A bench peg is a piece of wood attached to a jeweler’s work bench and the way each jeweller uses their peg is unique. The shape of each peg is formed over time by the use of filing, drilling and hand sawing. John's bench peg (left) has been set with the odd spare diamond and ruby, an idea he borrowed from Melbourne jeweller and friend Simon Icarus Baigent. Guess which one is the left handed jeweller...
There are many variations of techniques and every jeweller would have their favourites. One stone setting technique that John employs is pictured here, where the ring is set up on the mandrel, and he uses a brass setting punch and a chasing hammer to push the bezel over the stone.
Emma has begun the creation of a sterling silver loop in loop chain. 69 rings have been cut and soldered and will be formed into links (top right). In the bottom photo you can see the unsoldered and soldered rings, and the first links of the chain. 5 down, 64 to go…
Behind the scenes in the workshop. John Miller soldering a silver bangle at John Miller Design Yallingup
John Miller working at his bench. Tools, metals, gemstones and more.
Gold pour at John Miller Design. Molten gold is poured into the heated ingot mold then we begin to create something special
John Miller Design tools of the trade. A selection of jewellers files with custom made handles made from bamboo and other timer
A peak into the John Miller Design workshop. Hammers, punches and the hydraulic press