So what is actually taught in a Finnish jewelry school? Well, quite a lot. We have a packed curriculum, and even though the pandemic is causing the school to switch most non hands-on learning to online, we have also spent time learning the ropes of hand-sawing copper, as well marketing.
In the Finnish curriculum, jewelry learning is roughly split in two, and this split could on my opinion be translated in English as hot and cold work. In Finnish they have different idioms; our cold-work section is called ”lastuava työ” and this can be translate as chip removal, or more familiarly machining work. What is means in Finnish is that metal is removed in order to gain its shape. These types of ”lastuava työ” include:
Filing: the process of filing metal in order to removed chips and unwanted particles.
Sawing: the process of sawing metal. For this a specific jeweler’s saw is used.
Piercing: the process of piercing metal, usually with a drill.
CNC-machining: the process of using machines to chip away at the metal, or carve it.
Engraving: the process of using special engraving tips to remove metal.
Sanding : the process of using sandpaper to remove unwanted surface particles.
Thus in Finland it is not separated by if the work is done with cold or hot connections, but by either removing metal, or adding, or shaping metal. The other side of ”lastuava työ” is called ”muovaava työ”. This means that the silver gains its shape through modeling, as in wax carving or 3-D modeling.
We have been sawing organic forms and geometrical forms, and we have also been introduced to filing and sanding. We also got info on how to use the caliper , or in Finnish ”työntömitta”. In order to measure metal precisely. If you’d like to know how to use a caliper in jewelry applications yourself, you can watch this video here, or if you’d like to know how to use a manual Vernier caliper, check out this video here.
What kind of jewelry can be achieved with ”lastuava työ”? Opportunities are endless, and typically utilize properties of flat metal sheet.
What have I done so far?
I have been sawing, filing and sanding metals. Check out the photo gallery.
Thanks for reading <3
PS: a little tip video on how to saw metal: Video on Youtube.
PPS: how to create precise lines for cutting on metal, and tools needed to make perfect 90-degree angles on metal: website.