Tools & Materials
WHAT’S SO IMPORTANT ABOUT TOOLS?
“The right tool is half the job.”
-Old German Goldsmiths saying
Tools are essential to jewelry work. Our classes require many tools.
DO I HAVE TO BUY MY OWN TOOLS FOR CLASS?
You will receive a tool list for each class in which you are registered. There are three ways to arrange for tools during class:
1. Bring your own and fill in with other required tools as needed.
2. Purchase the tools (Order your tools in advance from Otto Frei, a tool supply company that offers complimentary delivery to Revere twice per day) or elsewhere.
3. Use the Academy’s tools.
WHO IS OTTO FREI?
Otto Frei was a Swiss watchmaker who founded a jewelry supply company almost 80 years ago. His grandsons continue the tradition of offering top quality hand tools (mostly German and Swiss). Their prices are competitive and, with complimentary delivery twice per weekday, convenient. Otto Frei has supplied Academy student tools for three decades. They stand by their products and are very easy to deal with if you have any problems.
DO I NEED MY OWN TOOLS?
Ultimately you will need all these tools. The advantage of having your own tools from the start is that you will be able to customize them as needed in class. And then you will have all the tools you need ready to use next time. Without tools, you are unable to do this work
CAN I USE THE ACADEMY’S TOOLS?
A set of hand tools is available for your use during class. These tools are listed in the second section of the tool list. There is a section for Optional tools. In addition, you may be required to buy some specific items, depending on which class you are taking. All necessary tools will be provided by the Academy for Introductory Classes.
HOW MUCH DO THE TOOLS COST?
The cost of tools varies from class to class and is not included in the materials kit fee. To complete the diploma programs, budget a minimum of $600 for tools in addition to the tools available for use through the Academy.
WHAT TOOLS WILL I NEED AT HOME?
You will need all of the required tools, all of the hand tools available for use through the Academy (a $600 value) and some larger pieces of equipment in order to setup a jewelry studio at home. Budget approximately $1000 -2500 for this equipment.
I HAVE SOME OF THE TOOLS ON THE LIST, BUT NOT AN EXACT MATCH. DO YOU ADVISE THAT I BRING MY TOOLS OR BUY NEW TOOLS?
Bring all the appropriate jewelry tools to your first class. Your instructor will review the tool list and discuss options as well as answer questions. At the beginning of class you can order the tools you need from Otto Frei, the tool supplier that delivers to Revere twice per day on weekdays.
CAN I BRING MY OWN METAL?
To ensure that everyone has exactly the required bits and pieces, we provide all materials as part of the kit for each class.
CAN I STORE MY TOOLS SAFELY AT THE ACADEMY?
We provide lockers. You can lock up your tools at night or take them home. You can also leave a toolbox on a shelf above your bench, out of the way when you are not using it. Rolling bags that take up floor space are discouraged. They will not fit in the lockers.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE MATERIALS KIT FEE?
The materials kit fee for each class includes the actual materials, such as the gold, silver and stones you will use in class. Substitution of your own materials is not allowed. All of the projects you make in class become yours to keep.
WHAT IS THE KEY FOB DEPOSIT?
Due to the unique nature of the Humboldt Bank Building, students attending weekend classes will need a key fob to enter the building. Please bring a check or $20 cash as a deposit.