Trick VIII: Heavy Lifting

You don't think of needing to perform heavy lifting while working at the bench, but certain jobs require precise movement of thick and heavy precious metal materials that often are not easy to bend. In this article, we look at a prong lifter modified by Jeffrey Mathews, a JA® Certified Master Bench Jeweler™ from Dallas, Texas, that he uses to perform a variety of bending procedures. Starting with a standard prong lifter: Illustration A – Mathews uses a sanding disc to round out and smooth one side of the prong lifter. When sanding is finished, he polishes the specific area. This ensures that the tool will not scar the material with which he will be working. Illustration B – The tool is originally designed as a prong lifter and is used in the fashion illustrated. Because of Mathews' finishing technique, no tool marks will be transferred to the prong. Illustration C – Wh

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