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Here is a list of handy things to have. Do not feel you need to purchase every single size and shape of wire and tubing listed, not all students will choose to make each kind of mechanism, and usually there is some trading and sharing happening since not much material is required for a small scale container. For example, you need to purchase tubing in one foot sections and you may not need more than a couple inches for your designs.
Any jewelry/metals supplier
Catalog numbers provided are for
Rio Grande, Albuquerque, NM
www.riogrande.com or 1(800)545-6566
Source Code: LG227 and LT246
Small Parts, Inc
For copper or brass telescoping tubing
Many Ace stores carry the telescoping tubing as well
110-043 saw frame
110-038 2/0 saw blades or preferred size (as many as you need)
111-142 Round nose pliers
111-078 Chain-nose pliers
111-128 flat-nose pliers
Files (needle and larger sizes): Needle file set, bastard file, half-round file available at local hardware stores as well as jewelry supply places
101-704/101-703/101-100 Hard/Medium/Easy silver solder
Variety of sandpaper and your favorite flexshaft attachments for clean up and finishing
Small metal ruler and any other templates you may have
Variety of metal:
Amount will vary depending what scale you choose to work in and what metals you prefer.
Copper, brass, nickel are all options, but remember that nickel can be an angry bear to form and warp like a crazy banana when soldering. For those of you who are not affected by the economy, silver and gold are also options.
Round, square, triangle or beaded, all make wonderful decorative trim or can be used in construction. The round and square can also be used in the making of our mechanisms. Again, this will depend on your design, so bring what you have or pick up a few different gauges. 16-20 ga round wire you can always do something with and 12-14 ga square wire will work for a variety of our mechanisms as well Indian Jewelers Supply Co. carries this in brass and nickel
Telescoping tubing for hinges. Depending on design and dexterity, you may want to choose anywhere from 5/32 to 1/16 diameter tubing. Just make sure one fits tightly inside the other. Small Parts, Inc. carries telescoping tubing in copper and brass.
For those of you with lots of fancy stones, beads, globs… whatever...bring them! Don’t forget your bezel wire in case your container calls to be encrusted or just accented!
The Metalsmith’s Book of Boxes & Lockets
By Tim McCreight
Hand Books Press
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