Casts, anneals, solders, hammers, or shapes gold, silver, pewter or other metals to form jewelry or other metal items such as goblets or candlesticks.
This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Manufacturing Production pathway.
A person in this career:
- Cuts and files pieces of jewelry such as rings, brooches, bracelets, and lockets.
- Solders parts together or fills holes and cracks with metal solder, using gas torches.
- Polishes articles by hand or by using a polishing wheel.
- Pierces and cuts open designs in ornamentation, using hand drills and scroll saws.
- Positions and aligns auxiliary parts in jigs and joins parts, using solder and blowtorches.
- Examines articles to determine the nature of defects requiring repair, such as dents, uneven bottoms, scratches, or holes.
- Shapes and straightens damaged or twisted articles by hand or using pliers.
- Anneals precious metal objects such as coffeepots, tea sets, and trays in gas ovens for prescribed times to soften metal for reworking.
- Rotates molds to distribute alloys and to prevent formation of air pockets.
- Weighs and mixes alloy ingredients, using formulas and knowledge of ingredients' chemical properties.