Bench Tricks

Trick: Making Small Jump Rings Exactly the Same Size Bench jewelers who process a lot of work sometimes take short cuts to save time. In a perfect world, bench jewelers could work efficiently and not sacrifice quality. JAr Certified Master Bench JewelerT Jeffrey Mathews of Jeffrey Mathews Designs, Dallas, Texas, is one of those fast workers who has developed a variety of methods and tools for ensuring that his workmanship meets the highest quality standards-at all times. Mathews shares the following bench trick for making small jump-rings exactly the same size: Using 1.5-mm copper wire, fashion an adjustable "stop" modeled after the device shown within the green circle (see illustration #1). Place a jump-ring of the exact size needed on the small round mandrel and tape the stop to the small jump-ring mandrel at the precise location. Next, c
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