How to Cut Designs Out of Metal

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Want to make your own pendants, keychains and earrings? The first step is cutting a design out of metal sheet. You can use silver, copper, brass or any other thin metal sheet that you prefer. The possibilities are endless so read on to find out how you can get started.

Things You'll Need

  • paper and pen
  • rubber cement
  • jeweler's saw
  • clamp-on bench pin
  • jewelry saw blades
  • sheet metal
  • wax
  • To start out, you will need to purchase some jewelry supplies. Most jewelry supplies must be purchased online as there are few stores that carry the supplies. RioGrande.com should have all of the supplies needed here. You need to order sheet metal, a jeweler's saw, saw blades and a clamp-on bench pin. You might also find these items on Etsy.com or Ebay.com.

  • Once you have all of your supplies, draw your design on a piece of paper. Now coat the back of your design with rubber cement. You will also need to coat the piece of metal with rubber cement. They both need to completely dry before you stick them together. After they have dried, stick the drawing on the metal.

  • Now you can start cutting your metal. Place the metal piece with your design on top of the bench pin. Start the saw by sliding it up the metal at an angle and then coming down straight. Proceed cutting in an up and down motion. Don't angle the saw. Move the metal piece around to help the saw move around the design. If the saw sticks, slide a piece of wax down the blade.

  • When you come to the end of the design, make sure that your fingers are clear of the saw blade as it might jump forwards. If you need to cut out any interior spaces, you can use a small drill bit to drill a hole in the spot. Then thread your saw blade through the piece and tighten it again. Then continue cutting.

  • Once you have cut out the design, you are done. I hope you enjoy experimenting with your designs in metal.

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