Metal Shears Care
by Judy Larson
Here's a tip for keeping your metal shears sharp and functional.
Instructions
Cutting metal shapes is a tedious chore, especially when doing production work. All the shears shown work well and two have a good spring system for opening the blades and handles after a cut. Shears that look like scissors usually do not have a spring for opening them back up after a cut. Hand strength can become an issue when many pieces are to be cut, especially without a spring. Frustrations sets in when the shears do not open as easily as when first purchased. It could be that the hinged portion of the shear needs to be lubricated. More often than not, just the blades need a bit of lubrication. 3-in-1 oil works well, but then oil gets everywhere and needs to be removed from all the cut pieces before they can be used.
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A great solution to that problem can be found in the kitchen-waxed paper! Tear off about a foot of waxed paper, jelly roll and then flatten the piece. Paper clip the center to keep it from unrolling. Cut a narrow piece from one end of the waxed paper with metal shears when the blades start sticking and/or the handles do not spring out as fast as they should. There is an added benefit of cutting waxed paper with shears. Just like using cut lube on a saw blade or disc cutting punch, the cutting edges of the shears stay sharper longer.
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Materials

24 Gauge Dead Soft Sterling Silver Sheet - 6 Inches
H8-24SM6
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1 Inch
  • Price: $30.72
  • Gold Club Price: $23.04
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Tools

7 Inch Jewelers Metal Shear - Pack of 1
G35-4
  • G35-4
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $7.97
  • Gold Club Price: $5.98
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Metal Cutting Shears
SHR-536.00
  • SHR-536.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $14.97
  • Gold Club Price: $11.23
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Pro Shear
SHR-544.00
  • SHR-544.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $12.95
  • Gold Club Price: $9.71
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Xuron Sheer - Non Serrated
SHR-691.81
  • SHR-691.81
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $24.95
  • Gold Club Price: $18.71
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