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.


Special Notes

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 summer term assistance is Friday, May 27th. Tuition assistance notifications will be sent by Wednesday, June 1st.

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

  • Basic techniques

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 3/0 – two dozen (24 total)

  • 3 x 3-inch 20 gauge copper sheet

  • 3 x 3-inch 20 gauge brass sheet

  • 3-inch 18 gauge sterling silver rectangular wire, 5mm wide

  • 6-inch each of solder wire in hard, medium, and easy

  • Tracing paper

  • Three paint sticks

  • One sheet each of wet or dry silicone carbide sand paper in 220, 320, and 400 grit

  • Masking tape

  • Millimeter ruler

  • Sketchbook or paper to draw on

  • Pencil and pen

  • Scissors (basic for cutting paper)

  • Old Rag or t-shirt for drying metal

Midway through the term you will need:

  • Cabochon cut gemstone – no smaller than 15mm (available at Hagstoz or Rio Grande)

  • 6-inch 26 gauge fine sterling silver bezel wire, 6mm wide

  • Sterling silver sheet 24 gauge – 1 x 1-inch

  • Three small plastic baggies or containers to keep solder in