Through this 7-week class you will be introduced to the arcane and secret techniques of making fine jewelry. No prior experience is necessary, and by the end 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.
First: the basics. You will learn to use fundamental hand tools, such as a jeweler’s saw, files, stamps, and hammers. 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. Students have made dogtags, 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 and you will walk away with a completed piece of your own design. This class is excellent preparation for working independently in the Artisan Asylum’s studio space. Hands-on work-time is balanced with lessons and as well as time to interact with other students.
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 due the first night of class to cover 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.
$45; payable directly to the Instructor
Tuesdays, 9/17/19 – 11/5/19 [Please note this class skips Tuesday, 10/8 for Yom Kippur]
This class will not run with fewer than 4 students.