Piercing saws have replaceable blades that are held in place, stretched tight, between two wing nuts. The blades are like mini saws, with tiny sharp teeth all facing in the one direction. Blades can be very fine, for piercing out from thinner sheets of metal, while heavier blades are required when working with thicker pieces. Blades do snap – it’s the nature of the beast! A key trick when piercing is not to hold the handle of the saw too tight – if it’s clenched in the hand, the maker is not clearly not relaxed, and the piercing is not going to flow at all. Benchpegs (and fingers) do get cut when a piercing saw slips, but this happens less and less as jewellery making skills improve!
When we make the shaped bodies for the Stonechat birds in our Birdie pendant, we use a very fine blade to make piercing out such a small and curved shape from a slim sheet of metal as easy and fluid as possible.
Isn’t the little Stonechat sweet? To see more variations on our Birdie collection, click here.
In our next ‘Behind the Scenes’ blog about making jewellery we’ll progress on to files, big and small, rough and fine, and how key filing is for removing and shaping metal. We will also be running a ‘Questions and Answers’ blog series soon, so if you have any questions about the workshop (or other aspects of Stonechat Jewellers) please send them on to us at firstname.lastname@example.org