Packing Jewelry Tools for Travel: Helen Driggs’ Tips | Jewelry

Equipment are an important section of jewelry producing. No make any difference what amount maker you are—from occasional jewelry maker to comprehensive-fledged bench jeweler—you’ve in all probability used a little fortune in buying jewellery resources. And, if you are interested in finding out extra approaches, you’ll almost certainly get a class or workshop. In that scenario, you are going to conclusion up carting your resources across town or, in my case, throughout the nation.

When I shot various periods for my online video, Metalsmith Essentials: Primary Fabrication, I wound up shipping and delivery my applications 1,500 miles every single way to the studio. As I appeared out the window of the plane, I understood my babies have been traveling as easily as I was, simply because I had secured them for their lengthy journey.

Since I’d packed hand resources, I realized they would have a great possibility of not currently being damaged or damaged. My movie footage bundled method basics—sawing, filing, sanding and hammering—requiring very a great deal the primary software kit each metalsmith carries with them to workshops or classes. I adopted my typical treatment for packing: secure the working finishes of the applications, bind them tightly together with cloth or bubble wrap, and pack them so they don’t move about in the carton. I have designed many resource carrying kits in excess of the years, so I known as them into service as perfectly.

Tools, techniques, and tips abound for the flex shaft in Andy Cooperman’s workshop.

In this article are a couple of recommendations for transporting your jewellery resources in consolation and security.

Approach for the Worst, Hope for the Best

You can in no way predict what will take place, even with insured and hyper-documented shipping services. I the moment mailed myself a box of applications and chopping rough utilizing each feasible delivery safety attainable: insurance policies, tracking, and almost everything else. Then, the offer went lacking for just about 4 months anyway. It did eventually present up on my porch, wrapped in significant shrink plastic and on the lookout like it experienced used various months in a soiled puddle and then baking in the sun. Inside the tattered box, the resources had been good and everything was intact—because I had organized for as lots of shipping and delivery disasters as achievable.

My jeweler’s file wallet ran in a column in the December 2010 concern of Lapidary Journal Jewellery Artist. For directions to make your have, print and use my jewelry-file wallet pattern. It calls for only rudimentary sewing competencies, and it’s a wonderful way to retain jewellery documents from abrading in opposition to each and every other through shipping and delivery.

Learn to file properly using the tools in this image with our free How to Make Metal Jewelry eBook.

Pack Jewellery Instruments Like A Pro

These are the seven lethal sins for jeweler’s instruments becoming delivered: fall, crush, damp, moist, bend, spill, open. Hold them in your brain as you put together your jewellery-earning resources for their journey. If you do, your resources will vacation intact and arrive completely ready to use when you unpack.

The most essential things to do when shipping and delivery is to protect the doing work surfaces, protect against shifting in the shipping carton, and protect against exposure to any variety of dampness. You do not need to have to spend a lot of revenue:

  • Previous, orphaned socks make flawlessly fantastic hammer covers.
  • Plastic deli containers with snap-on lids work well for pliers, center punches, scissors, scribes, stamps, and other short, stout equipment.
  • Make a “jellyroll” out of bubble wrap, roll applications up in it, and place the roll in a container with the lid snapped on tight.
  • Conserve those people silica-gel packets that occur in shoes, electronics, and other consumer items. They are great to drop in plastic bags and containers as a tiny insurance plan against moisture when transport.

Use strapping tape with fiberglass filaments to safe the carton, since metal is actually significant and cardboard is no match for it.

If you are flying, you just cannot consider instruments in your have-on bag(s). Don’t forget, it is just about assured that TSA will open up your checked bag(s) and hand examine them when the X-ray device detects metal in there. Do them and oneself a favor:

  • Pack the tools in see-via plastic baggage and place them on leading of the clothes for uncomplicated inspection.
  • Set your small business playing cards in the bags with the jewelry resources so your items keep with each other. I put my Jewellery Artist small business card right on the outside of the distinct box with a layer of see-through tape so it is apparent why I’m carrying jewellery resources and odd minor bits of metallic in my bag.
  • Transparent snap-major plastic photograph bins perform good for metallic and small equipment.

If you can manage it, and if you vacation a lot, get a designated set of vacation jewellery applications. That way, if they do go lacking, you have a backup at household.

Learn to use jewelry-making tools with our Beginner Basics collection.

Perfectly, I’m off to pack—I’ve received to get my jewellery applications prepared for their subsequent journey. Meanwhile, regardless of whether you are new to metalwork or are a more professional jewellery maker intrigued in boosting your metalsmithing expertise, there are two full several hours of should-know strategies in my Metalsmith Necessities video clip. It is the top useful resource to assistance you master or make improvements to your capabilities in sawing, hammering, filing and sanding, metals. Speaking of sawing, here’s a absolutely free sawing observe pattern sheet to support you boost your sawing expertise.

Do you have recommendations for traveling with jewelry applications? Make sure you share them in the remarks underneath.


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At first printed December 6, 2010. Updated 8/4/2022. 

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