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|JEWELLER’S SWAGE BLOCK
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|The Jewellers Swage Block, is an important and versatile tool. Swage blocks are often sold with polished metal bars, that are a perfect fit for the grooves, on the top of the swage block. The block allows the jeweller to form, U-shape strips or cylindrical curves, for decorative jewellery designs. The jeweller is only limited by his / her skill and experience.
|The image opposite, shows a set of bars and a swage block. Each of the bars fit a specific groove in the swage block. The surfaces of the bars and grooves, should be scratch free, with a polished finish.
|If a small diameter u-shaped strip is required, the jeweller starts with the large groove and bar. A wooden mallet is used to apply ‘gentle blows’. He / she works from the larger groove to a smaller groove, one stage (groove) at a time, until the desired size is reached.
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