This week on the CRAFT Video learn some basics of fine metalworking. With a few simple tools, you can create neat shapes from copper (or silver or brass) sheet and add some fun texture. I made this copper and silver “triple bypass” get-well card for MAKE Senior Editor Gareth Branwyn, who’s recovering from surgery.
Materials and tools:
- jeweler’s saw frame with extra blades
- copper sheet
- jeweler’s files
- wet-dry sandpaper, 400 grit (hardware store)
- design on standard printer paper
- rubber cement
- copper etchant (ferric chloride or sodium persulfate)
- various sized permanent markers
- acetone or denatured alcohol (hardware store)
- conti crayon and/or colored pencils
- silver wire
- Dremel or other handheld rotary tool
- drill bit
- ball-peen hammer
- scrap wood
- steel surface for hammering
- pliers and wire cutters
Most of these jewelry supplies can be ordered from Rio Grande. Check online to find a local jewelry supply shop, since they’re usually really knowledgeable and helpful. If you live around Phoenix, AZ, try Lonnie’s.
For more cool metalwork, check out our metalwork archive.