Through this 7-week class, you will be introduced to the arcane and secret techniques of making fine jewelry. No prior experience is necessary. You will come away with new skills and finished pieces to show off and be proud of. We will work primarily in sterling silver, brass, and copper.
We start with basics hand tools. Stamping, hammering, and roller printing yield delightful textures on blank sheet metal. These textured samples are then precision cut using a jeweler’s saw into any fanciful form you like.
We’ll take those cut pieces and combine them with a cold connection: joining pieces through riveting. Past students have made dog tags, keychain fobs, simple pendants, and wall pieces with the riveting technique.
The second half of the class focuses on learning to solder. Exercises in soldering lead to the design and fabrication of a piece of jewelry from sterling silver with a cabochon stone in a bezel setting. Finishing techniques, like oxidizing and polishing, round out the class lessons. You will walk away with a completed piece of your own design.
Students will come away with a familiarity of basic jewelry making skills: Sawing, Filing, Soldering, Polishing, Riveting, Surface Embellishment, Rolling-Mill, Bezel Stone-setting, Safe tool handling and operation.
Project Goals: Students complete a riveting project and a finished piece of jewelry with a bezel-set cabochon.
A materials fee of $45 included in the price of the class – covers the cost of metals, a cabochon gemstone, and consumables such as saw blades, drill bits, and solder. You must wear close-toe shoes and secure long hair. We have some aprons available, you may bring your own. A sketchbook for your ideas and notes is handy.
This class runs 7 Tuesdays, starting April 2 @ 6PM
This class will not run with fewer than 4 students.