Jewellery Making Tools & Equipment
At some point most jewellers find that it is essential to involve some rotary equipment to help with polishing and drilling. Polishing with a machine produces a much quicker and often better finish than can be achieved by hand.
At a very basic level a pendant motor or pendant motor will be sufficient to perform most polishing or drilling tasks. A bench polisher however speeds the process up again and with the right technique does give a better finish.
The benefit of a micromotor over a traditional pendant motor is that rather than a bulky flexshaft it features a far more flexible cable. This takes the weight out and allows the Jeweller far easier movement and less weight. Vibration is also vastly reduced and makes for a nice smooth tool to use. This has big benefits particularly in stone setting as the speed increases far smoother than a pendant motor which can ‘kick’ start.
An excellent entry level machine is the Strong 209 micromotor. It is so neat and small that it can be transported to classes and fits in the smallest of workspaces without the need of a hanger. Ideal for small bobs and wheels and more than capable of taking burrs for stone setting.
A very popular professional system is the Maxforce micromotor. Offering good torque as well as being comfortable working long periods of time it is a good choice for larger workshops getting a lot of use.
The benefit of a pendant motor is that they often offer more torque than a micromotor system. This means that larger mops can be used and more force put into polishing. They do however have slightly more bulk particularly in the shaft which for very precise work can be awkward. For beginners and a lot of makers this isn’t a problem and the cheaper price is very attractive.
The essential item for anyone using a pendant motor is a motor stand. This keeps the motor above head level so the flex shaft hangs comfortably by your arm ready for use. It keeps the weight off making the shaft less encumbered.
For a basic entry level pendant motor that perform very well we would recommend our LY128 pendant motor. Benefiting from a chuck hand piece it can be tightened down on to a range of spindle sizes. The power is good and copes very well with polishing for long periods.
An excellent step up from this is the Fordom SR. With the flexibility to change handpiece it is a motor which offers far more scope for professional jewellers. This is a very popular pendant drill and quite rightly so, it is a nice machine to use.
An excellent place to start is with a Foredom Bench Lathe. This little bench polisher is powerful but small enough to fit on the smallest of work benches. Used with smaller mops in the range of 50 – 75mm diameter it is very capable of finishing small rings right up to bangles or torques.
We do a range of bench polishers which take larger 100mm and 150mm mops suitable for larger work and larger workshops. Particularly if more large scale work such as bangles or silverware is being produced a larger machine is more suitable.
A bench polisher allows you to use the following mops...
Sandblasting jewellery to create lovely satin finishes or cleaning up castings can be done in your on studio with one of our neat jewellery sandblasters.
We offer a very neat sandblaster for small scale jewellery work. This machine is extremely handy for cleaning up castings and for applying decorative satin finishes. The fine nozzles are specifically suited to jewellery work which is hard to find.
Ultrasonic polishing is a fairly new technique for the jewellery trade. Using ultrasonic waves to create a reciprocating action on a very small scale. Ideal for work where standard rotary tools can’t get to and ideal for flat surfaces that need to remain as flat as possible. We offer different machines to suit larger and smaller scale users.
Our range of ceramic stones suit use in an ultrasonic polisher. The fine grits leave a very flat, smooth finish. Shape them to get into tight spots.
Jewellery Making Tools - Best Sellers (products)
Moleroda manufactures and supplies an extensive range of jewellery making tools and jewellery polishing and deburring equipment. Here's just a small selection of our best selling products:
Screw Top Mandrel – Small MM503£2.44 incl VAT Select options
Strong 209 Micromotor system with handpiece and foot control£239.99 incl VAT Select options
LY128 Pendant Motor£6.00 – £178.80 incl VAT Select options
Bench Grinder Tapers/Pigtails£9.28 – £17.30 incl VAT Select options
Pendant Motor Stand – for hanging pendant motors£42.60 incl VAT Select options
Foredom Handpieces for Pendant Motor£74.40 – £358.80 incl VAT Select options
Maxima and Strong Collets & Reducers£12.46 – £24.80 incl VAT Select options
Glass Beads for Shot Blasting£45.12 incl VAT Select options
Foredom Bench Lathe M.BL£178.80 incl VAT Add to basket
Split Pin Mandrel – for polishing with emery£2.17 – £3.28 incl VAT Select options
Small Tapered Mandrels MM301£3.71 incl VAT Select options
Double Handle Mop Dresser£17.89 incl VAT Add to basket