Can You Identify These Jewelry-Making Tools?

By: Jacqueline Samaroo
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4 min
polishing cloth Can you name this item used for giving jewelry a sparkling finish?
chasing hammer
crimp tool
polishing cloth
Jewelry polishing cloths often have a polishing agent, such as red rouge, already embedded into the material. Some can be used to clean all types of metal (gold, silver, brass, chrome and copper, for instance), while others may be designed for a specific metal, such as silver.
beading board

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flat nose pliers Do you know the name of this handy tool?
flat nose pliers
Jewelry makers often work with thin wires which are much easier to grip and bend when you have a pair (or two) of pliers at hand. Flat nose pliers work very well when used along with a pair of chain nose pliers.
benchtop polisher
needle file
polishing wheel

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vise What is the name of this device used to grasp a work piece?
jeweler’s saw
finger guards
texturing hammer
vise
A bench-mounted vise leaves you with both hands free to work on a particular piece of jewelry. Some are specifically designed to swivel and tilt to different angles while others are meant for holding an item while it is being drilled.

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tweezers Can you spot the name of this common grooming tool?
tweezers
A pair of tweezers makes it easy for jewelry makers to pick up and place the very small items they often work with. Tweezers come in many variations, including locking tweezers, magnetic tweezers and soldering tweezers. They also vary according to the shape of their tips.
emery stick
double horn anvil
chain nose pliers

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headband magnifier Do you know the name of this wearable tool?
wood block
headband magnifier
Headband magnifiers are ideal for precision jobs which require a close-up view of the item being worked on. Many headband magnifiers conveniently fit over prescription glasses and come with two or more interchangeable lenses.
rawhide mallet
memory wire cutters

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digital scale Do you recognize this gadget used for measuring weights?
round nose pliers
soldering torch
red rouge
digital scale
Small but versatile, this device allows the jewelry maker to take accurate measurements. Digital scales are often calibrated to read as low as 0.004 ounces (0.1 grams).

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ring sizing mandrel Which tapered jewelry maker’s tool is shown here?
riveting hammer
ring sizing mandrel
A ring sizing mandrel can be put to a variety of uses, including finding the size of an already-made ring. It is also useful for reshaping a bent ring, widening a ring or for making a ring to a specific size. Jewelry makers also use bracelet sizing mandrels for similar purposes.
polishing cloth
eye loupe

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chasing hammer Which pounding tool is shown here?
double third hand holder
finger sizing gauge
chasing hammer
The chasing hammer can be used on its own or to strike other tools when engraving or embossing items. Apart from design work, it can also be used for flattening wires and for riveting.
side cutters

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design stamps What name is given to the decorating tool in this image?
beading needles
design stamps
The variety of design stamps and punches seems to be just as unlimited as the range of items they can be used to decorate. In fact, you can get stamps made with your very own original design.
bead reamer set
safety goggles

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wood block What name does the chunk of timber shown here go by?
memory wire cutters
safety goggles
beading needles
wood block
The jewelry maker’s wood block provides a safe, soft and smooth surface when working with delicate items which might scratch easily. Some blocks are made with one side of wood and the other of hardened steel for use when working with tougher materials.

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benchtop polisher Can you name this tool used for adding a shine to items?
benchtop polisher
The benchtop polisher used by most jewelers is a small but powerful and indispensable machine. Most feature a tapered spindle at either end for holding pieces of various sizes.
texturing hammer
soldering torch
ring stretcher

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red rouge Which polishing compound is shown in this picture?
side cutters
beading board
red rouge
Red rouge has been used by jewelry makers for hundreds for years, so much so, in fact, that it is often referred to as “jeweler's rouge.” It is actually ferric oxide, also known as iron(III) oxide.
knotting tool

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round nose pliers What name is given to the gripping tool shown in this photo?
round nose pliers
A pair of round nose pliers becomes a valuable tool when forming wire into rounded elements. Its tapered point makes it easy for the jewelry maker to form loops of various sizes.
polishing wheel
vise
needle file

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riveting hammer Do you recognize the pounding tool shown here?
finger guards
riveting hammer
Rivets do more than securely join work pieces together. They can make an item more functional, interactive and fun to wear. That makes the riveting hammer an essential tool for every jewelry maker to have and know how to use properly.
radial bristle disc
eye loupe

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emery stick Can you name the popular finishing tool shown here?
emery stick
This simple yet effective tool is made from emery paper glued to a stick. Just like ordinary sandpaper, emery sticks can be bought in different grades of roughness to suit the metal or other material being worked on.
jeweler’s saw
digital pocket scale
soldering pick

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crimp tool Which name is given to this special pair of pliers?
ring sizing mandrel
double third hand holder
double horn anvil
crimp tool
The crimp tool is also called crimping pliers or crimpers. Jewelry makers use the crimp tool along with crimp beads and crimp tubes as a way to secure clasps at the ends of beading wire. Crimping can also ensure that beads stay on position once they are placed on a work piece.

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memory wire cutters What are these specially made nipping tools called?
design stamps
bead reamer set
memory wire cutters
Memory wire is a very strong material which keeps its shape and is very hard to unbend. It is therefore great for making pre-shaped bangles, necklaces and rings but can be brutal on ordinary wire cutters. That is why it is always recommended that you use memory wire cutters when doing any job with memory wire.
polishing cloth

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knotting tool Can you name this device used for making ties in cord?
microscope
finger sizing gauge
knotting tool
This handy little gadget comes in a wide variety of designs but all with the same purpose. They help you make neat knots just before and after beads and pearls as you string them onto thread or cord. The knotting tool is also known as a knotter.
headband magnifiers

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beading board Which helpful device is shown in this picture?
eye loupe
chain nose pliers
flat nose pliers
beading board
The beading board lets jewelry makers set out beads for a necklace or bracelet according to the desired length. With the beading board, you can rearrange the beads as much as you like until you get the perfect design, then go ahead and string your beads.

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finger sizing gauge Do you know the name of these measuring rings?
finger sizing gauge
Most sets of finger sizing gauges come with whole and half sizes which helps to take the guesswork out of creating the right-sized ring for a customer. Some sets are sold as wide bands and are used for gauging items such as wedding rings and graduation rings which usually have to be slightly larger to pass over the wearer’s knuckles.
tweezers
crimp tool
wood block

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double horn anvil Can you identify the tough work surface shown here?
riveting hammer
ring stretcher
safety goggles
double horn anvil
Heavy, hardened and smooth – those are the best words to describe a really good anvil. If it’s heavy, then it will not move around while you are working on it. If it is hard and smooth, then you know it will not scratch or otherwise damage the item you are working on.

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beading needle Do you know the name of this handy tool?
beading needle
Beading needles come in a range of designs. Some look very much like regular sewing needles, and others have large flexible eyes so they can fit through beads with different-sized holes. Some beading needles are made of bendable wire with a loop at one end and are ideal for use on curved beads.
red rouge
double third hand holder
microscope

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jeweler’s saw Which useful cutting tool is shown in this image?
round nose pliers
jeweler’s saw
The jeweler’s saw resembles a hacksaw, but its blades are more delicate and quite prone to breaking. To accommodate this, the saw is adjustable so that smaller, broken pieces of blade can be fitted into it. The jeweler’s saw is also referred to as a piercing saw.
digital pocket scale
radial bristle disc

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needle file What is the name of the smoothing and shaping tool pictured here?
chasing hammer
needle file
Needle files are much smaller and thinner than regular files, making them quite suited to the work done by jewelry makers. They are ideal for precision jobs and leave a very smooth surface after use.
rawhide mallet
soldering torch

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bead reamer set Can you name the versatile tool shown in this photo?
bead reamer set
Jewelry makers very often use beads in their creations, and so a bead reamer is a very handy tool for them to have. With a bead reamer you can widen a bead’s hole, make the edge of the hole smoother or remove debris which has lodged inside the hole.
wood block
design stamps
benchtop polisher

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side cutters Which special type of pliers is shown in this image?
soldering pick
texturing hammer
side cutters
The side cutters used by jewelers work well at cutting jewelry wire such as copper or gold wire, but they are not meant for everyday rigorous work. Side cutters are also called wire cutters or diagonal pliers.
bead spacing gauge

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soldering torch What is the name given to this convenient heat source?
microscope
emery stick
ring sizing mandrel
soldering torch
Jewelers who use solder tend to prefer silver solder as it is strong, durable and suits many different situations. Using silver solder, however, requires very high temperatures, and that is where the soldering torch comes in.

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chain nose pliers Can you identify the loop-making tool in this photo?
vise
chain nose pliers
Chain nose pliers are often referred to as a type of round nose pliers, but most jewelry makers prefer to have both. These pliers are very effective for making loops in wires, such as when jewelers make their own chain links.
tweezers
knotting tool

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rawhide mallet What name is given to this striking tool?
rawhide mallet
The mallet is a popular tool among jewelry makers, as it allows you to hit the work piece with gentle but effective blows. The head of a jewelry maker’s mallet is typically made of plastic, rubber or rawhide, but heads made of metal (for example, brass) also have their uses.
radial bristle disc
finger guards
red rouge

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soldering pick Which high-temperature tool is shown here?
crimp tool
double horn anvil
jeweler’s saw
soldering pick
The soldering pick is used to push or lift solder into position while soldering. Care must be taken not to melt the pick itself or to accidentally attach it to the item being worked on.

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eye loupe Do you know the name of this small magnifier?
needle file
eye loupe
The eye loupe or hand lens is a small and convenient magnifying tool. A common eye loupe design allows the lens to be folded into the housing for protection when the device is not in use.
ring stretcher
ring sizing mandrel

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polishing wheel Do you recognize this tool used for shining and buffing?
flat nose pliers
round nose pliers
polishing wheel
Polishing and buffing wheels are great for adding the finishing touches to an item. They are made of different types of materials, such as silicone, cotton muslin, felt and wool. Some polishing and buffing wheels are sold with a polishing agent embedded in the material.
rawhide mallet

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safety goggles Can you name this piece of protective gear?
safety goggles
Jewelry makers are exposed to bits of flying metal, chemical splatter and the sharp edges of cut wires. Any of these can cause major eye damage, and so it is wise to invest in a good pair of safety goggles or safety glasses.
polishing cloth
knotting tool
headband magnifiers

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finger guards What name is given to this safety item?
bead spacing gauge
emery stick
design stamps
finger guard
Very small work pieces and very sharp tools put the jewelry maker’s fingers at risk. Protective finger guards are typically made of leather, rubber or rolled-up extra-strength, heat-resistant tape.

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texturing hammer Can you name this tool used for adding a bit of roughness to an item?
benchtop polisher
texturing hammer
This hammer is an easy way to add textures to sheet metal. Each texturing hammer usually offers a different design on each side of its head, and some hammers are sold with multiple interchangeable heads for greater creativity.
side cutters
soldering pick

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ring stretcher Which name is given to this widening tool?
memory wire cutters
tweezers
headband magnifiers
ring stretcher
A ring stretcher provides a safe, virtually risk-free way of increasing the diameter of a ring. That said, care must still be taken not to over widen the ring as this can lead to breakage.

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double third hand holder Do you know what this indispensable assistant is called?
double third hand holder
Three hands are always better than two when you are a jewelry maker, but with the double third hand holder, jewelers get the four-hand advantage! Variations to this tool include having either tweezers or clamps as the “hands,” as well as the inclusion of a magnifying glass on some models.
riveting hammer
bead spacing gauge
bead reamer set

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bead spacing gauge Which placement guide is shown in this picture?
digital pocket scale
finger sizing gauge
bead spacing gauge
Accurate bead spacing is important, especially when making a uniformed or symmetrical item. With the bead spacing gauge, you can also determine beforehand the number of beads which will be needed for a particular item.
polishing wheel

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microscope What is the name of this common piece of apparatus?
microscope
A microscope is just one of the various types of magnifying tools used by jewelry makers. A powerful microscope allows you to view fine details in an item, especially those which require precision work.
vise
chain nose pliers
beading board

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radial bristle disc Do you know what this spiky item is called?
flat nose pliers
chasing hammer
radial bristle disc
Radial bristle discs are typically used for polishing items. They are sold in different diameters, as well as varying degrees of coarseness or grit.
beading needles

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