Thank you Gerry-
Interesting use of gravers for ajour. I was taught to just use a 3/0
saw blade. I know the natural instinct is to use a small blade like
an 8/0 but don’t do it. It’s very difficult to cut a straight line
with one. I sometimes will use a graver if I miss getting a corner
just right. But then I am more comfortable with a saw than a graver.
Ajour is a very useful thing to know if you plan on selling to
higher end folks. Tough to do as Gerry says but so very gratifying.
Sawing a pattern out of a plate of metal or casting it in wax and
then soldering it to the back or underside of a piece is not ajour in
Although pretty enough looking, I’ve seen it done on too many mass
produced pieces to hide sloppy drilling and finishing.
Have fun and make lots of jewelry.