Introduction to Jewelry Making

The class will introduce you to a variety of technical processes, concepts, and design tools essential for understanding and working with fine metals. Learn about material sourcing and the cultural and historical aspects of jewelry and small-scale metals as a form of artistic expression. Some basic techniques that will be covered include sawing, filing, riveting, simple forming, texturing, stone setting, soldering, and finishing. By the end of the class, you will have designed and made several jewelry pieces of your very own!

What you will learn in this class:

  • Cultural history of jewelry and small-scale metals

  • Design concepts as they pertain to wearable and decorative metals

  • Working with specialized tools

  • Basic techniques

Required supplies:

  • Sketchbook

  • Thin tip and thick tip sharpie

  • Rubber cement

  • Scribe

  • Midway through the term you will need: 3″ x 1″ 18 gauge sterling silver; 6″ of bezel wire; Cabochon stone; 6″ of Hard solder; 6″ of Medium