Jewelry Making Tool List
I'm frequently asked about jewelry tools' recommendation to work at home.
There are many websites to purchase jewelry tools but Amazon has an amazing return policy so I personally like purchasing on Amazon.
I made a jewelry tools list from amazon and happy to share this list for our students.
I selected items that I use at the studio and at home. Some items are not specialized for jewelry making but
I found it convenient for jewelry making from my experience.
There are many expensive good tools from Germany or Switzerland but I believe if you just started, these are great choice.
Tools for both metalwork and wax
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Working Tray
Food Tray 17.87" X 14, Black
This tray is quite a big size. (17.87" X 14") If you don't have a jewelry bench with a dust collecting tray, and simply want to start making jewelry at home using a regular table or desk, this big tray is quite convenient. When I work wax curving or cutting metal at my home desk,I use this tray to collect metal and wax dust.
Bench Pin Clamp Set
3 in 1 Professional Jeweler's Saw Set Saw Frame 144 Blades Wooden Pin Clamp Wood MetalBench pin clamp and saw frame set is ideal for bench work, craft ideas, jewelry, and tools workshop. It is perfect for Drilling, Sawing, Filing and Finishing a variety of materials.This bench pin works for regular table so even you don't have special jewelry bench, still you can work at home.
Jewelry Saw Blade #0
EWELRY SAW BLADE PIKE # 0 JEWELERS SAWFRAME SAWS BLADES SWISS MADE GROBET 144PcThis is the same blade we use in our studio. Made in Switzerland.
This blade works for silver, brass, copper, bronze and other soft metals like block wax.
File Set
Preciva 18PCS File Set, 18 in1 High Carbon Steel Multipurpose File Set Includes 4PCS Flat/Triangle/Half-Round/Round Large File & 12PCS Needle File & Brush & Portable Bag.This is a perfect file set for both metal and wax. There is many different shapes of the file.
We use same file at our studio.
YOCTOSUN Head Mount Magnifier with 2 Led Professional Jeweler's Loupe Light Bracket and Headband are InterchangeableTo work small detail work, this magnifier is helpful.You can change the different lenses.
Micro Engraver
108 Pcs Engraving Tool Kit, Multi-Functional Electric Corded Micro Engraver Etching Pen DIY Rotary Tool for Jewelry Glass Wood Ceramic Metal Plastic with Scriber, 82 Accessories and 24 StencilsThis micro engraver is not so powerful compare with a shaft in our studio but still, this is a good substitute of shaft for beginners.
This is compact and portable.You can change many kinds of tips and work in many different ways like drilling holes, polishing, and wax carving.
Diamond Burr
90 Pcs Diamond Burr Bits Drill Kit for Engraving Carving Rotary Tool, 1/8"(3mm) Shank, for Glass, Gemstone, MetalAssorted diamond burrs.This is usuful for wax and metal work.It helps to curve small detail parts.
Foredom Flex Shaft
Foredom K.2230 Classic Jewelers Kit with H.30 Handpiece, 115vThis is a more professional shaft compare with a micro engraver I instroduced above. This is the same shaft in our studio and this set came with many tips.This shaft is quite powerful compare with a micro engraver but you need to hang to set this and use more space and quite expensive.(over $300).I personally think if you are completely beginner and just started jewelry making, above micro engraver can be a good start.
Hammer, Metal Ringsizer and Mandrel
HEYMOUS Ring Sizer Mandrel Measuring Tool Steel Ring Sizing Gauge Sizers Set Rubber Jeweler's Mallet Hammer Metal Finger Size Stick Wire Wrap Rings Tools Jewelry Making KitThis is a perfect set for a ring sizer, hammer and mandrel.You can check ring size with them.
Tools for wax
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Wax Pen
FindingKing Max Wax Carving Pen Shaping/Thread Burning ToolThis is the same wax pen we use in our studio.

Instantly heats up to 850 degrees F (454 degrees C) with finger pressure control.You can melt with wax easily and connect wax or repair broken part of wax curving.This works AA battery.
Wax Removing Mandrel
SE Wooden Wax Removing Mandrel for Jewelry Making - Size 1-14 Ring Sizer with Sharp Metal Edge -JT111WRThis removing mandrel is useful to adjust size of ring shape block wax.This is must item for wax curving for ring.
Wax Carving Tool Set
10 PCS Dental Wax Carvers with Case, Stainless Steel Carving Instruments - Metal Clay Pottery Sculpture Tools Set - Restorative Double Ended Waxing Modelling KitsThis is a perfect wax carving set for beginners.It comes with many different shape and price is quite affordable.If you want to buy better wax curving tool set, I like this Wolf wax curving on Rio Grande but price also quite expensive.($180).If you are beginners, I recommend starting this toolset.
Alcohol Glass Lamp
Dental Alcohol Lamp Glass Alcohol Burner Lamp Dental Lab Equipment Heating Come with Metal Cap 150mlMost of wax part, you can use wax pen but to work detail part, wax pen is too hot so difficult to work so I recommend using alcohol lamp with a needle.
Alcohol for Alcohol lamp
Sunnyside 83432 Denatured Alcohol, QuartClean burning alcohol lamp fuel.
Hand Drill Bits Set
57 Pieces Hand Drill Bits Set, Pin Vise Hand Drill, 46 Pieces Micro Twist Drill Bits and 10 Pieces PCB Mini Drill Bits for Resin Polymer Clay Craft DIY Jewelry (0.1-1mm, Random Color PCB Drill)This is hand drill bits set is a perfect set to work on a detailed part of wax. You can set a needle to work with an alcohol lamp for detailed work. It doesn't come with needles but you can use a regular sewing needle to insert for the handle.
Block Wax Assortment
Casting Wax FERRIS File A Wax Assortment ProfessionalThis is a perfect block wax assortment set.It comes with many different shape.You can make ring, bracelet and pendant with these block wax.
Ring Wax Assortment
6 Pieces Carving Wax Ring Tube Green Ring Carving Wax Hole Round Wax Tubes Ring Hard Modeling Wax for Jewelry Ring Casting Mold Kit Ring Making, Different SizesThis is a great ring block wax assorment set.
Ring Wax
Jewelry Ring Tool Green Carving Wax Tube, Carving Wax Ring Tube for Making Rings Mold Round Wax TubeIf you want to try making ring in wax at home, this is standard ring wax.I personally like hard green wax to curve detail.
16 gauge soft sheet wax
16 Gauge Ferris 3" x 6" Soft Pink Flexible Wax Sheets Jewelry Making Waxworking Casting16 gauge is about 1.3mm. There is many different thickness of sheet wax but if you want to make thinner, this sheet wax is quite soft so easily you can make thinner.You can choose thickness depends on your design and purpose.
18 gauge soft sheet wax
18 Gauge Ferris 3" x 6" Soft Pink Flexible Wax Sheets Jewelry Making Waxworking Casting18 gauge is about 1.02mm.Good thickness to make a standard ring.There is many different thickness of sheet wax but if you want to make thinner, this sheet wax is quite soft so easily you can make thinner.You can choose thickness depends on your design and purpose.
Wire Wax Assortment
Casting Wax Wire Assortmenthis is wire wax assortment set.It comes with a round and half-round.
Dura-Gold Premium 3-2/3" x 9" Wet or Dry SandpaperFor block type wax, you can use this sandpaper to make smooth.
Exacto Knife
JTIEO 74 Pack Hobby Knife Exacto Knife with 4 Upgrade Sharp Hobby Knives and 70 Spare Craft Knife Blades for Art, Scrapbooking,StencilTo cut wax, this is convinience.
Wax Caliper
Dental Wax Caliper to Measure Wax Sheet Thickness from 0-10mm, for Rubber, Metal, or Leather Sheets from ARTMAN INSTRUMENTSTo check wax thickness, especially when you hollow ring, this tool helps to check thickness.
Tools for metal work
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Soldering Kit
Eurotool Basic Soldering Kit with Pickle Pot | KIT-200.10I imagine that most of my students don't want to use the torch and gas tank at home to avoid trouble with a landlord. Many students prefer to work soldering work at our studio even they make jewelry at home; however, if you want to set a soldering environment, maybe this small portable torch could be safer and a good choice for beginners. This kit comes with all you need for soldering, including solder, flux and pickle pot and tweezer.
Jewelers Plier Set
WORKPRO 7-Piece Jewelers Pliers Set, Jewelry Making Tools Kit with Easy Carrying PouchBending metal and cutting metal, you need to use a plier. This is a perfect set of many types of pliers.
German Flat Nose Pliers
The Beadsmith Platinum Series German Flat Nose Pliers, 4.75 inches (120mm) with Polished Steel Head, red and Black Ergonomic Comfort Grip Handle and Double-Leaf Spring, Tool for Jewelry MakingThis is good quality plier from Germany.If you are ready to spend money for good quality plier, I recommend to buy this.
Stone setting pliers
Mazbot Prong Closing and Stone Setting PliersThis is special plier to fold prong for stone setting.
Metal Stamping Hammer
Steel Bench Block and Metal Stamping Hammer Kit, No-Rebound Metal Bench Block, Jewelry Stamping Hammer, Jewelry Metal Stamping Tools for Jewelry Making & Metal StampingStamping letters on metal, this hammer is good choice.
Texturing Hammer
Texturing Hammer with 9 Interchangeable FacesYou can give many different textures with stamp.
Stamp Set Kit (2mm)
PMC Supplies LLC 2 MM 5/64" 36 Piece Steel Alphabet Letters and Numbers Stamp Set Kit Marking Punching Jewelry MakingThis is quite affordable 2mm size metal stamp of numbers and capital letter stamps.
Stamp Set Kit (1.5mm)
PH PandaHall 36 Pcs Letter and Number Metal Stamp Set, 1/20 inch 1.5mm Alphabet A-Z and Number 0-9 and Symbol, Iron Uppercase Stamps Punch Press Tool for Imprinting on Metal Jewelry Leather WoodThis is quite affordable 1.5 mm size metal stamp of numbers and capital letter stamps.
Silver and brass oxidization gel
The Beadsmith XL Gel, Liver of Sulfur Extended Life Gel, 1 Fluid Ounce (29ml) Bottle, Apply a Patina Finish to Silver, Copper, and Other Metal for Oxidized Look on Art and Jewelry ProjectsYou can oxidize silver and brass with this gel. This is a different type of oxidizing solution but this looks a good choice for the price.
Yellow Brass 18 Gauge Sheet - 6" x 6"
2 Pcs Brass Sheet, 6" x 6", 18 Gauge(1mm) Thickness, No Scratches, Film Attached Brass PlatesThis brass sheet is good thickness for making ring.
18 gauge is about 1 mm.You can practice stamping in this metal too.
Yellow Brass 16 Gauge Sheet - 6" x 6"
16 Gauge Brass Sheet,H62 Brass Plates Metal 0.047" Thickness x 5.9" Width x 5.9" Lenght, for Models, Crafts, Repairs, Electrical, 2PcsThis brass sheet is good thickness for making ring.
16 gauge is about 1.3 - 1.5 mm.You can practice stamping in this metal too.
Sterling silver 3" x 2" 18 Gauge
3"x2" Solid Sterling, 925 Silver Sheet, 16 to 30 Gauge Dead Soft, Made in USA … (18 Gauge)This sterling silver sheet is good thickness for making ring.
18 gauge is about 1 mm.
Acid compound
SPAREX No 2 Granular Dry Acid Pickling Compound 10oz for Cleaning OxidationYou can use this acid compound for pickle for silver and brass.(If you buy soldering kit, it is included this!).

Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen Peroxide Antiseptic Solution, 16 Fl Oz (Pack of 3)You can use this solution for pickle for brass.

Tumbler (large)
Frankford Arsenal Platinum Series Rotary Tumbler Lite with Clear Viewing Window and Leakproof Seal for Cleaning and Polishing During ReloadingTo polish metal shiner, the tumbler is a convenient machine.
You use this with stainless steel media shot.
This tumbler is the same tumbler we use at our studio.It doesn't leak and It is enough size for the bigger item too.
If you think about your space and prefer to have a smaller one, you can check the below one.
Tumbler (small)
BestEquip Jewelry Polisher Tumbler 3kg 6.6Lbs Capacity Jewelry Polishing Finishing Machine 45W Mini Polisher Tumbler with Glass Barrel Lock Buckle Rotary Tumbler Surface Polisher for Jewelry PolishingThis tumbler is a smaller tumbler we used to have at our studio. This is compact and a good size for the smaller items like simple bracelets and rings etc. I expect most of the students don't make a bigger mask or long cuff like me so If you think about your space and prefer to have a smaller one, this is a perfect choice.
Tumbling Media Shot
1 LB 1/8" Stainless Steel Tumbling Media Shot Jewelers Mix 4 Shapes Tumbler FinishingYou need this media shot for a tumbler. You add this with water and hand soap.