Take a Decorative Approach to Sawing & Filing

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Use a traditional knife-making technique to add precise detail to your jewelry.
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After working for 17 years as an art jeweler and goldsmith, I discovered a new (to me) and intriguing technique when I started making knives: filework. Filework is used extensively as an embellishment on fancy knives (see one of my knives on page 69), and has been in use since the early ‘70s. It helps raise a common tool (the knife) into the arena of art. There are many different and beautiful filework patterns in regular use in the knife world, and this pattern, called “Rolling Ribbon,” was one of the first I learned as a new knifemaker. It’s a fun technique that is a great addition to your jewelry-making skill repertoire — it can make a nice frame for a stone setting, a ring, hoop earrings, pendant, etc. The only limit is your imagination!

By Dellana

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