Saw Piercing For Beginners

Take your first steps into the world of metalsmithing, as we guide you step by step through creating an intricate saw pierced pendant.

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Kick Ass Handouts

Nobody wants to work with their laptop on their desk! That’s why we created downloadable handouts full of detailed instructions and step by step photographs to help you on your creative journey.  Our Saw Pierced Pendant class has 31 pages of easy to understand handouts, supporting materials and tools list.

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Engaging Videos

Crystal clear, direct to the point, and with a little humor thrown in for good measure. Our aim is that you learn as quickly and as effectively as possible whilst making you feel like you’re right here with us in the studio. The Saw Pierced Pendant class has over 1 hour 40 minutes of easy to follow, succinct videos to help you get creating confidently in no time at all.

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Clear Explanations

We understand that concepts don’t just need explaining in terms of how, but also why…it’s only by truly understanding the why that you’ll be able to develop the thought processes necessary to work effectively alone. We’re super happy to have you as a student, but what would make us happiest? You, being able to create, all by yourself.

If you ever thought
"I just don't know where to start from!"

Let me help you, right here is the perfect spot.  I want to show you step by step that the art of saw piercing is much easier than you think.  By learning the right techniques from the start, whilst working on fun projects, we’ll build your confidence with a jeweller’s saw in no time at all.  As one of the most regularly used tools on a jeweller’s bench, saw piercing is the perfect place to start your metalsmithing journey.

In this class, we’ll guide you step by step as we create an elegant Dahlia flower pendant together. But that’s not all, we have included a total of 20 designs in the course resources section, which you can use however you like – just in case you want a little more practice! No experience is required to take this course, making this a perfect first jewellery making project even for absolute beginners. 

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Join Our Metalsmith Academy Membership


All from $39 per month!
(on our yearly plan)

You’ll not only get this class, but all our other online classes too, and much much more!

Saw Pierced Pendant Practice
Saw Pierced Pendant
Saw Pierced Pendant

Practice makes perfect, which is why we included 18 royalty free designs for you to use in this class, you can even combine our saw piercing templates with other techniques such as those explained in our Bezel Set Pendant class or Octopus Set Ring class.  Want a little more practice, we put together this Botanical Design Pack with even more designs for you to choose from.

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Tools and materials you'll need at a minimum

  • 18 gauge brass, bronze or sterling silver sheet
  • Safety glasses
  • Bench Pin
  • Jeweller’s saw frame
  • Quality saw blades such as Pike or Rio Grande Laser Gold
  • Flex shaft motor (also known as a pendant motor)
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Flat nose pliers
  • Flush cutters
  • Selection of drill bits
  • Half round and barrette escapement files 
  • Selection of sandpaper
  • Polishing compound
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A note on tools

The list can go on and on for tool requirements depending on your budget, and we will include a variety of possibilities in our downloadable handouts and during the tutorials. However, we want to make our projects available to everyone irrespective of budget so for the most part we will try not to get too flashy with the essential tools.  Please note that in our course materials we give you lots of options in terms of tools, so we strongly recommend watching the course videos before going out on any crazy shopping sprees.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Yes you will need specific tools for this class, we have included a basic tool list above, and the course contains detailed tool handouts together with product codes for all tools used during the class.

Unfortunately, we can’t provide a specific answer to that questions.  It depends on the tools you decide to purchase and the quality.  We try to include as many options as possible in our classes so that student’s can make choices based on their budget, but we will be honest, tools are not cheap.

The videos are only playable through the website and so are not downloadable.

Absolutely you can!  It would be pretty tough to work with your laptop on your workbench.

If you do want that little extra support, don’t worry at all – that is one of the main reasons why we launched our membership.  Lucy, Vennice and the team will be active in the forums daily to help with any problems you might be having with the classes.

Unfortunately not at this stage, however our handouts that accompany the videos have extensive, easy to follow instructions.