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Christine Cox
(fold-formed, soldered and patinated sterling brooch)
In the collection of Nancy Parker

Metalsmithing
Tools and Supplies

Thanks for being a great resource for metal artists!
-- Lynne S.

 

Soldering (silver / hard) | Coloring Metal | Metal Etching | OptiVISOR | Metalsmithing Publications | Starter Tool Kit | Bench Blocks, Anvil and Mats | Hammers | Etching | Oxidizing and Liver of Sulfur | Copper and Brass Mesh | Holding and Clamping | Polishing, Filing and Sanding | Sawing | Bench Pin | Wire Working | Pliers | Miniature Hardware and Tools | Metal Stock and Shapes | Alpha/Numeric Punch Sets | Metalsmithing Video | Metal Bending and Forming

Metalsmithing Starter Tool Kit

Starting

The essential hand tools of metalsmithing in one inexpensive starter kit. Your kit includes:

  • Universal bench pin
  • 3" Saw frame
  • 12 3/0 Swiss saw blades
    (relatively coarse)
  • 12 6/0 Swiss saw blades
    (relatively fine)
  • Rawhide mallet
  • Needle files
  • Wooden hand vise
  • 2 Storage tubes for blades

$80.75


You get everything you need to
start fabricating metal objects right away

Digital caliper comes in a case and includes 2 batteries


Christine Cox
Sterling silver and cubic zirconia

Digital Caliper

Precise work requires precise measuring. Our calipers use a standard watch battery, and have the ability to shift from metric [millimeters] to SAE [thousands of an inch] at the touch of a button.

It comes in a protective case and has 2 extra batteries. It will help you to properly measure eyelets and holes, metal gauge, wire size, material thickness, and various other measurements too precise for a ruler.

$20.00

   
 

 
Improve your vision and increase your efficiency

  • Leaves both hands free

  • Optical polished glass lens

  • Tilts up when not in use

  • Adjusts to most head sizes

  • Leather comfort band

  • Wear it over your prescription or safety glasses

OptiVISOR


Optical Glass Binocular Magnifier
Accept no substitutes! Superior optics and comfort make OptiVISOR the choice for most metalsmiths and jewelers. We have 3 magnifications for your needs, and you can use them with or without your prescription glasses for even more magnification options.

Magnification levels available:

  • DA3: 1 3/4 X at 14"
  • DA4: 2 X at 10"
  • DA5: 2 1/2 X at 8"

$54.00



The OptiVISOR is made for very close work
Photo by Stephanie Chao

 

Metalsmithing Publications

Coloring Base Metals: A Practical Guide by Christine Cox


(Foreword by Tim McCreight), 34 pages
Recommended by Art Jewelry Magazine!
This excellent self-published booklet is full of 24 recipes and techniques, plus 5 ways of sealing color onto base metals. Though simple in presentation and language, this booklet is for working metalsmiths as well as for beginners. Experienced, easy-to-follow advice from metalsmith Christine Cox and pages of color photos show colored brass, copper and nickel silver and finished pieces to inspire you. It's chock-full of coloring ideas including patinas, paints, colored pencils and much, much more. Best of all, no special equipment or particularly hard-to-find chemicals are needed for the techniques.

  • Foreword by Tim McCreight
  • Introduction
  • Safety
  • General Notes
  • Immersion
  • Fuming
  • How to Make a Fuming Chamber
  • Color Plates
  • Burying
  • Heat
  • Direct Coloring
  • Brush-On Commercial Options
  • Sealing
  • Recommended Reading
  • Resources

$20.00
Free domestic shipping on this item - international orders will be charged $5.00 shipping for booklet orders.


Christine Cox
(colored pencil technique)


We got a rave review on this booklet from Art Jewelry Magazine!


This patina and many other ways of coloring base metals are covered in this excellent resource.

All book, video and publication sales are final (unless there is a manufacturing problem).


15 pages of color plates show how the coloring will look on different metals

The Complete Metalsmith DVD



Metal Etching: How-To and Idea Book
Recommended by Art Jewelry Magazine!

Metal Journal Idea Book
 

Etching

Visit our page just for base metal etching-related products.

Metal Cutting, Bending and Forming

Color I.D. Pliers Set

The set is called Color I.D., and each pair of pliers has a different colored grip on the handle so they are easy to tell apart at a glance. This would be such a perfect starter set, a great gift or a set to take with you to classes. 4.5" long

  • Round nose
  • Chain nose with cutter
  • Bent chain nose
  • Semi-flush side cutter
  • Flat nose
  • Polished Steel Heads
  • Cushion Grips
  • Double Leaf Springs
  • Lapjoint Construction

Color I.D. Pliers Set
$15.00

Hole Punch Pliers (1.8mm)

I'm so glad that Tracy Stanley recommended these hole punch pliers to us. Simply use the pliers to punch a hole in your metal (up to 22 ga. non-ferrous metals) and insert your cold connection. A lovely finish (no burs) and long-reach jaws make this tool a pleasure to use. Pliers have a gauge guard and come with a replacement pin.

$11.00

 

Round-Nose Pliers (5" Germany)

EURO TOOL’s Extra-Duty box-joint pliers featuring double-leaf springs are made of the finest European steel available. Box joints insure lifetime alignment. Made in Germany. Make loops and round bends with the perfectly round and finely tapered tips on this plier.

$23.00

Flat-Nose Pliers (5" Germany)

EURO TOOL’s box-joint pliers are made of the finest European steel available. Box joints insure lifetime alignment. Made in Germany. Flat nose pliers featuring double-leaf springs allow you to grip flat objects and make right angle bends. The smooth jaws come to a fine even taper.

$23.00

Chain-Nose Pliers (5" Germany)

EURO TOOL’s box-joint pliers are made of the finest European steel available. Box joints insure lifetime alignment. Made in Germany. Chain nose pliers feature double-leaf springs and smooth jaws with slightly beveled edges to avoid marring. The nose is tapered to a fine point for bending and most utility work.

$23.00



Bent chain-nose pliers are the best for wire wrapping! -- Christine Cox



Bent Chain-Nose Pliers
(5" Germany)

EURO TOOL’s box-joint pliers are made of the finest European steel available. Box joints insure lifetime alignment. Made in Germany. Bent chain nose pliers feature double-leaf springs and smooth jaws The nose is tapered to a fine point for bending and close work in small places.

$23.00

Full-Flush Power Max Cutters
(Japan)

Ergonomic compound flush cutter that offers the finest in compound leverage construction at an affordable price. Leverage combined with an induction-hardened high-grade steel jaw allows for extra close cutting. The handles are shaped to be ergonomically efficient and to prevent fatigue and possible injuries which can sometimes accompany hours of cutting. Cuts up to 12 gauge. Great for thicker copper. Length 6-1/2 -165mm.

Full-flush cut means little or no filing!

$40.50


If you've ever cut out a disk with a saw, you'll appreciate this tool


Christine Cox
These adorable enamel earrings were cut from sterling sheet using our disk cutter

Disk Cutter (AKA circle cutter, disc cutter)

Large cutter features five sizes ranging from
1/2" to 1".

Cut perfect circles every time! The holes have been drilled, reamed and then honed to make the finest and cleanest cutter available. The punches are oil-quenched tool steel and drawn for hardness and durability. The base is case-hardened and ground.

Cuts metal up to 14 gauge (be sure to anneal your metal for the heavier gauges). Measures 3" x 2-3/4". For longer tool life, Christine Cox suggests using Cut Lube on the punch before each cut. Use with our Brass Mallet on a sturdy table. Our Pounding Mat will help protect the table.

$56.00

Dapping/Doming Block and Punches

Eight dapping tools with matching block in a neat wooden block. Cavity sizes are 28, 24, 20, 18, 15, 12, 9 and 6mm with corresponding punches. Opposite side of polished steel block is smooth for use as a bench block.

Considering everything you can do with the punches and the block, this is really several tools in one. The punches are great for flaring tube rivets, put one in a vise and it's a tiny anvil. Use them for repoussé. You'll be surprised how often you reach for one.

Sorry, temporarily out of stock


(Wood blocks may vary slightly)


A dapping (AKA "doming") block
is used for doming metal

Wire and Lead Bender

Use this handy wire bender for bending wire that's a little too tough to bend by hand. You can either screw or clamp it to a bench or table. It's great for bending lead came (stained glass) or copper grounding wire (metalsmithing).

I just recently took a metalsmithing class with friends. We are so excited to have found a site with reasonably-priced supplies!
-- Christine C-H

Steel Ring Mandrel


American-made mandrel made from case-hardened steel.

 
  • Ungrooved
  • Round
  • 1/2 sizes 1 - 16
  • Length 13-1/2"

$34.00

 

Better Bench Block, Anvil and Pounding Mat


Better Bench Block (2 sizes)

Our Better Bench Block is the original. It's a superior product as It's made from high carbon steel (it's harder to damage) and it's milled incredibly smooth (fewer marks to transfer to your work). Made in U.S.A.

Our hand-made bench blocks are clearly superior.  Our bench block is a milled plate of very hard steel alloy mounted onto a high quality 3/4" hardwood base. Most blocks are just a slab of steel, some polished and hardened, some not. Ours transfer less vibration therefore there's less stress on you. They are also significantly lighter than solid blocks so they are perfect for traveling. They come in 2 sizes to suit your metalsmithing or eyeleting needs.

Hint to wire workers, if you are using annealed or dead-soft round wire, place it on one block and then press down as you roll another block on top. It will straighten and harden your wire nicely.

Small Bench Block
2 7/8" X 2 7/8" X 1"
$16.00

Large Bench Block
3 7/8" X 3 7/8" X 1"
$23.50

Pounding Mat

We found another great multi-purpose tool (our favorite kind). Pounding Mat made from really dense rubber. Not only does it protect your work table from scratches caused by bench blocks and equipment, it also protects it from inadvertent cuts. Any being weaker than Superman couldn't accidentally cut through this stuff. Your table is safe! The best thing is that it's sound absorbing (are your ears ringing from hammering metal?). We use these in the Studio and appreciate the difference in the sound level.

5" X 5"
$8.50

Great for larger jobs and equipment
12" X 12"
$34.00

Note: We cut the pounding mats by hand. As the rubber is very dense it's nearly impossible to cut it in a straight line. The mats aren't pretty but they are very useful! Colors vary.

 

Mini Anvil

OK, my first thought when I saw these was, "Cute!" Actually these miniature "horn" (because of the shape) anvils are quite handy for those small jewelry jobs when a larger block is just overkill. If you tend to make ring- or earring-sized things, or if you want a small anvil for traveling, you'll love this hard little worker.
4-1/8"L X 1-9/16"H X 1"W (size may vary slightly)

$13.50

Alpha/Numeric Metal Punch Sets

Use a brass mallet and a steel bench block for crisp letters every time. We have hints for lining up your letters in the Idea Center.


Metal Punch Set
Calligraphy/Uppercase
$28.50

3mm (1/8") / 27 pc. set includes 26 letters and "&"
Each punch is marked for easy orientation. Set comes in a canvas pouch for easy storage and selection.


 

Metal Punch Set
Calligraphy/Lowercase
$28.50

3mm (1/8") / 27 pc. set includes 26 letters and "&"
Each punch is marked for easy orientation. Set comes in a canvas pouch for easy storage and selection.


Metal Punch Set
Handwriting/Uppercase
$28.50

2mm (1/8") / 27 pc. set includes 26 letters and "&"
Each punch is marked for easy orientation. Each set comes in a canvas pouch for easy storage and selection.


Metal Punch Set
Handwriting/Lowercase
$28.50

2mm (1/8") / 27 pc. set includes 26 letters and "&"
Each punch is marked for easy orientation. Each set comes in a canvas pouch for easy storage and selection.


Metal Punch Set
Spiral/Uppercase
$40.50

4mm (1/8") / 27 pc. set includes 26 letters and "&"
Each punch is marked for easy orientation. Each set comes in a canvas pouch for easy storage and selection.


Metal Punch Set
Spiral/Lowercase
$38.50

4mm (1/8") / 27 pc. set includes 26 letters and "&"
Each punch is marked for easy orientation. Each set comes in a canvas pouch for easy storage and selection.

The ideal surface for stamping is a Bench Block on top of a Pounding Mat. You need the steel bench block to get well-defined, crisp letters. Use our Pounding Mat to protect your table and lower the noise level.

Find more tips on how to use our punches in the Idea Center.


This is a detail of a book I made using a metal stamp set to spell out the title and author's name. There are more photos of this book in the Idea Center.

Pride and Prejudice and other classic novels are available as books-in-sheets.

We also sell Alphabet and Number Punch Sets which are not suitable for heavy metal but are great for punching into leather,  PMC (Precious Metal Clay), polymer clay, thin "embossing metal" or wood.

Miniature Hardware
Cold Connections


Heads are roughly 1/8" in diameter


Our miniature hex head bolts can look surprisingly elegant. These were bead blasted for a satin finish. Learn to make this bracelet in Christine Cox's class; Torch Technic


Don't the Hex Head Bolts look great on this pin I made at Art and Soul? That's my mom, me and my dad.

0-80 Tap for Metalsmiths
Use this tap to thread holes (drilled with a #55 drill) in sheet metal to prepare for Miniature Hardware. You can use it in your hand or in a Pin Vise. The Tap is compatible with all of our Miniature Bolts and Screws.

Tap (each)
$11.00

Automatic Center Punch


This tool is essential for making a pilot dent when drilling in metal. It helps keep your drill bit from skidding all over and scratching up the metal. Use on a Bench Block. Colors vary.

Automatic Center Punch
10.00 / ea.

Here are the actual measurements you need to figure out the driver size:

  • Head of stainless hex head bolt, brass hex head bolt, brass nut and copper-plated brass hex head bolt
    .092”/2.35mm

  • Wrench W0
    .096"/3/32”/2.45mm ID 

  • Stainless steel nut
    .124”/3.16mm/0-80

  • Wrench W2
    .137"/1/8”/3.5mm ID


Check out our selection of 1/16" washers that fit our hardware!

Sterling Silver Rivets

A perfect head every time!
Next time you need a beautiful silver cold-connection, reach for our sterling silver rivets. Use a 1/16" bit to drill your hole and then pop the rivet through and finish the other end with your hammer. Easy metalsmithing, and they look great with our large copper washers! Heads are 3.6mm diameter

2 lengths:

(10) 1/4" length X 1.3mm diameter
(20) 1/2" length X 1.3mm diameter

How to use our miniature hardware and tools:

  • If it isn't important to thread the hardware into your piece, you can just drill the holes with a 1/16" drill bit (available from hardware stores) and pop the hardware in. The hole will be just a tiny bit too big, so it will look the same, but it will be a little looser and less secure.
  • If you want to screw your pieces together, start by drilling holes in both pieces you will be joining. Use our #55 Drill Bit.
  • Use a Tap to cut threads into the inside each of the holes you drilled (easier than it sounds).
  • Align the holes in the pieces and then screw in the hardware.
  • Add the nuts (washers are optional and can go on the front or the back).
  • Tighten the nuts using either the appropriate Wrenches or use Flatnose Pliers (and a tiny screwdriver if using screws).
  • To shorten and finish the bolt off: Use Heavy Duty Wire Cutters to cut the bolt off pretty close to the nut (half the diameter of the bolt is a good rule of thumb).
  • Turn the piece over and rest the head of the bolt on a Bench Block.
  • Use a Chasing Hammer to peen the cut-end of the bolt until it's rounded and smooth and the nut can no longer back off. This last step can be avoided by simply using Loctite or some other appropriate glue (E6000 works). Personally, I'd avoid the liquid connection, but that's a personal bias.

Miniature Screws, Nuts and Washers
(Pkg. 20 ea.)

We are so excited to offer these tiny, tiny screws, nuts and washers! Have you seen the wonderful jewelry and constructions that people are making with them? They are 1/16" diameter. Now you have an alternative to riveting and they look great! Stainless Steel or Brass.

Miniature Hex Head Bolts, Nuts and Washers
These tiny hex head bolts, washers and nuts are great for bolting pieces together but -- thinking out of the box -- wouldn't they make great eyes on a doll? They are 1/16" diameter. They look great! Stainless Steel or Brass.

Driver for Stainless Hex Nuts (Wrench 2)
This wrench fits our stainless steel nuts. If you're using our stainless steel hex head bolts, you might want one of each of our wrenches (1 for the hex head bolt and 1 for the nut)

Fits:
Stainless steel hex nut

Wrench 2
$10.00 ea
.

Driver for Hex Nuts
(Wrench 0)

If you've been struggling along with 2 pairs of pliers (or a pair of pliers and a screwdriver), you'll love this tool! Use with our brass or stainless steel hex head bolts, or use 1 wrench and a tiny screwdriver if you're using our brass screws. Screwdrivers meant for eyeglasses repair are perfect! Size is 0-80

Fits:
Stainless steel hex bolt head
Copper-plated brass hex bolt head
Brass hex bolt head
Brass hex nut

Wrench 0
$9.50 ea.

1 of each driver
$19.00 / 2 pc.


Sterling silver rivets 1/2" long


Sterling silver rivets 1/4" long

Sterling silver rivets
1/4" long X 1.3mm diameter
$9.00/20

Sterling silver rivets
1/2" long X 1.3mm diameter
$8.50/10


Screw head copper-plated brass
1" long


Screw head stainless steel
9/16" long


Screw head brass
1/2" long

Screw Head (20 pc.)
$13.00



Hex head copper-plated brass
3/4" long


Hex head stainless steel
9/16" long


Hex head brass 1/2" long

Hex Head (20 pc.)
$14.00


#55 Drill Bits

Use this size high-speed bit to drill a hole for your tap so that you can screw our hardware into your work.
.052"/1.321mm/B&S 16ga.

#55 Drill Bits (5)
$6.00

#65 Drill Bits

These tiny high-speed bits are the correct size for making rivets from 20 gauge wire.
.035"/.889mm/B&S 20ga.

#65 Drill Bits (5)
$6.00

We have Copper 20 Gauge Wire

I just spent some time visiting your wondrous website and just had to thank you for a breath-taking experience!  Heartfelt gratitude for your gifts to this world! Many thanks
-- R.G. 

Screwdriver set in handle

This pen size aluminum holder with nicely finished anodized barrel and pocket clip has a built-in chuck made of steel and pressed into the barrel to firmly hold screwdriver blades and prevent turning. The screwdriver blades are made of heat treated alloy steel for strength and durability and may be stored inside the barrel. Length 3-3/4.

5 pc set includes:
Straight: 1.0mm, 1.4mm, 2.0mm
Phillips: 1.4mm, 2.0mm

$20.00


Handle is also storage for driver tips

Metal Stock and Shapes

Copper

Stamp on copper with StazOn Ink or paint with Alcohol Inks, pair it with our Copper Mesh. Patinate copper beautifully in our Patinating Solution or Liver of Sulfur. It can be stamped with our Alphabet and Number Stamps. Check out Christine's booklet Coloring Base Metals.

Gauge

Size

Buy it!

ArtEmboss Copper

There is just so much you can do with this very thin copper! Emboss it with an embossing tool, fold it around book board for an attractive book cover, put it between layers of glass and then fuse and slump the whole shebang.

Light weight (~40 ga.)

9 1/4" X 12"

$11.50 ea.

Medium weight
(~36 ga.)

9 1/4" X 12"

$15.50 ea.

Copper Sheet

Solid copper. Use it to fabricate jewelry and charms, enamel with it, and so much more! The 20 gauge come in sets of 2 so that they are perfect for book covers.


Solid Copper

 

Christine Cox
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
This book was made from Stained Glass, Copper Sheet, Copper Eyelets and our Soldering Equipment

In the collection of Steven Snoke

26

6" X 6"

$10.00 ea.

24

6" X 6"

$12.00 ea.

20

4" X 6"

$12.75 / 2 pc.

20

4" X 3"

 $6.75 / 2 pc.

Brass and
Nickel-Silver

Stamp on brass and nickel-silver with StazOn Ink or paint with Alcohol Inks, pair it with our Copper Mesh. Patinate metal beautifully in our Patinating Solution or Liver of Sulfur. It can be stamped with our Alphabet and Number Stamps. Check out Christine's booklet Coloring Base Metals.

Gauge

Size

Buy it!

Brass Sheet

Solid red brass. Use it to fabricate book covers, make jewelry and charms and so much more! Etch it in ferric chloride, patinate it, solder it, torch-color it.


Fold-formed 22 gauge brass

26

6" X 6"

$5.00 ea.

24

6" X 6"

$6.00 ea.

22

6" X 4"

$10.20 / 2 pc.

22

3" X 4"

$5.50 / 2 pc.

 

Nickel Silver

This heavier duty sheet metal is perfect for making charms, books or intricately sawn designs. This is what we use in our Metal Journal Kits. The heavier gauge allows you to stamp on the metal without it showing on the reverse and gives your piece strength.


Artist: Christine Cox
Vincent's Pet Tag
Nickel-silver, copper, brass

22

6" X 4"

$15.75 / 2 pc.

22

3" X 4"

8.00 / 2 pc.

Copper Shapes

These 18 gauge copper shapes are ideal for enameling, soldering, cold connections, charms and so much more. Form them, drill them, color them.

These raw copper shapes are so fun to use as is or in so many other ways! They are 18 gauge so they will hold up to enameling. They're copper so they can be soldered, colored with a torch or patinated with our oxidizing solution or liver of sulfur. Dome them in our doming block or use them flat.

$7.25 / 6 pcs.



Pendant by Vicki Potter


Heart


Flower


Necklace by Vicki Potter

Enameled shape
Christine enameled this flower and then accented it with silver dust

Copper and Brass Mesh

Copper in 1/8" and 1/4" Mesh Sizes

In addition to our Fine Copper Mesh, we sell mesh in 1/8" and 1/4" sizes. The spaces between the copper wires is much larger for a completely new look in your projects. Folded in package. Cuts easily and molds into various shapes and designs.

16" X 20"

  • Art sculptures
  • Crafts
  • Fashion accessories (makes great purses)
  • Jewelry
  • Home and garden decor
  • Architectural and school projects
  • Enamel projects

1/4" Copper Mesh
$13.00


1/8" Copper Mesh
$12.75

Fine Brass Mesh

Very fine (80 mesh) brass mesh can be pleated, cut with scissors, folded, wrapped around other items, etc. The Japanese Screw Punch goes through it with no problems (although you'll need to replace your Tips more frequently). Folded.
16" X 20"

$25.00


The mesh is flat and smooth. The moiré pattern in this picture is an artifact of the scanning process.

Since it's solid copper you can oxidize all of our Copper Mesh in our Oxidizing Solution or you can color it with our Blow Torch. People who have used it on our Metal and Leather Journal Kits love it (and so do we).

Fine Copper Mesh

This is a fantastic product for creative play! It's very fine, solid copper mesh. Pleat it, cut it with scissors, fold it, wrap it around shapes or armature wire, use it with Eyelets. The Japanese Screw Punch goes through it with no problems (although you'll need to replace your tips more frequently). *

* Note: The mesh may have small areas of discoloration or the occasional defect.

This mesh is so fine you can read the cover of our local phone book through it.


Top: Mesh untreated
Bottom: Mesh oxidized in our Oxidizing Solution
Click image for larger view


Christine Cox
In the collection of Karen Ritter

In Your Words
This is by FAR the best source for metalwork and art journaling! i teach a lot of art workshops across the country, and am delighted to pass along this site as a source for my students - wonderful rapport with christine, fast and lovely service, excellent selection. i give volcano arts TEN copper stars! xo
-- Nina Bagley


The mesh is flat and smooth. The moiré pattern in this picture is an artifact of the scanning process. Our fine copper mesh has never been folded so it's perfect for larger projects.

$23.00 / Roll (12" X 36")

 

Because it's 100% copper, all your great patina recipes work on our mesh too.


This cool copper mesh frame was folded so that the thickness of the edges would act as a heat sink and therefore not melt. I then torched the center of the mesh. The beading around the inside of the frame was caused by the melting copper and gave a very nice finished appearance to the frame. The heat also gave the frame wonderful colors. Click the image for a close-up.

Black coated modeler's mesh

Use this 8-mesh black 100% aluminum modeler's mesh for making clay sculptures or any of the other mesh projects you do.
One folded sheet (16" X 20")

$9.50
Save 25%
$7.13

Polishing, Filing and Sanding

Sanding and Polishing Papers (The Jeweler's Secret)

This is an exclusive package of Micro-Graded Abrasive Polishing Papers. Each pack contains 12 pieces of 6 different grits of paper; ranging from 400 grit to 8000 grit. Use scissors to cut them (or just tear them) to whatever size you like and they are perfect for sanding and polishing metal or polymer clay to the very highest shine. Use them wet or dry! The polishing papers are flexible like fabric and great on almost any shaped or flat surface. Each grit: 2 pc. 5 1/2" X 4 1/4"; made in U.S.

$7.00



Mini Needle Files in Handle

Mini Needle Files in Handle

They are perfect for filing in the very tiniest spaces. The assortment of files includes several useful shapes and comes in a convenient handle for comfortable use, storage and travel.

$16.25 / Set

Coarse Sanding and Polishing Papers

If you find that you use the coarser grits of Polishing Papers more often than the fine grits, you'll love this selection of only the 2 coarsest papers from our selection above. You get the 400 and 600 grit papers; 12 pieces (5 1/2" X 4 1/4") - 6 of each grit.

$5.85

In your words
Just wanted to tell you how wonderful the set of files I got from you at Art & Soul are. How did I live without them??? Think I've used them almost every day for some project or other. Good stuff!
-- L.S.


This charm is only 1" X 1 1/4".
Mini Needle files got into the smaller spaces.

Needle File 12-Piece Set

This set of 12 files (2 cut) is for getting into the small areas of your metal work. These are a little larger than the mini-files above. Assorted shapes including triangle, flat, round, etc.

$13.00

Hint to teachers: Making polymer clay tool handles can be a great class!

 

Holding and Clamping

Plastic Basket

This basket is made entirely of plastic so it doesn't add copper to the pickle solution. It makes your pickle last longer and keeps your silver from becoming copper plated. Simply quench your metal in water (a very important step), put it into the basket and rest the basket in your pickle pot. It also saves you from having to dig tiny things out of your pickle with clunky tongs. It's a simple and elegant solution to a universal problem. It's also perfect for use in your ultrasonic cleaner or for sifting powdered media. We recommend separate baskets for each use to keep chemicals pure. 2-1/4" basket (colors vary)

$2.50 each


Tired of your silver being coated with copper when you pickle it?
 


Third-Hand has weighted base for stability
Current stock doesn't have fibergrip on tweezers. They are plain.

Third Hand with Cross-Lock Tweezers


It's a handy "third hand" in the form of detachable tweezers on an adjustable solid base. Use the cross-lock tweezers to hold your work while you solder, close jump rings, add charms and so much more.

$9.00

Double Pin Vise

Have you ever wished for a better grip when hand-twisting a drill bit, burr or a Tap for Mini-Hardware? A pin vise is a really indispensable tool that is useful in so many small ways. Both ends are little chucks (you know, the thing that holds a bit in a drill) and it will really grip your bit or tool. Every jeweler's bench and work table should be equipped with one. Unlike most, this one closes down to 0 and has 4 different sizes of collets.

$3.00 ea.

Mini Bench Vise

This invaluable little tool is incredible! I keep mine clamped right on my bench and use it constantly. Use it for holding charms while you soft solder, to hold a nail-set while you rivet, to make the first head on a rivet, to hold a dowel for making chain more flexible, to hold wire as you twist it. It's one of those things that you wonder how you ever did without.

We have photos of our Mini Bench Vise at work

$10.00

Wooden Hand Vise

Have you ever tried to file something too tiny to hold? How about wire? Enter the wonderful tool called a Hand Vise (AKA Ring Clamp). They are wooden vises with leather pads to protect your metal from scratches. Use it for holding work while you file, grind, drill or any other time you need a helping hand.

$7.50

Hammers

Brass Mallet

A brass mallet is perfect anytime you're hitting a steel tool, such as when hitting alphabet punches or cutting disks. Also great for setting eyelets.

  • 1 lb.
  • 2 5/8" X 1"

$25.00

Related product: Bench Block

Riveting Hammer

If you want to make flat or invisible rivets, this is the right hammer for the job. One end is flat for general purposes and the other is chisel-shaped (cross-pein) for spreading rivet heads. Handle is seasoned ash. Made in Germany

$26.00 ea.

Chasing or Ball Pein Hammer

This hammer is an asset to your toolbox. The pein face is round for making great little rivet heads or for texturing metal. T`he slightly domed flat face is useful for hitting chasing stamps or finishing off your rivets. The hammer's light weight wooden handle makes it comfortable to use.

The forged head is wedge-mounted on a hardwood handle. Best value! Wood color varies. Overall length is 11" and the slightly domed flat face is 1" in diameter.

$13.00

 

Brands may vary

Rawhide Mallet

This mallet is made out of rolled leather so it won't mar your delicate work like a regular hammer can. Use it to flatten out or bend metal pieces or to shape a ring on a Mandrel. Works best when 'broken in' through regular use.

$26.25

Coloring Metal

Learn some innovative ways to use our coloring products and many other ways of adding color to your metal work with our booklet Coloring Base Metals: A Practical Guide by Christine Cox.

Patinating Solution

This patinating solution is fantastic! Depending on how long you leave your metal in the solution you will get color anywhere from a light yellow/brown to a dark gunmetal gray. Solution works on brass, nickel silver, bronze and copper. It even turns sterling silver a nice even blue-gray. MUCH lower odor than Liver of Sulfur.

We can not ship this product internationally, sorry.

$14.00 / Qt.


Artist: Christine Cox
This sterling silver ring was patinated with our solution.

Patina is a noun, as in "There was a beautiful patina on the piece."
Patinate is a verb, as in "You patinate your piece to give it a beautiful patina."

Solution is re-useable. It's strength will diminish slowly with use.

Directions for use are on the bottle. Check out some other tips and techniques for using our Patinating Solution in the Idea Center.

Learn some great techniques for coloring base metals with our Patinating Solution in our booklet:
Coloring Base Metals: A Practical Guide
by Christine Cox


The left side of this chain maille bracelet (sterling and goldfill) was patinated in our Patinating Solution. The right side was left raw so that you could see the wonderful effect of our solution.

Liver of Sulfur

Oh, those gorgeous colors! Used correctly liver of sulfur will make your silver, brass, nickel silver and copper gorgeous hues of violet, blue, straw and everything in between. Make it hotter and turn your piece black! Pre-made solutions just don't last. Ours is gravel so that it will last for years and years (for most people this will be a lifetime supply).

It's perfect for PMC and Art Silver Clay too!

Liver of Sulfur
$14.00 / 4 oz.

Learn some great techniques for coloring base metals with our Liver of Sulfur in our booklet:
Coloring Base Metals: A Practical Guide
by Christine Cox

This bracelet link by Lauri Bond was colored with liver of sulfur and shows the great range of colors possible. The top piece is sterling silver and the bottom is copper.


 

Soft Brass Brush

This hard-to-find tool is indispensable. I use mine to clean pickle and oxides off copper and silver and to equalize the color while oxidizing metals. It's perfect for depletion gilding (the heating and pickling process which precedes reticulation, keum-boo and some enameling). The beauty and utility of this brush come from the bristles -- which are soft brass -- so don't press hard or you'll work-harden them. These are nothing like those hard brass brushes you get at hardware stores. These are far gentler. Made in Germany.

$8.75 ea.

 


3" Saw Frame

3" Saw Frame and 24 German Blades

The perfect saw for cutting sheet metal into beautiful shapes. It has a comfortable handle, 3 adjustment screws and a pin rest for loading blades. We ship it with 24 Swiss blades (12 each 3/0 and 6/0). It's everything you need for sawing thin (use 6/0 blades) or thick (use 3/0 blades) sheet metal in a reasonably priced package. Made in Switzerland.

Our blades are packaged in plastic tubes for your storage convenience.

3" Saw Frame and 24 Blades
$25.00


Learn how to string a blade in your Saw Frame


5" Saw Frame

5" Saw Frame (no blades)

Use this saw for cutting larger pieces of sheet metal. This size is great for projects like book covers and clocks. It has a comfortable handle, 3 adjustment screws and a pin rest for loading blades. Made in Germany.

5" Saw Frame
(no blades - see below)
$18.75

Cut Lube
Much better than using beeswax (which can clog your blades) Cut Lube is a lubricant for drilling, sawing and other coarse operations. Keep it on your bench and you'll reach for it again and again.

$5.00 ea.


Learn to make this charm in The Muse

Note: Twelve tiny blades come in a clear plastic tube and are wired together.

Swiss Crocodile Saw Blades

 Our blades come in 4 sizes for a broad range of jobs.

12 Blades (2/0, 3/0, 5/0 or 6/0)
$2.50


 

24 Blades
(12 ea: 3/0, 6/0)
$7.50

 

48 Blades
(12 ea: 2/0, 3/0, 5/0 and 6/0)
$10.00

 

6" Plastic Tubes (2)
These 6" long X 1/2" plastic tubes (with caps) are just the ticket for storing so many things. You can cut them down with regular scissors and customize them for everything from needles to an awl or scalpel blades. Corral your eyelets and shepherd your beads. Buy several, once you get started, you'll find a million uses for them! We are now shipping our saw blades in these tubes for your storage convenience.


Since the tubes can be easily cut with scissors, I customize them for everything and use a Sharpie marker and masking tape to label them.

I use mine to store:

 

Bench Pin

This universal bench pin will clamp to almost any work surface (up to 2 1/4" thick), perfect for those without a jeweler's bench or for traveling. Use it for support while sawing, filing and a million other metalsmithing tasks. We use these here at the Volcano Arts Studio.

$8.25


Note: Pins may vary slightly

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