When I first had an interest in learning metalsmithing, I looked everywhere for a list of what I would need to get started. I found a beginner's kit online that was helpful but had very little of what I really needed. After a few years of struggling to teach myself, I thought I would save other beginners time by providing a list of tools that you will need to start metalsmithing. This list will get you started on your metalsmithing journey! It is only the minimum of what you will need to start and a few extras that have been my favorites.
All essential tools will cost in total $320-$400(this is not including the cost of materials and the optional tools I added that I love). The total price is also for the least expensive options available, there are more expensive and better-quality tools, but this is for the minimalist looking to just get started.
In addition to tools, you will also need materials to work with. Though silver and metal prices are highly variable and change daily, you can probably expect to pay roughly $60-$80 to get started with your first piece. Start simple and be patient it will take some practice but you can do it. I hope this list of tools will be helpful in getting you off to a better start than I had.
Soldering Made Simple is a wonderful book on how to learn metalsmithing. I read this book two times before picking up the torch. I still go back to it every now and then as a refresher and never regret the read.
Indian Jewelry Making is a fantastic book filled with techniques and tools you will want to add to your collection as a metalsmith.
-Basic Tools you will need-
12x12 Ceramic Tile
from your local Home Depot
Simple Dremel (this is for dogs nails but the exact same thing used for jewelry just different branding and half the cost then other Dremel)
Optional Safety(recommend wearing some kind of mask while working)-
-Chemicals you will need-