There must be as many different ways to hold jewelry and findings as
there are jobs to do. Regular bench pins and wooden ring
holders/clamps, to all sorts of holds you can create using setters
wax or thermo plastic materials like Jett Set. Just to name a few
I have sawed off broomstick handles, drilled holes in blocks of
scrap wood, used the bottoms of old silver plated candle holders,
and even pieces of cheap angle iron, etc. All these old problem
solvers are in drawers of the shop, nearly all are either covered or
filled with either wax or Jett Set. Amazing the different problems
that arise and require some creative problem solving to hold steady
(I specialize in repair).
I also now have a pretty complete set of the BenchMate system that I
acquired over time. Once I had a job when the work station in the
shop was alread y outfitted with a complete BM system. I was hooked!
Fast and solid!!! Especially when you begin to add such upscale
tools as a Meijji and GRS handpieces.
When I can combine all my various old holders I made myself, the
Bench Mate system and my old Engraver’s block/workholding clamp I
can very quickly change to any of a very wide selection of holders,
and even then there are times I still have to sit back for a few
seconds and come up with something to solve a specific problem job.
An example of such a need, was a recent job with a large number of
small tube setting that had to be set with semi precous gemstones,
and then lasered into a necklace.
The solution I came up with was to solder all the tubes to the edge
of somegold scrap, set them, prefinish them and then cut them off.