessory.  Both have their uses.  As it stands now, I prefer polishing my metal jewelry by hand.

These are just a few of the tasks the Dremel tool is capable of.  All-in-all, the Dremel tool is a handy-dandy tool to have in your jewelry work bench.  Hopefully, this little note will be of help to you as you consider whether or not to purchase a rotary tool.

Happy jewelry making!

Sam

 

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The Theater Box, 1874 by Pierre-Auguste Renoir...

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Welcome to Designs By Samra jewelry making web blog!

This is a personal endeavor to learn the art of jewelry making.  Yes, I could easily BUY the jewelry I wear…but where is the adventure in that?  Just imagine what the world would be like if Pierre-Auguste Renoir did not study the art of painting!

My beginnings are humble.  I have learned a “few tricks of the trade” such as sawing, piercing and hammering metal.  I have also learned how to oxidize metal using various methods and conversely how to clean the oxidation off.  I have acquired quite a few metal stamps for stamping dreamy words and sayings on the metal pieces I have studied hot joining methods and intend to study cold joining techniques more thoroughly.

For now, I’m quite content as a self-taught metal-smiting student.  Life responsibilities and limits on my time prevent me from taking a community class or learning at the knee of a well-known metal-smith.  The web is my classroom.  I welcome your suggestions and comments!

Sam

UPDATE:  As of 2017 I have enjoyed taking classes at a local silversmith school,  watching and learning from Mr. Soham Harrison on his YouTube channel, and as always I am grateful for my personal teachers, Mr. & Mrs. Trial and Error.