How Are Needle Files Used in Jewelry Making?
Needle files are small files used to finish and shape metal. They come in various shapes - round, half round, square, triangle, flat and barrett.0
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Needle files are small files used to finish and shape metal. They have a smooth edge on one side so they don't mark the metal when you are filing in tight spaces. They come in various shapes - round, half round, square, triangle, flat and barrett. They come in coarseness of fine, medium, course and extra coarse. Make sure to at least have one in fine and one in coarse. Buying a set of various shapes is a good place to start and additional ones can be purchased as you need them.
- Gesswein offers starter sets on their website in packs of the desired shapes. Perfect for students and professional jewelers alike.
- Amazon carries a less expensive set of needle files.
Purchasing handles for your needle files is recommended. The file handles are small and hard to grip. Buying handles for the file ends will make them easier to hold.
Gesswein also has a nice selection of needle file handles. Graver-style handles are inexpensive and effective, but any handle is better than none.
Jewelry Needle Files Recommendations
|Photo||Name||Top Reviews on Amazon|
|Needle File Set|6 Piece|
"Often, when I use wire and a mandrel to make my own rings, I use these files on the cut ends, so that when I close the rings, they will be as flush as possible. These files are easy to handle and small enough to adequately file the small ring closures without marring the rest of the ring. I love them! Also, Hazlo Homeowner Tools shipped the files right out, no delay, and I quickly received them. Moreover, you can't beat the price! A bargain!" read more
|10Pcs Needle File Set|
"I purchased these small files to help me detail small projects that I prototype.
|10-Piece Mini Diamond Needle File|
"These are nice for getting into tight spaces and filing tiny jewelry components and small wires. It's great to have an assortment which fit different situations."read more
|Mini Needle File Set|
"I am a jeweler and these are fantastic tools that are an integral part of my finishing kit. In fact, I have found them so useful that I have purchased 2 more sets to have available for my travel and backup setups. They are very handy files that do a fantastic job and get into all those hard to reach places. Highly recommended!" read more
|SE Tapered Diamond Needle File Set|
"These are the best files for the price I have found. They have given me the confidence and the capability to complete several very fine modification projects recently.
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Megan Coward, Graduate Jeweler Gemologist, GIA, Graduate Gemologist
Megan Coward is a graduate of the GIA with Graduate Jeweler Gemologist and Graduate Gemologist accreditations. She has 20+ years in the retail jewelry industry in various roles including as a diamond buyer and gemstone appraiser.
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