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Outfiiting a jewelry studio at new maker space

Hello all,
A local children’s science museum, The Discovery Space, is starting a brand new community maker space adjacent to the museum, called The Rivet. I would like to help outfit a basic jewelry studio for classes of six to eight students; my personal budget is about $1200. Here’s my challenge: I am self-taught, so I have no clue how to set-up a classroom. The Rivet has already received donations of a small combination roller mill, a Durston dapping set in need of TLC, and some pliers.

What tools are needed for classes in basic fabrication and in what quanitities? Which tools are best shared and which should be allotted to each student? What other larger tools do we need for the studio----I will start a wishlist.

I would appreciate any guidance you can give me!

Congratulations! Very exciting venture for you. I’m self taught as well.

I would suggest maybe checking out starter kits from Otto Frei, or getting some of the tools from Harbor Freight (not great quality but good for first timers).

You can always build your benches, check the forum for ideas. Do you have a local jeweler that you can speak with and maybe sponsor your maker space? You can also checkout @metalsmithsociety on instagram (we’re a helpful bunch!) and reach out to some local jewelers and see if they can donate anything?

The local gem and rock club that I took some classes at had a nice little set up. 8 benches (4 on each side of the room). Each had a bench pin, a flex shaft (you can get cheap ones from www.sciplus.com and other tools from them too) and desk chair and a plastic shoe box of: 1 ring mandrel, 1 set of files, 2 large files, scissors, saw, blades (various sizes), sharpie, mall bench block… I think that was it.

We had 3 soldering stations set up in the back- various solder blocks, annealing pans, tweezers, third hands and other little things. 3 tanks and torches- those were purchased from a local plumbing store, cheaper than buying online.

We had a shared cabinet with polishing stuff- sandpaper/emery paper on mandrels, 3M disk sets, rubber wheels, various polishing compounds, mops, buffs, etc. But those had to be checked out from the teacher.

We had 1 rolling mill on a stand, a large tree stump for hammering, 1 tumbler.

That should give you some ideas for a small set up. Hope this helps!

Thank you! These are great suggestions. I believe one of the local big box home improvement stores already donated some files and sanding equipment. (Part of the space will be dedicated to woodworking, too.)

Once I have a list of equipment I want to purchase, I was planning to contact Rio Grande, Contenti and Otto Frei to see where I can get the best price on pricing and shipping. Harbor Freight is an excellent tip.

Hi,

I have some expertise in this area. Contact me at karen@karenchristians.com and let’s have a phone conversation.

A few questions:

How many students are you serving?

What is the square footage of your space?

I encourage you to come up to Artisan’s Asylum in Somerville, MA. I built the Jewelry Shop in their maker space and can guide you. Best if you visit in person.

-k

Ratchisonz

    July 13

Hello all,
A local children’s science museum, The Discovery Space, is starting a brand new community maker space adjacent to the museum, called The Rivet. I would like to help outfit a basic jewelry studio for classes of six to eight students; my personal budget is about $1200. Here’s my challenge: I am self-taught, so I have no clue how to set-up a classroom. The Rivet has already received donations of a small combination roller mill, a Durston dapping set in need of TLC, and some pliers.

What tools are needed for classes in basic fabrication and in what quanitities? Which tools are best shared and which should be allotted to each student? What other larger tools do we need for the studio----I will start a wishlist.

I would appreciate any guidance you can give me!


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