What does an aspiring silvermith, metalsmith or metal arts jeweler need to get started? I get asked this question a lot so I thought I’ld put together a list of tools specifically for beginners, just the basics.
My list is categorized by skill or technique. I’ve included some suggestions for using household items that will work just fine until you can afford something better.
Depending on your level of commitment and your budget, try first shopping at a local hardware store like Harbor Freight or Miller’s Hardware . The tools available there will most likely be sufficient for your first year or more.
Don’t forget discounts. Many jewelry supply companies offer discounts for members of lapidary, craft or other groups. Ask them before you buy.
Where to buy? to name a few… Rio Grande, Otto Frei, Contenti or FDJ (FDJ is in Sanford Florida and has a showroom).
Good luck, be safe and have FUN
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