How to Cut Designs in Metal | Jewelry Making


Courtney Gray: Welcome to Creative Side Jewelry
Academy of Austin, online at creativeside.org. I’m Courtney Gray. I started my school here, Creative Side Jewelry
Academy, four years ago. I’m here in Austin, and I’m going to tell
you about jewelry making today. Today I’m going to show you how to cut out
designs in metal. And these pieces can be used for jewelry-making,
or they can be used as decorative ornaments, gift-giving ideas, anything that you would
like. The first thing you need to do is pick out
a saw blade that’s appropriate to the metal that you’re going to be sawing. Usually a good way to judge what size saw
blade you need is to measure the thickness of the metal up to the teeth. You want to have three teeth per thickness
of metal. So, if this is an eighteen gauge piece of
copper that we’re going to be cutting today, and I’m going to line it up and make sure
that three teeth are touching that metal on width. So when you load your saw blade, you absolutely
need to have your teeth facing down toward the handle and out. You’re gonna be sawing the metal in this direction,
so you need to have those teeth facing the right way. So first thing I’m gonna show you is how to
load this blade. I always use my hip as kind of a third arm. We’re gonna load it in the top, clamp first,
and clamp that down tightly. From that point, you want to take some wax
and lubricate your blade. Now keep in mind that every jeweler does this
differently, and I’m just showing you my way of approaching this one technique. So, from there, you want to take your metal,
we’re going to cut this heart out of copper, this eighteen gauge copper. So the first thing we want to do is we want
to take a drill bit, and we want to create an opening in the metal, and I’m gonna use
my flexible shaft tool here. This is a foot-operated tool. Insert our drill bit into the eye. I’m gonna take my metal and I’m gonna create
my hole where we can feed that saw blade through. I’m putting kind of a medium pressure on the
metal. And, we’re through. So I have my saw blade here, to feed the work
through where the top surface is facing up so that when I saw, I can see. We’re going to go ahead and start our sawing
now. I’m going to work my way around. Always keep your blade moving while sawing. Once you get your piece cut, you’re going
to need to remove the blade. You can then file and clean up those edges. Start with the really heavy file and then
work your way to the finer tools. That’s really important. Its gonna save you a lot of grunt work. Ok, work your way around and get that as clean
as you can. And that is how you saw out a piece for jewelry.

19 Replies to “How to Cut Designs in Metal | Jewelry Making”

  1. I'm very new to jewelry making. I want to set up a work area. what is the thing attached to the table that has the v cut out of it that you are using as an open space to hold the metal while you saw? Do you have any videos about getting started and setting up your work space?

  2. Can you please show me how to make a little spork charm please. I want to make one for my girlfriends birthday cause, it may be weird, but we fell kn love cause of sporks cx. So if you could please show or tell me that would be amazing

  3. I thought you were going to show us how to cut the heart out. You only showed us how to start it. I don't usually like to leave a negative comment, but this was a little irritating.

  4. Hi great video! Where can I buy those really thin blades for metal? I cant seem to find there anywhere. Went to homie depot, lowes and harbor freight but they only have the ones for scroll saws and hacksaws for wood

  5. thank you so much for the quick set-up and fast tute. New subscriber!
    For those needing a more detailed tutorial Nancy Hamilton teaches all things and has a video for it all including a 2 part "How to Saw' you tube video.

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