What Are Shears Used for in Jewelry Making?

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Shears are extremely useful for trimming smaller pieces of solder from large sheets of solder. The blades should be stainless steel.

Gesswein also offers a variety of them for sale on its website.

Jewelry Shears Recommendations

PhotoTitleNameTop Reviews on Amazon
French Shears, Curved...image French Shears, Curved Blades with Spring, 7 Inches | SHR-531.01 French Shears, Curved Blades with Spring

"I like this sheers a lot! They work well cutting sterling silver sheet for jewelry making. Be careful when cutting metal. This sheer is strong enough to cut your skin.read more

Mazbot French Style...image Mazbot French Style Curved Metal Shears with Spring T076C Mazbot French Style Curved Metal Shears

"As a student of jewelry casting and silversmithing, I found these sheers to be extremely helpful for trimming silver sheet and general small silver cutting jobs where a saw would be more cumbersome and time consuming. These sheers are quite sharp and nimble with their curved cutting blade. I find these to be a very good value for the price and I anticipate that they are sturdy enough to last for a long time. I appreciate the value here as obtaining a wide range of silversmith tools and supplies can become very costly.read more

French Shears, Straight,...image French Shears, Straight, 7 Inches | SHR-530.00 French Shears, Straight, 7 Inches | SHR-530.00

"When I need it, this tool is working out very well for me. I don't make jewelry full time. If I did, I would have spent a little more money and bought the French shears with a spring in the handle." read more

VINTAJ 7IN PLATE...image VINTAJ 7IN PLATE SHEAR Beadsmith Vintaj 7" Plate Shear with Spring

"This works fantastic on my thinner/lighter gauge or soft metals- much better than my metal saw does. However, the biggest issue with metal shears is that you can only cut so far into the metal before you have to start bending it just to reach. So these are great if you are, for example, cutting rough shapes (such as metal stamping blanks) but it is a struggle if you need to do something like cut a straight strip off a larger piece of metal.

A feature I like is the handle, the grip coating is solid and does not make your hand ache the way other models do. It also has an easy swing catch on the bottom to keep the shears closed. They are very easy to sharpen as well.

However, they are not intended to replace a jeweler's saw so for the purpose that they are intended to serve, they get five stars from me. Tim Holtz/Vintaj products almost always impress me, it is a brand that truly lives up to the hype.
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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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