Produce tools and jigs for use in the manufacturing process of jewellery or silversmithing

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


This standard covers the skills required to produce tools for the jewellery or silversmithing industry using a combination of techniques.  You will try different methods of making tools and jigs for a range of design projects and produce tools in different materials such as ferrous and non-ferrous components.

You will be required to work to instructions and to use a range of techniques to make the type of tool or jig required.  You will be expected to check the quality of your work using measuring equipment appropriate to the aspects being checked and tolerances to be achieved. 

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

  1. research different techniques and combinations of techniques to produce tools and jigs in line with project needs
  2. experiment with different techniques to produce tools and jigs in line project needs
  3. produce tools and jigs using a range of materials in line with workplace instructions
  4. produce components which use the tools and jigs in line with industry best practice
  5. seek support and guidance when problems arise in line with workplace instructions
  6. check the work for defects in line with the needs of the project
  7. take action to rectify any defects detected in line with industry best practice
  8. complete the work to the given specification in line with workplace instructions

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

  1. safety precautions to be taken when using the tools and jigs
  2. protective clothing and equipment and the importance of wearing it
  3. the importance of keeping the work area safe and tidy
  4. how to check finished tools and jigs for dimensional accuracy, squareness, angle and surface finish
  5. how to check that finished work meet the specification required
  6. who to ask for support and when to do so
  7. common defects and how to rectify them
  8. best practice in tools and jigs for chosen jewellery industry


  1. ​Tool making materials include:

    1. ferrous
    2. non-ferrous
    3. non metallic

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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; production; tools; jigs; manufacturing; silversmithing