Jewelry Making Tips - My Bench Skin

ok back to spreading the jewelry making tips and tricks....

after a few years of no jewelry making,
I spent 4 days cleaning my bench area
(and creating a pile of crap in front of it)
I got rid of all the 'stuff' I never used,
moved things around and made it more efficient.

Ok so today's tip...

I use a BENCH SKIN that I made from a piece of leather and grommets.
I hang it from hooks beneath my bench to catch all the silver filings and scrap,
and a few bounced gems or anything else I have butter fingers on.
It's large enough to have the front lay in my lap as I saw.
When I'm not sawing I can fold it back into itself a bit and it's out of my way.
I used the smooth side up so it's easy to use an index card to lift the silver filings and into my 'scrap' bag.

I've used other people's setups where they have a drawer that catches the filings.
However I sit extremely low in comparison to other people and I would constantly hit my elbow on that darn drawer! So this works well for me. Plus my bench was handmade for me by a friend so it's not your standard setup.

A word on my collection of scrap filings...
anyone who makes things out of gold or silver should (and most likely does) save all scrap because IT'S VALUABLE! We save it and trade it back in to get MONEY or CREDIT! I hold on to it until silver prices skyrocket then I send it in to my favorite jewelry supply shop There are other places to refine your metal if you don't want to set up an account at Rio Grande.

So to anyone who buys ECO FRIENDLY METAL thinking they are doing the right thing you have a great intention but are being bamboozled by savvy sellers hitting that emotional ecological button of yours. We all reuse metals as much as possible but we don't own refineries so no one can say where their specific sheet or wire or ingot came from.
It's my greatest pet peeve when I run across someone selling under this guise.
The more you know, the better decisions you can make.

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