Produce formed jewellery or silverware components

Business Sectors (Suites): Jewellery Manufacture, Silversmithing and Allied Trades
Developed by: Creative & Cultural Skills
Approved on: 14 Aug 2015


​This standard covers the skills to produce components using forming techniques in jewellery or silversmithing.  You will work to instructions and use a range of forming techniques including hand and mechanical processes.  These techniques will be used with different types of materials and include formed components such as round and square drawplates and draw tongs.

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

  1. ​use a range of hand forming tools for curved surfaces in line with industry best practice
  2. use a range of hand and machine forming tools for flat surfaces in line with industry best practice
  3. produce a range of formed components in line with project needs
  4. produce formed components using a mechanical press in line with project needs 
  5. check the work for defects in line with the needs of the project
  6. take action to rectify any defects detected in line with workplace instructions
  7. check the work to the given specifications in line with workplace instructions

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

  1. uses and care of hand and machine forming tools
  2. the importance of keeping the work area safe and tidy
  3. methods of heating material to anneal components before forming
  4. common defects and ways to rectify these
  5. who to ask for support and when to do so
  6. how to draw solid and hollow wire profiles
  7. how to check that the finished work meets the specification required
  8. best practice in forming within chosen jewellery industry


​1.         Types of instructions:

    1. verbal
    2. visual

2.         Types of hand forming tools for curved surfaces:

    1. doming block and punches
    2. swage blocks
    3. simple chasing punches
    4. mandrels and triblets  

3.         Types of hand and machine forming tools for flat surfaces:

    1. flat iron/flat plate
    2. sheet rolling mills
    3. wire rolling mills

4.         Formed components include:

    1. small round and square drawplates up to 3mm
    2. larger round and square drawplates from 3mm upwards
    3. bench vice and draw tongs
    4. draw bench​

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Indicative Review Date

14 Aug 2018





Originating Organisation

Creative & Cultural Skills

Original URN


Relevant Occupations

Design Associate Professionals, Skilled Trades NEC

SOC Code



Jewellery; design; technique; product; file; manufacture; silverware; components; finish; formed; form; piece; metal; component