|New blades in the plastic bag on the left, the blade lube to help the blade glide, under the saw are some broken blades that I made during my learning curve and then those beautiful jump rings.|
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Learning To Use The Jewelers Saw
Hoo! Hoo! Today, I finally learned to use the jewelers saw. I've had this saw in my tool cabinet for, hmmm, years. I've watched many videos on You Tube. Today, I finally mustered up the nerve to use it. I needed to make some jump rings for a bronze bracelet that is in production. In the past I would make my jump rings by cutting them with a flush cutter. Since this piece is destined for a gallery, I thought I'd step it up a notch.
At first there was some frustration. It was slow going. I even thought I'd put down the saw and pick up my cutters, because it would be faster. And quite frankly the cutters do a really good job. But I kept at it. I was relentless with my determination to learn. There were several saw blades that broke in the learning curve. At one point I thought it just wasn't worth the effort since nothing was cutting. Turns out there's a right side and a wrong side to the blades. DAH! Then there's the direction of the teeth on the blades. DAH! Once I got the presser to use under control to eliminate the breaking of the blades I was on my way. With each jump ring that was successfully cut I would feel so much success and drive to do more. I am pretty sure that the process will get faster as my experience improves. The final jump rings look very professional.