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Piercing

Piercing is specifically the action of using a jeweler’s saw to cut out shapes from the interior of a piece of metal. In order to do this, you must first drill a hole in the metal, through which you’ll thread your saw blade. Drill the hole near the edge of the shape so that you don’t have to do any excessive sawing to reach your design’s edge.

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Figure 1

Release one end of the saw blade from the saw frame (the bottom is usually easiest). Thread the blade through the hole in the metal, making sure your design is facing up. Support the metal piece so that it doesn’t push the end of the blade out of alignment, and tighten the blade in the frame (Figure 1). Test the blade for tension.

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Figure 2

Saw out the inside section of the metal, staying on the inside of the line (Figure 2). Keep your original line so that you can file up to it later to clean up the edge. The sawn piece will fall from the sheet once you’ve completed your cut.

 

To remove the metal, support the piece, loosen one of the wing nuts on the saw frame, and carefully slide the metal off the blade.

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