How to Cut a Brass Sheet With a Jeweler's Saw

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How to Cut a Brass Sheet With a Jeweler's Saw
The thickness of a jeweller's saw blade matches the thickness of brass sheet metal. (saw blade image by laviniaparscuta from

Copper and zinc combine to form brass. The colour and corrosion resistance of brass make it a common material for jewellery and craft projects. Cutting both tight corners and straight lines on sheet brass requires a jeweller's saw. A jeweller's saw contains three adjustment screws that provide the tension required for the saw's thin blade to cut through a brass sheet.

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Things you need

  • Pattern
  • Permanent marker
  • Bench pin with clamp
  • C-clamp
  • Paraffin wax

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  1. 1

    Align a pattern on a brass sheet. Trace around the pattern with a permanent marker. Remove the pattern.

  2. 2

    Clamp a bench pin to a worktable with 2 to 3 inches of the pin extending beyond one edge of the tabletop.

  3. 3

    Cut a 3/4-inch-wide by 1-inch-deep V-notch in the end of the bench pin with the jeweller's saw. Discard the removed section of the wooden bench pin.

  4. 4

    Set the brass sheet on the bench pin. Slide the sheet to align the pattern outline with the V-notch. Position a C-clamp with the top section of the clamp over the sheet and the bottom clamp section on the bottom of the bench pin.

  5. 5

    Run a stick of paraffin along the edge of the jeweller's saw blade. Align the coated blade with the pattern line marked on the brass sheet.

  6. 6

    Press down on the brass sheet with the fingers of your nondominant hand. Move the saw up and down while pushing the saw toward the brass sheet. Cut along the traced line. Release the clamp. Move the sheet to keep the line inside the V-notch.

  7. 7

    Remove the clamp to release the brass sheet from the bench pin.

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