Introduction to Jewelry
This course is designed to introduce you to a variety of technical processes, design concepts, and tools essential for understanding and working with non-ferrous metals on a wearable scale. Attention will be given to material sourcing, the production and critique of metalwork, and the cultural and historical aspects of jewelry as artistic expression. Some basic techniques that will be covered include sawing, filing, riveting, simple forming, hammer texture, soldering, and finishing.
Note that this classroom is accessible by stairs only; please contact Fleisher for more information.
This is an in-person class which will take place in our building with strict social distancing protocols and reduced student capacity. Please see our COVID-19 community safety policies.
Tuition Assistance is Available
To make our classes and workshops accessible to everyone, Fleisher offers tuition assistance every term so that everyone can join our creative community. We have recently streamlined the application process, making it even quicker and easier. Tuition assistance applications can be completed once registration is open by clicking here. The deadline to apply for fall term assistance is Monday, August 29th. Tuition assistance notifications will be sent by Friday, September 2nd.
What you will learn:
A cultural history of jewelry and small-scale metals
Design concepts as they pertain to wearable and decorative metals
Working with specialized tools
Recommended jewelry and metal suppliers:
- Hagstoz: 709 Sansom Street. • 215-922-1627
- Pamma Tools: 809 Sansom Street • 215-928-6004
- Rio Grande: 1-800-545-6566
Start the term with these supplies:
No nickel or steel in studio unless previously discussed and gold at your own expense!
Materials are extremely important to have because without them projects will not be able to be completed.
Herkules saw blades 2/0 – two dozen (24 total)
3 x 3 inch 20 gauge copper sheet
3 x 3 inch 20 gauge brass sheet
1 foot of 14 gauge round brass wire hard
2 feet of 18 gauge round copper wire soft
Sketchbook or paper to draw on
Sharpie thin and thick, “black” only
Pencil and pen
Scissors (basic for cutting paper)
Old rag or t-shirt for drying metal
Chain or leather cord for two pendants
Midway through the term you will need:
Sterling silver bezel wire
Sterling silver sheet 24 gauge – 1 x 1 inch
Solder hard, medium, easy – 6 inches of each
3 small plastic bags or containers to keep solder in