Oh THANK YOU Betty!
BTW, I looked up that video and am very confused - on Amazon a review said not to buy the DVD on Amazon because it doesn't come with the exercise patterns so the video was useless - and then when I went to his site, I got confused because there seem to be lots of "kit" versions.
This is what I mean ... http://www.thomasmann.com/product-list-custom.php?pg1-cid33.html
So there are three different options, and all of them seem to offer something different.
There is the book, "Metal Artists Workbench: Demystifying the Jeweler's Saw", which is $60.00 that then in the description says to buy the learn to saw kit (which is also $60.00).
Then there is the DVD that I think they were referring to, the "Jeweler's Saw Projects DVD" which is $45.00.
And finally there is the other DVD, "Learn to Use the Jeweler's Saw", that is $45.00.
I am sure that ALL of them would assist me GREATLY and likely in time, I will own all of them - but sadly I've been in and out of the hospital and ER rooms a few or more times a month for the last 6 or 7 months, so my excess mad money has been used up on co-pays and I'm still "finding my voice" in jewelry so sales are not a regular thing for me (and as an artist that has been selling in other mediums for the past 30+ years, I know how fickle the buying public can be until you find your audience that responds to your work on a level where it also engages their wallets lol) ... so I just am hoping to invest in something that will allow me to progress my level of skill in this area.
Just hoping you might be better able to guide me to which one might serve me the best all around until I can afford to invest in the others as I will need to stagger things for a while most likely.
So that was about the video you suggested ... so I am sort of lucky in a few ways compared to most others that start on this jewelry in that I am tool and equipment HEAVY. It's a not short story (lol) but i inherited my dad and granddad's tools and then I invested in buying an estate storage shed of a jeweler (sight unseen, talk about taking a risk! LOL!) soooo I have TONS of files. Bags and bags. Problem is - I don't know how to tell what file does what, if they are good or not (the jeweler did mark some of hers as being "BAD" or "NOT GOOD" which I figured would work as stamp making material when I get around to that) but there are files of allllll sizes, shapes, cuts, and both hers and dads are jumbled together willy nilly.
I knew I wanted to buy escapement files as they were I am told super tiny and small - then I was going through her drawers and bags again (I keep finding hidden treasures) and I think I found what I am assuming are escapement files - they are SOOOO tiny and are in different shapes - but I am thinking those might not be what you are talking about when you say "needle files" as I ave sets of those where that's what the packaging says but they are much larger than the tiny ones.
I don't know how I would determine what cut these tiny little files are, or even if they are escapement files - maybe they aren't - I wouldn't actually know since I've never seen any that I am aware of. I have a literal treasure trove of things to use but not the knowledge (YET!!) to know what it all is, or how to use them.
I had recently learned about some files having a "safe" side so that they do not hurt stones - I read something somewhere about some jeweler saying that they dress the edges of those to prevent them from scoring stones even more so.
As it is there are SO many files that it's like saws ... how do you know what file to use for what job other than banging your head against the wall or having someone teach you?
I'd love to have a teacher/mentor, but I work a full time job for now, so my time is not all mine and I can't afford to buy lessons, so just kinda blindly fumbling around until it occurred to me that I could perhaps ASK, lol, so there I am, being a pain in the ass asking dumb questions. LOL.
And thank you ALL that have contributed to this thread, for taking the time to share and answer my queries - it is deeply appreciated more than I have words to express.