- Jeweler’s Favorite Tools:
My small Delrin hammer. Generally when I’m at the point in a project
where I’m reaching for it to make an adjustment or such the job is
in a happy place and almost completed. Metaphorically speaking, it
is a good friend.
For REAL action I am smitten with my Smith torch. It can take me
lots of places in achieving metal forms, coloration and surface
finishes beyond that of soldering and melting… pretty much like a
magic wand with a red hose trailing behind.
My muscular Durston 100mm Combo Rolling Mill is accepting of all
comers. In with the drab or ugly and out with the shapely and
elegantly refined. It even likes to produced surprises uniquely the
result of marrying metal to organic material surface patterns. Cool
- Something Borrowed:
Occasionally I wonder if I might be nuevo neolithic in my tool
making habits. I don’t generally work with flint or antlers, but the
appeal of a throw away, purposely made for a quick need tool looms
large. Duct tape and zip ties have their place in a tool box for
quick fixes, but plexiglass and high density polymer scraps can be
great additions to metal forming tools.
For some special surface finishes I will use cabinet scrapers from
the wood working industry.
Ophthalmologist surgical scissors work great for cutting gold foil.
Box cutter blades make miniature shears for thin pieces of metal.
tap with a brass hammer.
A glaze mouth sprayer typically used by ceramists is already for
anti-ox application prior to soldering.
Cheap hammers, auto repair hammers can be modified for a job.
The list goes on. Sometimes there are repeat uses.
All the best,
J Collier Metalsmith