This jewelry tutorial shows you how to make hinge through a comprehensive guide and easy to follow steps:
- - Fitting tubing to plate
- - Soldering techniques
- - Piercing and filing
- - Using binding wire correctly
- This tutorial can be made in a standard smithing workshop. You will need:
- - Metal : silver or gold or other
The hinge is important in jewelry manufacture, and is used in many forms, like bangles, earrings, pendants catches and even rings. In most applications where something has to open or show some form of movement, there will be a hinge or a modified hinge.
There are many different forms of hinges, some very complicated, but the basic one is where one starts.
This tutorial covers how to make a basic three knuckles hinge, that is, three pieces of tubing that fit into ach
other. Here is a free tutorial on How to Make Tubing Stock supply for your workshop.
Mostly hinges have to be designed to the specs of the jewelry piece, and thus cannot always be bought from the jewelry supplier. Once you've mastered the basic techniques, you can experiment with various sizes and applications.
This hinge was made for titanium watch strap.