Tool Tip - Bench Brushes
by Judy Larson
Any time a filing, sanding, or grinding mess is made on my desktop, it needs to be cleaned up. Even when I use a dust collecting box, some of the particles end up on my work surface.
Instructions
A large bench brush is an essential tool to clean up those messes and gets used often during every work session so I keep it handy, along with a dust mask and safety glasses.
Judy Larson's Tool Tip -  Bench Brushes - , Tools For Wire Jewelry, Filing, Finishing, bench brushes
Judy Larson's Tool Tip -  Bench Brushes - , Tools For Wire Jewelry, Filing, Finishing, bench brushes
Judy Larson's Tool Tip -  Bench Brushes - , Tools For Wire Jewelry, Filing, Finishing, bench brushes
After sweeping my work surface (a cutting mat used by quilters) I will use sanitizing wipes (we all have them since stocking up a bit at the beginning of the pandemic) or a wet sponge to clean away any fine dust that is left. Besides wiping down my work surface, all the other surfaces in my work-room (the laundry room) are wiped down as well.
Judy Larson's Tool Tip -  Bench Brushes - , Tools For Wire Jewelry, Filing, Finishing, bench brushes
I save all my silver scrap and silver dust. Because I do not want it to be contaminated, I use two brushes dedicated for use just with silver. The large bench brush takes care of the larger particles, but I am surprised at how much is missed when I go back over the surface with the smaller brush.
Judy Larson's Tool Tip -  Bench Brushes - , Tools For Wire Jewelry, Filing, Finishing, bench brushes
My work surface is not a traditional jewelers workbench so does not have a sweeps drawer. It is an old partners desk rescued many years ago from a store remodel. I use it when I sew, scrapbook, and do art projects as well as make jewelry. When I saw out silver pieces, I put a plastic shoebox in my lap to collect silver particles as they fall. Any other silver particles created during sawing are swept into the box using the small bench brush. Every so often, I go through the box and pick out larger silver bits-I missed one here. The dust can be melted down, or it can be used as is in projects, as in those earring pieces seen here where it was fused to metal discs.
Judy Larson's Tool Tip -  Bench Brushes - , Tools For Wire Jewelry, Filing, Finishing, bench brushes
Judy Larson's Tool Tip -  Bench Brushes - , Tools For Wire Jewelry, Filing, Finishing, bench brushes
Judy Larson's Tool Tip -  Bench Brushes - , Tools For Wire Jewelry, Filing, Finishing, bench brushes
Other brushes used on my workbench are two I inherited from my watchmaker father-in-law, and an old toothbrush. The middle one is just like the smaller bench brush above, but smaller. The other two have stiffer bristles. A divided craft/hobby store box keeps everything I use often within reach on my work surface.
Judy Larson's Tool Tip -  Bench Brushes - , Tools For Wire Jewelry, Filing, Finishing, bench brushes
Judy Larson's Tool Tip -  Bench Brushes - , Tools For Wire Jewelry, Filing, Finishing, bench brushes

Materials

14 Gauge Dead Soft Argentium Silver Sheet - 6 Inches
H19-14SM6
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1 Inch
  • Price: $108.56
  • Gold Club Price: $81.42
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Tools

2/0 Relentless Sawblade - Sold by the Dozen
SAW-400.05D
  • SAW-400.05D
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $3.97
  • Gold Club Price: $2.98
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4 Saw Frame with Tension Screw
SAW-334.00
  • SAW-334.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $21.97
  • Gold Club Price: $16.48
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Glasgow Bench Brush
BRS-359.04
  • BRS-359.04
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $6.95
  • Gold Club Price: $5.21
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Large Bench Brush
BRS-969.10
  • BRS-969.10
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $8.95
  • Gold Club Price: $6.71
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Safety Glasses
G21-1
  • G21-1
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $2.97
  • Gold Club Price: $2.23
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  • Category: Tools
  • Technique(s): Filing / Finishing